It doesn’t matter whether a God called you, or you approached a God. Neither situation makes you a better or “more legit” heathen or pagan than anyone else.
If you approached a God, it doesn’t matter whether your interest was piqued by a pop culture representation, a retelling of…
Open cultures are like garage sales. The owner is literally laying everything out for you to take. Sure, you may have to pay for some things, but usually it’s a small price, and the owner doesn’t have to know you for you to take them.
Closed cultures are like your neighbors house. Sure, they might have cool, pretty, nice things that you like, but you don’t get to just take them because you want them. They do not belong to you. You are not entitled to their things just because they are there.
And who decides what is open and what is closed? Or is it just free game for all European cultures?
Generally, it’s the cultures themselves. Just like with the example I gave: the owners of the material decides what’s for sale, and what’s not.
If there’s an initiation process (such as with Judaism, or Hinduism) it’s closed. (Although this applies more to religions than with cultures themselves).
If it’s a culture that has been highly damaged by Imperialism (such as the NA and African tribes), and they say “no outsiders please, our stuff is not free for the taking”, then it’s closed.
If the culture was highly Imperialistic (such as Ancient Rome or England), it’s generally open.
If it’s dead (such as Ancient Egypt) it’s generally open.
It has nothing do with European vs non-European, or white s PoC. It has everything to with the cultures themselves.
Then who decides who speaks for a culture?
Asatru it pretty split on Folkish and Universalist, which side gets to speak for it, then?
Asatru is the reconstruction of a dead religion (that’s why it’s being reconstructed). The fact that it’s dead (as I mentioned above) means it is open. There is no one alive to speak for it, as everyone who practiced it in it’s original historical context is.
To keep to the earlier analogy, reconstructed religions are like public estate sales. The original owner is actually dead and no one really owns all this stuff any more so pretty much everything of up for grabs. The stuff may not be as easy/cheap to acquire as the garage sale, and since the owner is dead you can’t ask for context and anecdotes on the stuff for sale, but there are still treasures to be found at one.
yay its finished and i managed to film most of it! So expect a process video in the next few days!
Peat from a bog near Edinburgh contains 11,500-year-old vegetation and glimpses of the impact made by humans on the landscape from as far back as the Neolithic period, say experts who have foraged seven metres into the earth across parts of a site previously known for prehistoric settlements.
Ravelrig Bog, where an early Iron Age palisaded homestead was found during preparations for a quarry extension, contains two hillforts. Kaimes Hill offers evidence of human activity from the Mesolithic period, while the unexcavated Dalmahoy Hill is thought to have been occupied during the pre-Roman Iron Age and early medieval times. Read more.
Sometimes I wish I was 29 with my life figured out & sometimes I wish I was 5 with my whole life ahead of me and not a care in the world
I’m 29. You know what I’ve got figured out? Tomorrow. And that a red shirt should really not go in a load of whites. Having your life figured out is not age dependent. The surest way to ruin your own life is to constantly down yourself for “not having it figured out”.
I’m 40, and “figured out” is an on going process. Some years it gets figured better than others, and just about the time you think you’ve finally got IT… life completely fucks you over and you start back at the bottom again.
Oh, OP. I am sorry, but the “life figured out” thing is not something that happens by 29, if at all.
Sing this song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9WZtxRWieM
I’m 29 and having things figured out does not come with the territory. Sorry. Hell, my dad is in his mid 60s and still says he wishes he knew what he wanted to be when he grows up.
"Makeup should enhance your natural beauty, not obscure it. Use subtle highlights to accent the ravenous hunger in your eyes and bring out the extraordinary size of your submandibular venom glands."
"Your daily positive affirmation: today I am thankful for being alive and blessed with rows upon rows of teeth that shear right through muscle and bone."
"Conceal your dark circles. Conceal your bright chevrons and your dusky stripes. The humans must not suspect what you are."
"New research shows that ideal femininity encompasses a lamia’s beauty, a cyclops’ strength, a hydra’s deadliness, a Fury’s heartlessness, a harpy’s swiftness, and a sphinx’s love of feasting on less intelligent creatures. Be a chimera that cannot be contained!"
"Aim to be described as "inexplicably eerie," "unsettlingly off," and "I’m not sure what she looks like, I could never keep my eyes on her face long enough to see."
Anonymous said: If you plan on doing tarot bags plz do them in varying sizes with stuff next to them for size comparison. I have some reg size decks but also small and large and I cannot for the life of me picture accurate measurements in my head so a lot of my decks remain without bags because I can't figure out what sizes to buy. :( ( I once bought a ruler and was like heck yeah I got this now only to lose the ruler by the time I got home and I just :V )
Size comparisons, got it
Also, helpful thing for anon. You tell them your monitor diagonal size and they give you an accurately sized ruler. If you don’t know your monitor size or just want to double check it lets you adjust to the size of common object you likely have on hand like credit cards and CD/DVD?BluRay discs.
PS if you liked Beowulf, Grendel is a really really good book and it’s funny as fuck if you’re an educated reader
I actually did not care for “Grendel” but Beowulf is life.
I thought it was worth a read, though it’s not my favorite thing in the world.
Grendel, I mean. Beowulf is of course my favorite thing ever.
I’ve been trying to decide if I want to read Grendel or not. Reviews continue to be mixed…
Finally, Nigeria’s Kidnapped Schoolgirls Are Coming Home
Photo: Some of the schoolgirls Boko Haram kidnapped in mid-April.
"On Friday, Nigeria’s government announced it had reached a deal with Boko Haram to release the approximately 200 schoolgirls held captive by the Islamist terror group since April.
The agreement, announced by the country’s defense minister, also involves a cease fire between Boko Haram and Nigeria’s military. The government expects the terror group will not back out on the deal. “Commitment among parts of Boko Haram and the military does appear to be genuine,” an official with Nigeria’s security forces told Reuters Friday. “It is worth taking seriously.”
Boko Haram militants abducted more than 300 schoolgirls from Chibok boarding school in northern Nigeria in mid-April, sparking a worldwide outcry and propelling the group onto to the international stage for the first time. Over fifty of the girls escaped early on. The rest have remained in captivity ever since.”
As reported by Mother Jones
AWESOME NEWS - this has been such a nightmare to follow, it is so great to hear the girls are being released!
Australian rock art is under threat from both natural and cultural forces impacting on sites. But what saddens me the most is that there is so much government lethargy in Australia when it comes to documenting and protecting Australia’s rock art.
The Weekend Australian reported that 1,700 engraved boulders were removed to make way for the North West Shelf gas plant on Western Australia’s Burrup Peninsula in the early 1980s were relocated to a ridge. They sat in a fenced compound for 30 years alongside others damaged due to neglect. Although the original landscape context of the art was destroyed at least they are now out of what was called the “the graveyard”.
But now, impending changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act by the Western Australian government means Aboriginal heritage will be worse off than ever before. This is because one person, possibly without relevant expertise, will be given the power to say yes or no to site destruction for development rather than a committee of experts. Read more.