C'mon

uchihaaudrey-blog  asked:

So smudging is only in the Native american culture? Just so you know other religions practice it, like wicca wich IS a self-eclectic way of belief. Meaning we personalise our own beliefs/practice. Smudging isnt yours, and doesn't belong to anyone.

Except that smudging started in Native cultures, and was taken from them by Wiccans and other neo-pagans. Smoke cleansing is by no means unique to us, but we were smudging long before Wicca existed. And FYI, Wicca was invented in the 1950′s. That doesn’t make it any less valid a belief system, but Wiccans need to just admit how much they have borrowed/stolen from other religions instead of pretending they have some ancient lineage.

I used to move in neo-pagan circles. I met all sorts of people who insisted that smudging was super, super important to them. When I tried to offer them the way I learned growing up, the way I learned from other Natives, I was told I was doing it “wrong.”

Smudging was illegal for Native Americans to do until 3 years before I was born. When I was a child, I learned a “hidden” and changed version of it to get around this. I’m still uncovering and re-discovering my culture and my people. What culture are you uncovering and re-discovering? Mine?

I’ve heard this before. I’ve heard this for more than half of my life. I’ve been told I’m wrong so many times by white pagans that it drove me away from neo-paganism. Do you not realize that’s what you’re doing when you take other people’s traditions and claim them for yourself? Driving us away?

I wanted to share. I wanted to believe that you could be “eclectic” and “honoring” other cultures. I wanted to believe in spirituality and respect, but I got no respect. All I got were platitudes and self-righteous “but you must respect my beliefs!!!”

So, no. Smudging is mine, and other Native people’s. If you want to keep doing it, I can’t stop you. But I know you are probably doing it badly, and you are pissing off my ancestors and a lot of other people’s ancestors, too. Is this a thing you want to do?

I often wonder if people like you truly believe in what you claim to. If you did, you’d stay the hell away from private cultural practices so as not to anger other people’s ancestors and/or deities. Instead, you blithely move through the world as though nothing were more important than your own spiritual path, and that seems counter to everything Wicca is supposed to stand for.

“An it harm none,” right? And yet here I am, saying your smudging does harm, and you ignore what I say. Some Wiccan you are.

Any take on Luke as just a normal kid whining about freedom should probably account for the fact that he lives on a lawless desert planet controlled by gangsters who kept his father and grandmother as slaves

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I’m sorry but ya’ll can’t tell me that this mofo doesn’t look and/or act a lot like Tsukiyama from Tokyo Ghoul b/c I ain’t havin’ that shit if you do

Like I haven’t even watched/read anything about Tokyo Ghoul for years and it was driving me crazy trying to figure out who the Hell I was thinking about at the time and I finally fucking remembered