contrast in religions

House Blackwood, Lords of Raventree Hall, sworn to Riverrun

The Blackwoods are an ancient house in the Riverlands, descended of the First Men. They are lords of Raventree Hall in the Riverlands, sworn to House Tully. They once ruled the Riverlands as kings during the Age of Heroes. They blazon their arms with a flock of ravens on scarlet surrounding a dead weirwood upon a black escutcheon.

They have an old and bitter feud against their neighbors, the Brackens, coming from the Age of Heroes when both houses ruled as kings. According to the Blackwoods, the Brackens were petty lords and horse breeders who hired swords to usurp the Blackwood kings. The feud has continued throughout the years, aided by House Bracken’s conversion to the Faith of the Seven after the Andal invasion. In contrast, the Blackwoods kept the religion of the old gods, being one of the few houses south of the Neck to do so. The Blackwoods accuse the Brackens of having poisoned the weirwood of Raventree Hall. 

Lady Melissa Blackwood was a mistress of King Aegon IV Targaryen and the mother of one of the Great Bastards, Brynden Rivers, later known as Lord Bloodraven. Bryden was legitimized by Aegon IV Targaryen. He was a Targaryen loyalist during the Blackfyre Rebellion, the Hand of Aerys I, and Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. The current lord is Tytos Blackwood he has a close-cropped salt-and-pepper beard, a hook nose, and long hair. He is tall and thin and often wears a magnificent raven-feather cloak.

anonymous asked:

Earlier today, you suggested a book titled "Living Buddha, Living Christ" to someone. Are you aware of a similar book that instead deals with Judaism? Thank you.

A JuBu refers to someone with a Jewish background who practices some form of Buddhism. It has been estimated that 30 percent of all Western Buddhists are of Jewish heritage, and many of the prominent Western Buddhist teachers were born Jews. Here are five reasons why Jews are attracted to a Buddhist path:


Many Jewish seekers find that the Judaism they grew up in lacked a spiritual component with which they could connect. While many Jews today can identify with the cultural, social and historical aspects of Judaism, the spiritual dimension for many is significantly lacking. Today, increasing numbers of rabbis are acknowledging this problem. They maintain that there is a deep spiritual Jewish practice (through mystical Judaism and study of the Kabbalah) but that it has been inaccessible to the majority of Jews based on the way that Judaism is practiced in most synagogues across the country. Jews seeking a spiritual connection often find it in Buddhist philosophy where practices such as meditation and mindfulness are both central and accessible.


Because Buddhism in non-theistic in nature, Jewish believers in God, as well as Jewish atheists and agnostics, can find a home in Buddhist practice without having to compromise or struggle against opposing belief systems.


Jews and Buddhists have no baggage with one another, making exploration of this spiritual path much easier and more acceptable that joining a religious tradition where there is a history of conflict.

Open Invitation

In contrast to other religions, it is unnecessary to formally convert to Buddhism in order to follow this spiritual path. There is room for the decision to practice and identify as a Jew while embracing a Buddhist belief system and Buddhist practices.


Both Jews and Buddhists share a deep understanding about the nature of suffering. Buddha’s Four Noble Truths explores this concept in depth, offering a way to understand both the causes of suffering and a path to end suffering. These ideas resonate with Jews who have struggled with a history of persecution that culminated in the horrors of the Holocaust. Applying a Buddhist perspective to such atrocities can offer many a path of healing.

As Jews continue to explore Buddhism and its practices, more JuBus will be able to discover the “OM in ShalOM,” creating a rich and fruitful spiritual path. Both traditions have much to offer and boast a rich legacy of dialogue and thought provoking debate to cultivate both wisdom and compassion and a whole lot of JuBulation!


Forrest Curran

notjohnconway  asked:

Wanting your ethnic religion (keyword: ethnic) to stay tied to your blood is not racism, nor is it fascism. I wouldn't dare follow an African god, and would be called out if I did. How come this is not the same for mine or your people? Just as a side note, I'm half mexican. My dad is north Germanic so that's how I justify my connection to the old gods.

Hi there,

I’m always happy to talk about this subject with people who are legitimately asking why these things are not equivalent.

It has to do with the history of colonialism. In areas of the world which have suffered from colonial oppression, such as most of Africa and the Americas, indigenous religions were stamped by both force and coerced assimilation. Their religions were branded as “primitive” and tied into social narratives that contributed to the oppression of these people. Sometimes these religions were even outlawed, and their practitioners could be killed or tortured. The most famous example of this would be the Spanish Inquisition, which actually took place not only in Spain but all Spanish colonies, including in the Americas. The Inquisition is hardly the only time this has happened, but it is definitely the one that always springs to peoples’ minds.

Because of this painful history of cultural erasure, genocide, and torture most of these religions have become “closed” religions. This means that it is not acceptable for anyone outside the pre-determined religious group to practice the religion. This group is often (but not always) tied to ethnicity.

By contrast, religions which were not subjected to the same ongoing colonial oppression are not closed. This includes germanic paganism, but also other well known religions which are not native to Europe, such as Hinduism and Buddhism. The exact rules of conduct and what is or is not acceptable vary from religion to religion, but the basic rule tends to be that anyone can follow the gods or spiritual practices of the religion for personal reasons, adopting it in full or in part. The major limitation here is that religious symbols should not be taken out of context, and activities that are supposed to be directed by a religious official should not be taught by just anyone.

In other words, practicing yoga as part of your exercise or spiritual routine is completely fine and is not generally considered cultural or religious appropriation. However, teaching yoga if you are not a formal member of the religion is not okay.

There are some within the asatru community who feel that it should be a closed religion. I have encountered some people who believe this who do not have racist motives, but far more people who promote that idea who have neo-nazi affiliations.

I personally do not think that asatru should be a closed religion for a lot of reasons. The one most pertinent to this subject is that there are too many people who use the closing of the religion as a segue into maintaining the “purity of the race” which is the dialog used by the nazis to justify the Holocaust.

Religion closes off the central questions of existence by attempting to dissuade us from further enquiry by asserting that we cannot ever hope to comprehend. We are, religion asserts, simply too puny. Through fear of being shown to be vacuous, religion denies the awesome power of human comprehension. It seeks to thwart, by encouraging awe in things unseen, the disclosure of the emptiness of faith. Religion, in contrast to science, deploys the repugnant view that the world is too big for our understanding. Science, in contrast to religion, opens up the great questions of being to rational discussion, to discussion with the prospect of resolution and elucidation. Science, above all, respects the power of the human intellect. Science is the apotheosis of the intellect and the consummation of the Renaissance. Science respects more deeply the potential of humanity than religion ever can.
—  Peter Atkins

This is creationist’s most ubiquitous lie of omission, and constitutes proof of their ignorance. Theory is what science does. The formal scientific method does not set out to “prove”. Science accumulates a huge body evidence (truths) that  aggregate to form a theory of an overarching truth. In contrast, religion offers zero evidence that any of their strictures contain a shred of truth.

stars-sing  asked:

Hi Cherry! i've red an article regarding the age of Aquarius and something about singularity? i have been meaning to ask you this since forever since i am not sure how to feel about this?i like the concept but i have mix feelings regarding this... me being a paranoid scorpio can't help but wonder what if robots take over the world? :) love your blog btw i usually read them when i can.Have a nice day~

Hey singing stars,

I am not really 100% sure, i don’t think I have read the article you are referring to, but I think maybe they could be eluding to the ‘secularisation’ of the Aquarian age in contrast with the one God/religion perspective of the delusional Pisces/Neptune age, like the Aquarian age with the breaking away from the churches and conservative religion opens up a singular, intimate, and personal relationship with the divine spirit, in our own individualized way. Aquarius is a sign of incredible social conscience so there is more of a conscious awareness of the collective vision we all share, in Pisces we are kind of lost in it… the Aquarian age opens up an individual gateway in all of us that allows us to contact and relate to God in singular ways, this is why in the bible when Jesus says ‘I will wait for you in the eleventh house’ (the home of the Water Bearer) he is referring to the incoming Aquarian age and that his light would be present in every singular spirit, rather than returning as one worshiped prophet so to speak

i hope this helped ? and thank you so much for your lovely compliment!!
<3 C