culture&religion

PSA:

being half native, i am beyond tired of this reoccurring theme. for all of you cryptid fans, the wendigo, thunderbirds, skinwalkers, etc. are NOT cryptids. they are a part of indigenous culture and are spirits/entities, and not anything like mothman. they are religious and cultural folklore, despite the fact that cryptozoologists try to classify them as cryptids. 

also, do not associate any non-indigenous oc’s with ANY spirits from native culture and folklore, as it is very insensitive (i.e. kylo ren wendigo, named “rendigo”) to the culture and considered white-washing. our culture, practices, and religion has already been stretched far and thin over the years. be respectful please.

Rick Riordan is such an underrated author

He is literally an author that give Tumblr diversity in popular books and yet it go mostly ignored. He has featured:

-Interracial couples

-Bisexual characters

-Gay characters

-Gay POC

-Pansexual characters

-Gender fluid characters

-Characters with disabilities (mental and physical)

-Asexual characters

-Children from abusive homes

-Characters with PTSD

-Characters with depression

-Representation of different cultures and religions

-Homeless teens

-Talks about racism 

-Talks about the horrible nature of parents kicking out their non-hetero-normative children

-Talks about abusive parents in general

-Talks about the importance of religion to someone’s beliefs

-Talks about how family is important

-Talks about how you are not your family

-Talks about how you can make your own family from the friends that support you

That is probably not every single one but thost are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. Rick Riordan makes these concepts important in his books and honestly makes the more complicated ones easy to understand. I know some may consider his books a bit more childish but it’s important to show young readers the different types of people in the world. It’s important to show them that heroes can come in every type of person. 

So stop sleeping on him

Hindu and Jewish women wed in 'UK's first interfaith lesbian marriage'

A Hindu woman and her Jewish soulmate have married in what is believed to be the UK’s first interfaith lesbian wedding.

Kalavati Mistry and Miriam Jefferson met more than 20 years ago on a training course in America, and tied the knot on Saturday in a Hindu ceremony, wearing traditional red-and-white bridal colours.

Ms Mistry, 48, had kept her sexuality a secret for years and said it had been “very difficult for me as an Asian gay woman”.

But her friends and family have been “welcoming and embracing” to Ms Jefferson since she revealed their relationship, she said, adding: “I hope many many gay people - no matter what religion or culture they’re in - are in loving relationships.”

The couple, who both work for an interfaith organisation, married at the Chutney Ivy restaurant in Leicester.

Ms Jefferson revealed they had already had a Jewish wedding in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas, earlier this year.

She told Mail Online: “It’s really nice to now have a Hindu wedding here, because it brings both of us together and completes both of us in my eyes.”

The couple will return to live in the US after the wedding.

I made a rule for myself: I would not include anything that human beings had not already done in some other place or time, or for which the technology did not already exist. I did not wish to be accused of dark, twisted inventions, or of misrepresenting the human potential for deplorable behaviour. The group-activated hangings, the tearing apart of human beings, the clothing specific to castes and classes, the forced childbearing and the appropriation of the results, the children stolen by regimes and placed for upbringing with high-ranking officials, the forbidding of literacy, the denial of property rights: all had precedents, and many were to be found not in other cultures and religions, but within western society.
—  Margaret Atwood on The Handmaid’s Tale in a 2012 interview 
SKAM 2015-2017

Season One
Eva’s season taught us about individual identity. It taught us that it is important to love ourselves first and to surround ourselves with people who remind us of who we are.

“I have to find out what my opinion is. And I have to do it on my own.”

Season Two
Noora’s season taught us about feminism, sexual assault and eating disorders. It showed us the importance of friends and female solidarity.

“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.”

Season Three
Isak’s season taught us about sexual identity, mental illness and prejudice. It showed us the importance of friends, communication and self-acceptance.

“Whether you believe in Allah or Jesus or evolution or parallel universes, there’s only one thing we know for sure. That life is now.”

Season Four
Sana’s season taught us about religion, prejudice, cultural identity and belonging. It showed us the importance of friendship, kindness, love and tolerance.

“Because even though it sometimes feels like it, no one’s ever alone. … Fear spreads, but fortunately, love does too.”

WHAT YOU ENJOY BASED ON YOUR SUN SIGN
  • ARIES: being expressive, sports, fidgeting, moving around, impulsiveness, living in the moment
  • TAURUS: fashion, relationships, money, materials, food, tranquility, peace, routine
  • GEMINI: voicing your thoughts, poetry, writing, journalism, religion/cultures, doing something new, realism
  • CANCER: art, helping others, being/feeling at home, family, pets, children, elders, music, routine, memories
  • LEO: theatre, art, being generous, standing in the spotlight, singing/dancing, pets, being the best, winning, competition, confidence
  • VIRGO: books, learning, someone who takes care of them (they won't do it themselves tbh), when everything is organised and clean, honesty
  • Libra: again; honest, love, jewellery, pretty things, pets, relationships, crushes, attraction, tranquility, the little things, happiness
  • Scorpio: the unusual, the quiet, mischief, mysteries, poetry, art, books, music, instruments, anything abstract, "weird" things/people, dark humour
  • Sagittarius: happy things, idealised things, travelling, thinking philosophical, cute smiles, walking, running, humour, sports, being sassy or brave
  • Capricorn: work, family life, good finances, stability, honesty, sarcasm, old things, books, literature, responsibility, close friends, manners
  • Aquarius: friendship, travelling, adaptability, change, the strange, humour and wittiness, freedom, equality, experiencing different things and feelings
  • Pisces: dreams, art, music, abstract things, innocence and cute things attract you, strange and weird things, being themselves, being loved, overthinking... jk they just always do that.

anyway, lgbt jews and lgbt muslims will continue to have the most accurate and nuanced understandings of how our cultures and religions affect us and criticisms of our communities. we’ve been having these conversations for a lot longer than your white ex-christian atheism has given you your false sense of superior rationality and objectivity literally nothing you have to say will ever be new or helpful or revelatory. you’re just interrupting.

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Highlights from Joe Biden’s speech at the DNC LBGT GALA, April 21, 2017

  • In recognition of his support of LGBT civil rights, former Vice President Joe Biden received the LGBT Hero Award at the Democratic National Committee’s annual LGBT Gala. 
  • Joe Biden addressed the fact that religion and culture were often used as ways to normalize violence and prejudice towards LGBTQ people. Considering US officials have turned a blind eye during diplomatic negotiations and continue to ignore how other countries treat the LGBTQ community, especially under the Trump administration, he stated that any form of discrimination was inexcusable and reinforced the importance to call prejudice out not only around the world, but also in the US. 
  • Joe Biden encouraged the LGBTQ community to “Hold President Trump accountable for his pledge to be your friend. Just because you don’t have Barack and me in the White House doesn’t mean it’s time to give up, keep quiet, stay on the sidelines.” (Trump vowed to protect the LGBT community during his campaign, but lifted federal guidelines that allowed transgender students to use school bathrooms matching their gender identities, declined to issue a proclamation in honor of Pride Month, and hasn’t spoken out against measures coming from his party as well as homophobic regimes around the world like corrective rape or conversion therapy). 

TLDR: Donald Trump is trash Joe Biden is a gay icon

Sebastian Stan isn’t just a name my dude. It’s religion. It’s culture. It’s a code name for everything good and pure in this world

Mars/Venus: Instincts + Attraction

Your rising sign can be used in addition to your Mars sign (and house placement), as Mars rules the first house. These represent an archetype you often find yourself gravitating towards whether it be situations or people who embody these themes, you also tend to embody them yourself.

I am instinctively drawn towards…

Mars in Aries: Freedom, action, adventure, self discovery.
Mars in Taurus: Security, nature, beauty, leisure, whatever reflects my values.
Mars in Gemini: Variety, wit, communication, language, facts, intellectualism.
Mars in Cancer: Nurturing, being nurtured, nostalgia, comfort, home.
Mars in Leo: Self-expression, theatricality, glamour, romance, fun.
Mars in Virgo: Self-improvement, analysis, humility, perfectionism.
Mars in Libra: Relationships, aesthetics, diplomacy, sophistication, fantasy.
Mars in Scorpio: Intensity, power, sex, the morbid, hidden or occult.
Mars in Sagittarius: Truth, philosophy, religion, other cultures, academia.
Mars in Capricorn: Wisdom, discipline, social status, authority.
Mars in Aquarius: Genius, science, groups, rebellion, the unconventional.
Mars in Pisces: Spirituality, sacrifice, sensitivity, isolation, escapism.

Your descendant and 2nd house can be used in addition to your Venus sign and house placement, as Venus rules both the 2nd and 7th house. The Taurus or 2nd house side of Venus represents an archetype you value while the Libra/7th house side represents what you often attract into your life through others.

I tend to value or attract people who are…

Venus in Aries: Invigorating, courageous, competitive, selfish, bullying, naive.
Venus in Taurus: Dependable, artistic, beautiful, stubborn, possessive, greedy.
Venus in Gemini: Clever, talkative, curious, intellectual, immature, dishonest.
Venus in Cancer: Nurturing, gentle, domestic, needy, moody, irrational.
Venus in Leo: Confident, fun, creative, romantic, egotistical, attention-seeking.
Venus in Virgo: Health-conscious, helpful, analytical, humble, critical, anxious.
Venus in Libra: Polite, charming, elegant, flaky, co-dependent, unstable.
Venus in Scorpio: Powerful, perceptive, deep, manipulative, destructive.
Venus in Sagittarius: Profound, cultured, optimistic, arrogant, blunt, foolish.
Venus in Capricorn: Ambitious, disciplined, wise, repressed, intolerant.
Venus in Aquarius: Friendly, unique, rebellious, detached, unpredictable.
Venus in Pisces: Compassionate, poetic, imaginative, lacking boundaries, delusional, fragile.

advice for people in school, taking notes

yo, since it’s that time of year, here’s my unsolicited advice on how to take notes. it’s primarily for college or high school folks but i suppose anyone who is in a positive to take notes could use this.

here’s the advice:

make your notes as CASUAL as possible. by which i mean, put them in your voice, make them funny, use memes, write out information as if you were texting it to your friend, curse!, use everyday phrases and weird internet speak, relate it to your life if possible!, fucking hashtag that shit, relate it to things you like, write out academic articles like they are just Drama happening to your friends, etc etc– do this in class and when doing the readings and when making studying guides for tests!!

even if you are taking notes on the reading and you have NO IDEA what is going on (real talk: im doing reading for my english masters right now and i have NO IDEA what this man is saying), try to get the basic gist or even if you can tell the writer feels negatively or positively towards a particular subject, WRITE THAT SHIT DOWN. 

Here are honest to god, some examples from my notes right now:

  • I have literally no idea what this man is saying– it seems to be something about God?– the difference between learning stuff just for the sake of learning and learning stuff to make order and sense and “find God” 
  • Culture is the study of perfection and goes beyond religion because we make up religion and culture is about more than us?? its possible that’s what this dude is saying. i give it a 60-40 shot.
  • DONT TRUST MACHINERY. EVERYTHING IS MACHINERY. WEALTH IS JUST MACHINERY. CULTURE MATTERS OVER MONEY/MACHINERY/RELIGION/EVERYTHINGGG. GOOO CULTURE!
  • will he ever writer a sentence shorter than 8 lines long??? #probablynot
  • I am not totally convinced by his culture= perfection argument but then again that could be the exact opposite of what he’s saying. 
  • “Another newspaper, representing, like the Nonconformist, one of the religious organisations of this country, was a short time ago giving an account of the crowd at Epsom on the Derby day, and of all the vice and hideousness which was to be seen in that crowd; and then the writer turned suddenly round upon Professor Huxley, and asked him how he proposed to cure all this vice and hideousness without religion. I confess I felt disposed to ask the asker this question: And how do you propose to cure it with such a religion as yours? How is the ideal of a life so unlovely, so unattractive, so narrow, so far removed from a true and satisfying ideal of human perfection, as is the life of your religious organisation as you yourself image it, to conquer and transform all this vice and hideousness?” 10 – I mean i do fuck with this part tho
  • He’s at Oxford. Fucking loves Oxford. On Oxford’s dick

the point is, i clearly don’t really know what’s going on, but hopefully the professor will clue me in and i’ll at least have some idea of what he said by the end of it. plus just writing your notes in a fun casual way is going to make reading back over them SO much more enjoyable and memorable! (there’s science to back this up but i gotta finish this work so no time to fact check myself now just trust me)

alright, advice over. good luck with school dudes!

[OH Also, if you write a direct quote in your notes– ALWAYS WRITE THE PAGE NUMBER. you’ll need that shit if you use it in a paper.]

Hey liberals im the communist your highschool warned you about here to tell you some scary things us evil reds want for society:

-Affordable housing for all.
-Universal Sex Ed.
-Protection of marginalized peoples.
-Decriminalizing victimless crimes (like drug use and possession, sex work, homelessness, etc)
-Free healthcare and education.
-Community organizing and urban planning.
-Rationing surplus so we’re not dumping out foods and resources while others go hungry.
-Full legal and social recognition of oppressed peoples.
-An economy focused on the use of a commodity rather than how much money you can make out of it.
-Suppression of those who want to exploit, demean, or harm others on the basis of their skin color, culture, religion, gender, sexuality, or disability.
- The people to have greater participation in politics.
- Worker’s rights.
- The private wealth of society’s rich to be expropriated and redistributed to the people.
- And more!

~🚩Another world is possible🚩~

It is necessary to acknowledge that gender variant, trans, and nonbinary identities have always existed for folks with indigenous, black, and brown ancestry. Gender variant people in these cultures were often attributed semi-divine statuses and regarded as powerful leaders, spiritual oracles and celestial bodies. Black and brown communities were punished for gender practices that did not conform to “proper” European notions of masculinity and femininity. White people forced these communities to assimilate to Western religious practices that reinforced the gender binary system, and now white queer and trans people have the nerve to condemn communities of color for these “backwards” religious beliefs. 

What can we do as a white queer and trans people to honor the gender-variant ancestry of black and brown communities and not impose Western ideals of gender in our politics? How can we name our own pain within white religious institutions without scapegoating religion and its function within POC communities? It’s time to start a new conversation on religion and trans politics—one that holds this history as a way forwards, the key to a new future.

—  Dear White Trans People Who Are Anti-Religion | Mud Howard for HuffPost
Gay Rights In The Avatarverse, What We Know So Far

As in the real world, the Avatar world has different cultures, religions, traditions and ideologies and some cultures are more gay friendly while others lean more conservatively. So what do we know so far?

In water tribe culture, being gay is legal but it is strongly encouraged that you keep it to yourself, reflecting on the water tribe’s conservative leanings(especially the north). People don’t really share their sexual orientation except with close family and maybe a few friends.

in Earth Kingdom culture, we don’t really know what the stances are on that issue today but during Kyoshi’s time, it was implied that it was quite unaccepting.

In the fire nation, gay marriage is criminal(though Zuko most likely legalized it). Those caught in the act can be turned over to the authorities and arrested. In parts of Africa and the Middle East, being gay is punishable by arrest and sometimes even death which makes me curious, could one have been executed for being gay in the Fire Nation?

In air nomad culture, you can marry whoever and you can be as open about your private life as you want. The air nomads attitude towards romantic relationships is very lenient reflecting their all around gentle and friendly nature.

Now as far as republic city goes, same sex marriages are most likely legal but because it’s a melting pot nation, there will be people who are all over the spectrum from the highly pro gay to the highly anti gay and those in between.

On Korra’s attitude since coming out. She’s acting very sensitively and guarded. She’s easily flustered and angered right now most likely because she’s unsure of how people are going to treat her. With time, I hope she loosens up and accepts that there will be those who will be understanding and those who won’t much like Kya has. It’s ok Korra, we all love you so let me gives you a huggie❤️❤️❤️.

So that’s what we know so far about LGBT issues and culture clash in Avatar. I hope you enjoy this brief little commentary. Check out my Turf Wars review I’ll be posting on my YouTube channel soon.

::: The scales of justice reside in Libra and her 7th house. Signs or planets positioned in the 7th house show the individual’s interpersonal skills and how they are inclined to implement social fairness, equilibrium and moral principles among the given public ::: 

Aries/mars in the 7th is a lawful fighting spirit; mars show what one fights for, where one’s energy is directed to with passion. These positions may battle and forcefully advocate for justice, protecting the weak-willed and dispirited. Could be found directly confronting and policing the wrongdoings of members of society.

Taurus/Venus in the 7th publicly supports preservation of aesthetic principles and may resist wrongful social injustices with forms of art or music. Conveys messages of appreciating all forms of beauty to the public, such as art, nature or encouraging self-love. Stresses the importance of values and resources, motivating the people to become smart about their money as to build stable foundations for themselves and the public.

Gemini/Mercury in the 7th  will urge people to speak up, because they are passionate about equal communication. Will be found as spokespersons for public causes, having primary concerns for education, literature, media, neighborhood well-being and other social exchanges that promote cultivation of the mind and connectivity with others.

Cancer/Moon in the 7th is inclined to serve as the protector of the masses. They are especially emotional about children, feminine, elderly and family ideologies and vow preservation of their rights. Can promote education about feminine principles such as through women studies, female sexuality, women psychology or pregnancy/motherhood. The mother of society.

Leo/Sun in the 7th believes everyone has a given birthright to make themselves known and validated, and so can battle for social justice of individuals in front of cameras or through public performance. This generates a charismatic spokesperson, journalist/writer or news reporter type of trend, where they use their creativity and inviting charm to engage and inform people on important issues. Advocates for self-expression of all forms as to validate identities of the public.  

Virgo/Mercury in the 7th believes in social purification and refinement and will critically question, analyze, and digest the flaws of the public in order to fix them. They are well-versed in organization through discriminating and picking apart facets of the public and then bringing them together in synthesization, a constant restructure. Believes society should always continue to improve itself. May also advocate for healthcare and mental/physical wellness. 

Libra/Venus in the 7th wants to bring attention to the importance of Union; the skill of relating to others as to view them impartially, and promoting equitable relationships/marriage. They appreciate and advocate any form of social awareness that emphasizes fairness and justice. The mediator of society. 

Scorpio/Pluto in the 7th holds severe convictions that can tear apart any corruption of morals that the public tries to keep secret. They become the social surgeon, dissecting and forcefully questioning the public as to bring attention to illicit and unlawful concepts and to reform social structure & punish accordingly. Also ones to advocate for sexual liberation and crime control. Wants to break society and build it up from the ashes. 

Sagittarius, Jupiter and the 9th house govern over spiritual & universal law referring to fundamental ethics and morals and so Jupiter/Sagittarius in the 7th makes for an individual who has strong intuition on “what is right and what is wrong.” They have an acute eye for justice on a cosmic scale and advocate for tolerance and acceptance, especially of culture, spirituality and religion. Could also advocate for nature and animal protection as well as promote college education and traveling as to expand the mind & learn the ways of other societies through experience.

Capricorn, Saturn and the 10th house govern legal law and authority, so Capricorn/Saturn in the 7th here could lay down karmic law with the totality of their firm, disciplined and severe influence, providing protection and structure of moral principles. They implement the importance of rules, respect, responsibility and Order and could serve the public as established mentors to convey these concepts. The backbone of society.

Aquarius/Uranus in the 7th urges justice and liberation of corrupt laws to build a progressive and equal future, conveying change as a good thing. Will often be found questioning authority and rules that don’t seem to make sense. Advocates Union with the universal collective; emphasizing community involvement & the importance of working together. Could advocate for technology and scientific advancement, as well as normalization and equal-rights for the “unconventional” and “outcasted” parts of the public. Brings awareness to the masses, genuinely believing everyone should be enlightened on social problems. The shock factor of society. 

Pisces/Neptune in the 7th is horrified by social injustices concerning the unfortunate, suffering, ill and forgotten parts of the public, creating a sensitive and universally empathetic soul that gives themselves emotionally to the collective. They resonate with others and genuinely have a dream to “save” society from adversities. Inclined to advocate for the protection and renewal of hospitals, prisons and asylums. 

So you just met a spirit from a closed culture/religion/practice. Now what?

Originally posted by justayoungpsychologist

Haha, no seriously. Put it back. 

I’m looking especially at other white witches here who think it’s okay to work with Native American spirits. 

This just in: if you are not Native (specifically Ojibwe, Salteaux, Cree, Naskapi, Innu or I think Cherokee) a wendigo WILL kill you. Don’t work with wendigos if you are not Native!!! This isn’t Supernatural!!

No but seriously, sometimes spirit workers can and do run into spirits from closed traditions, and if you’re not interested in cultural appropriation, it can be intimidating figuring out what to do. 

1. Ask it what it needs. Sometimes a spirit from a closed culture will get lost or mixed up. So if you run into one, ask what it wants/needs. Sometimes it’s just an accident that they showed themselves to you. If it’s lost, tell it where it can find the nearest place that belongs to said culture or religion. 

2. DO NOT FORCE IT TO DO ANYTHING. Spirits can trick you, and vice versa. I’ve seen people take some really roundabout ways of working with spirits to justify working with spirits from closed practices. And in some cases, people will try and trick these spirits into working with them, even as far as binding memories to get them to work for you. Even if it’s friendly, leave it be. 

3. Nine times out of ten, a spirit from a closed practice will outright refuse to work with/for you if you are not part of that culture. Spirits from closed practices can range anywhere from amiable but hesitant to outright aggressive and hateful when it comes to outsiders. (Especially white people!) I’ve even heard that people of mixed heritage can have trouble with spirits from closed cultures because not every spirit sees them as “enough” of that heritage. For those of you with mixed heritage, I will leave this 100% up to you. Not like, “I’m 1/36 Cherokee!” but like, you know your history and try to be involved with it because it has near family history. It’s up to your own comfort levels, not me (as a white person) to decide.

Basically, leave them be. There are TONS of spirits out there from open cultures and practices that are really fun to work with. Leave the few who belong to cultures that have gone through near cultural genocide to the people of that culture/practice. It’s like taking a handicapped parking space. It’s shitty and entitled. There are so many other parking spaces you can park in, but you really really wanted THAT ONE that is specifically marked for elderly/pregnant/disabled people. Don’t do it!!!

There are very rare cases where a person not of said practice may come across a spirit from a closed practice and need to work with them. For example, I recently rescued a number of spirits from closed cultures from a spirit collector. I’m helping heal these spirits and finding them places/witches from their own heritage to work with. (I mostly let my nonhuman healers and healers with heritage from said culture help them, however.) If you find yourself in some sort of situation where there is a spirit from a closed practice that you need to deal with in some way, (again, 9/10 just leave it be!!) make SURE that you do your research on the culture. 

Be respectful. Read up on history and heritage and culture of that spirit. Donate if you can to heritage preservation societies or religious temples or closed practices. 

And once again, DO NOT WORK WITH SPIRITS FROM CLOSED PRACTICES. If you find one, leave it be. I can guarantee that you will incur more favor by saying “hey you’re nice but I’m not comfortable working with you given our respective histories” than working with a spirit from a closed practice. Guarantee. 

Don’t culturally appropriate.

Q&A religion

yourbitchystudentcollector said:Hello Ms. Clare I’m a big fan and I was wondering 2 things. Does shadowhunter culture change depending on the area, like east african shadowhunters having a different culture than American shadowhunters. And a while ago you answered someone saying that there couldn’t be any muslim shadowhunters because of shadowhunter culture, but what about mundanes who became shadowhunters? like how Simon is still Jewish even though he is now a shadowhunter.


Shadowhunters live all around the world, and as such, their culture is absolutely shaped by the mundane cultures that surround them. Quoting an earlier post on the subject: 


“The thing is, Shadowhunters have their own religion. They worship Raziel, and as such, they can’t be Muslim or Catholic or belong to other religions the way mundane humans can. However, they do live spread out across a world that contains many different beliefs, and bits of regional culture do bleed over into the lives of the Nephilim. Jem speaks often of beliefs (reincarnation, the Wheel of Life) that are specific to Buddhism. Though Cristina prays to the Angel Raziel literally, there is a lot about her beliefs that is tinged with Catholicism and echoes of the culture she grew up around. So in essence, Cordelia and her family have absorbed some of the surrounding culture and religion, like Jem did when he was growing up in Shanghai.”

Humans who ascend are in a different position, since they bring their own beliefs and identities with them, however they are expected to worship Raziel as their creator and prophet, which essentially contradicts pretty much every existing human religion (which is why I said that there weren’t really Muslim or Christian Shadowhunters — because being a Shadowhunter and believing their beliefs is often not compatible with other religions, and since those religions are part of mundane culture and they are forbidden mundane culture — well, you can see the issue.) Simon is not willing to give up his Jewish identity, so he’s essentially flying under the radar and working at the rather complicated process of reconciling his Judaism with what he thinks about Raziel, angels and the Shadowhunters. 


Other ascendents have done this as well— retained, reconciled and adjusted their own beliefs and practices even after they ascend. Like Simon, they generally try to keep a low profile around their beliefs, since they could technically get in trouble for acting on them in a way that seems to contradict belief in Raziel — and like Simon, they’ve usually developed something of a hybrid religion, a way to make their beliefs and Shadowhunter beliefs compatible. You’ll definitely hear more about Simon’s experiences and where he is with his Judaism in Queen of Air and Darkness, and with Cordelia’s mother in TLH, you will see a character whose life is deeply inflected by Muslim culture as well as Shadowhunter belief.