we call it tradition

Italian Pidge (shitty)headcanons

- Both Colleen and Sam are italian/american (Sam’s mom is italian from Rome,  Colleen’s mom is italian from Cosenza /my city, lol/)
- Pidge and Matt spent a lot of time with both their grandmothers and they understand very well both italian and the dialects their grannies spoke, but picked up Cosenza’s dialect curse words most cuz Colleen’s mom was more keen to swear in front of them (Colleen wasnt happy). Also, Sam doesnt understand most of calabrese dialect so they could whisper curses under their breath and get away with it for the first year.
- Matt speaks italian more, he went to visit his italian relatives a few times for holidays and summer vacations.
- Pidge rarely speaks italian, but knows all the cursewords. And she will use them against teammates and enemies.
- Shiro learned some swears due to being Matt’s friend.
- Pidge: PORCO CAZZO ( literally pig dick, but used as holy fuck)
Shiro: *stern look of disapproval* i know enough italian to be disappointed.
Pidge: oh cmon, did my dad influenced you too with his no curse policy?
Shiro: swear jar.
Pidge: sigh
- Seriously, she’ll insert cazzo or minchia (same thing, but more typical of south italy) in any sentence if shiro isnt around.
- Something goes wrong:*deadpan* beh, vaffanculo. (well, fuck)
- Coran picked up some swears and Shiro is SO DONE.
- Pidge: Ci vidi? (can you see?)
Galra enemy:???
Pidge: E vid’ i tinni ji affanculu (then see if you can go fuck off)
- Pidge: *dead tired* Gesù Cristo perché (jesus christ why)
- Pidge: *computer frozes* ‘nculacchitem- (fuck you and your dead ancest-)
Pidge: You cannot know this one too!
Shiro: Matt used to swear a lot, i know all of your curse words.
Pidge: uggh not fair
- Pidge:*punching an enemy in the face* piglia e porta ara casa e diciacc’ a mammata ca su cirase. (take and bring it home, and tell your mother its cherries)
-Pidge hacks galra’s computer to say “Aru Cu’” (up your ass) when they infiltrate into any facility.
- Pidge:*breaks into galra ships* Senz’essari chiamati simu vinuuuutiiiii (without being called we came here/ its a traditional song usually sung during christmas time, but we sing it as a joke any given time when we visit someone with short notice)
- teammate does something really stupid: *shakes head* Cchi cap’i minchia. (what a dickhead/ its affectionate in this case tho.)
- Pidge:*neck deep in research papers but not getting a thing out of it* Ia a Santu Nente (curse Saint Nothing /we have the bad habit to curse saints but some prefer using this sentece cuz its not actually a saint. Yeah i know, strange.)
- teammate is being annoying: Mo m’ha popu rutt’ i cugliuni (now you really pissed me off/ but more vulgar, literally “you broke my balls”)
Pidge: ugghhh i keep forgetting you know
- Pidge:*unconsciously humming under her breath while working* Ohi ca muaru, ca muaru, ca muaru ppi na gulia c’all’uartu ci sta. (oh i’m dying, i’m dying, i’m dying to eat a delicacy in my garden/another traditional song)
- When she was little, Matt convinced her of the existence of the Monachieddru (little monk, a trickster spirit) and she tried to catch him.
- Due to spanish and italian having roots in latin, sometimes Lance kinda of understands what she’s mumbling. They do a game where one says a word in spanish and the other find a similar word in italian and find out the differences.
Lance: yo pidge, pass the aceite
Pidge: *passes vinegar*
Lance: i said aceite
Pidge: yeah i gave it to you!
Lance: thats vinagre
Pidge:…??? Oh right. *passes oil*
(aceite is oil in spanish, acit’ is vinegar in cosenza’s dialect)

Here  it is all that i can think of. Dont take it seriously, im just having too much fun with this thing!

trans-riot  asked:

Ok as a tech/theater person I have important questions on your most recent Lance head canon: does he participate in pre-show traditions and does he come out eating on stage at he end (my stage manager came out eating an apple during several shows, once a sandwich)

This is a critical question and I’m glad you asked it

Personally when I was in high school, our pre-show tradition was making a satanic circle and praying to the ghost of our former tech director’s mother so she wouldn’t wreck the show (………yeah). 

Funny enough I think that Lance. Might have something similar? Not the satanic circle part, but we know that he and Keith believe in ghosts (they’re both really quick to accept that the castle is haunted) so consider this: Lance and Keith are the last two left during build one night. Coran’s wandered off… somewhere, maybe to check some lights or something. Lance and Keith are cleaning up and something happens, and they don’t really know what but the lights go out and Lance gets locked in a storage closet and Keith swears he was attacked and anyway the two of them walk away that night convinced their theatre’s haunted.

So lowkey before shows Lance starts like. Dropping by the supply closet and very nicely asking the ghosts to not wreck anything please and thank you. And Keith joins in and then it becomes a crew-wide thing and suddenly meeting up around the storage closet and talking to the ghosts is their main pre-show tradition.

Lance probably doesn’t come out on stage eating because Allura would straight up murder him (”no. food. in. my. theatre.”) and he doesn’t wanna die yet.

As for other weird shit, though, my high school also has this cow milker (we call it The Udders) and there’s a tradition where every show night one prop is swapped out for The Udders and the actor has to go on stage and keep acting like they’ve just got the normal prop (so like instead of a suitcase you’ve got this). I can totally see Pidge getting bored and swapping out a prop for something weird one night and then finding it so fucking funny that she just keeps doing it. It becomes a weird thing people look forward to.

CSBB: I Thee Wed (10/16)

Once upon a time, Princess Emma and Lieutenant Killian Jones stole away into the dark of the night to elope. In the morning light, however, they must face the repercussions of their actions before they can live their “happily ever after.” This is where their story begins…

M (Mild smut)

Content Warning: Smut in various chapters.

Other Pairings: Snowing

Author’s Note:
As promised, here’s my next chapter! I’m loving all of these strong feelings about my contribution to the @captainswanbigbang This story wouldn’t be half as readable without the lovely beta work of @wexyuk . Special shoutout to my artists who also served as secondary readers, @piratesrumforswan , and @just-be-magnificent .

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Chapter 10

For as long as Leo could remember, there have been balls, over-the-top events that his family either hosted or to which they were invited. In his younger years, he never attended, and was watched by his governess while Mother and Father dressed in fancy clothing and danced the night away. He’d been jealous of Emma when she was finally of age to go, and begged her to stay or sneak him in. She refused. Oh, the cruelty of older siblings! Later, Leo decided that Emma had only been sparing him, because balls were boring and even worse, they were work.

Sit through this planning meeting. Decide on that color scheme. Entertain this dignitary from one faraway land. Dance with that dignitary from another faraway land. 

Sometimes he would play a game with it. He and Emma would whisper about the attractiveness of the various princes and dukes and knights and sailors that would attend these fetes. It was only now that he realized she had never explicitly pointed Killian out to him. He wondered if that was on purpose. Maybe she already had her plan set in mind at that first ball.

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“In the traditional arts, we have a way of thinking called ‘mastering the flower.’ It’s the charm of an actor, which is necessary for moving the audience. For those who stand on the stage, practice becomes like their bloodflow, from the time they’re children, in order to one day make the flower bloom. There are actors who can never make it bloom at all. However… The flower everyone wants is one you already have.

Taiwanese Horror Game "Detention"

Although the story is fictional, it is based on true history event, the “White Terror”.
(Informations from Wikipedia)

The term “White Terror” in its broadest meaning refers to the entire period from 1947 to 1987. 
Around 140,000 Taiwanese were imprisoned during this period, of which from about 3,000 to 4,000 were executed for their real or perceived opposition to the Kuomintang (KMT, Chinese Nationalist Party) government led by Chiang Kai-shek. 

Most actual prosecutions, though, took place in 1950–1952. Most of those prosecuted were labeled by the Kuomintang as “bandit spies” (匪諜), meaning spies for Chinese communists, and punished as such.

In the game, to avert spirit’s(the lingered) attention, you can offered a bowl of rice to it.
It’s called 腳尾飯 in Taiwanese (ka-wei-pun? I’m not sure), translate into English, it’s called “meal next to the feet”. Because in tradition, we put some dishes for the dead next to their body.
And if you notice, the 腳尾飯 has chopsticks stick up straight into the rice. It’s important, because it’s really offensive to some asians if you put your chopsticks like that during meal time.

During the puzzles, one of them is to collect dice and put them into the bowl.
The reason it suddenly change into teeth, is because if you can’t pay off the debt, some will threat to pull your teeth out.

aaaaannnnnd I think that’s what happened.

I’m really surprised, excited, and absolutely glad that this game has so many little details about the White Terror and Taiwanese history. It’s a huge step of Taiwanese horror game.
Check it out on steam, I hope that you enjoy it, I really did. And maybe get to know more about Taiwanese culture/history.

And I have to apologize again, my English is not good. Sorry.
It’s almost Chinese New Year, so, happy Chinese New Year.

Dear Journal,

It was Sirius’ and I last night together before we could call eachother “husbands”. Tommorow, we would be married. It was a tradition for the two lovers not to see eachother until the ceremony. The wedding was such a big deal for Sirius because all his life, he was meant to marry a pureblood girl. He wasn’t like that… He didn’t like girls. His family would have forced him to marry someone he didn’t like… that’s why the wedding was so important for him. Him being with me was like a miracle. For me, getting married would mean that we could be together forever. Wanting to be with Sirius until our world would end is the thing I always hoped would happen. Tommorow he will be mine and only. He will be my husband.

I looked at his asleep face, smilling to myself. He was laying on his stomach, his head on his arm. His dark lashes were tickling his cheeks. His lips were full and slightly parted. The white sheets had stopped at the bottom of his bare back, covering his cute butt. I traced a line from the top of his back down to the bottom with a single finger. His skin was warm and extremely soft. I smiled when I noticed his back dimples. They have always been one of my favorite part of his body. Sirius moved a bit and his eyes slowly opened. When he saw me next to him, the corner of his lips went up.

“Hey handsome.” I whispered.

“Hey.” He smiled.

I caressed his cheeks and bite my lip.

“Next time you’ll wake up next to me, i’ll be your husband.” I said, taking his hand in mine.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment since I saw you reading your book alone in a cabin of our first train ride to Hogwarts..” he said, kissing my lips.

“And I, since the day I looked up from my book and saw you in my cabin on our first train ride to Hogwarts.” I giggled.

“Do you think we were meant to happen?” Sirius asked.

“What do you mean?”

“Well.. It was like love at first sight and now we’re basically getting married.. We are perfect for eachother.. Do you think we were made to be together?” He asked, smiling softly.

“I do.. we’re soulmates after all.” I smiled.

He giggled and kissed my cheek, sitting down on the bed.

“Well, I really miss our son.. How about we go get a french breakfast with Teddy and Regulus?” He asked.

“That would be lovely.”

I will write tonight.

May 19th 1998

anonymous asked:

I thought Syrians were Mizrahi?

Syria has had both Musta'arab and Spanish (non-Musta'arab) Jewish communities. Mizrahi as an ethnic descriptor is a recent Israeli term that Ashkenazim used to refer to the “Eastern” Jews, and while many people use it nowadays, a greater number of people are against it for reasons concerning Orientalism. 

One of the best and concise explanations — in the form of a rant, mind you — I’ve seen out there to explain why Jews who are not of S&P background (the traditional Sepharadim, i.e. ethnically speaking) might call themselves Sepharadi has been written by Ra'hmiel Travitz (who himself is half Iraqi and half Ashkenazi): 

“Due to many recent (rather ignorant, IMHO) posts on the subject, there is a need to once again explain why the term “Sepharadi” does NOT refer to people descending from Jews from the Iberian Peninsula and why it is not an ethnic term.

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Wait, what’s Durga Puja?

Wow, I haven’t been active… anyways, this coming Wednesday to Saturday is one of India’s most popular festivals! That’s right, it’s Durga Puja! 

What’s a Puja?  

A puja is basically a religious ceremony which we can use to honor a god or goddess. We can also use it to purify a place, celebrate something, and honor someone. Pujas can take place anywhere The work puja in Sanskrit means reverence or homage. 

Who’s Durga? 

She’s the most badass goddess Hinduism has to offer, and my personal favorite. Durga is depicted as a beautiful woman with ten (or more) arms. Each of her arms carries a different weapon. She rides on either a tiger or a lion. Her face is tranquil, because she fights out of righteous anger, not hate. As for her personality, she’s basically Wonder Woman. Most of the myths surrounding her involve her fighting demons which threaten peace and dharma, or the right way of living. Durga literally means invincible in Sanskrit, and yeah, she is invincible. 

What do we celebrate at Durga Puja?  

The myth most commonly celebrated during Durga Puja is Durga’s own creation myth, which is the story of Mahishasura. Mahisha means buffalo, and this demon was literally half buffalo. A lot of murtis, or icons, depict him as a man with a buffalo head or just a demonic looking man. Anyways, like most Hindu villains, he did tapas or austerities to the god Bramha to become immortal. Bramha  told the demon, “Fine, from now on, you cannot be killed by any man.” Mahishasura, being a demon, was pretty chill with this and he proceeded to completely wreck Earth in a battle against the gods. The divine trinity of Hinduism, Bramha (creation), Vishnu (preservation), and Shiva (destruction), decided to intervene by creating the most powerful woman goddess ever– Durga. They fought for nine days straight, and on the tenth day, Durga finally slayed Mahishasura. It is said that the battle took place on the Chamundi Hills near Mysuru, Karnataka, India (where my father is from!). 

Timeline of Durga Puja Events: 

Because the battle lasted for ten days, the festival lasts ten days. The first day is known as Mahalaya, the day when Durga came down to Earth. The next big day is Panchami, or the fifth dayThe next days are known as Shasthi (sixth),  Saptami (seventh), Ashtami (eighth), Navami (ninth), and finally Dashami (or Bijoya, or Dussera. It depends on where you’re from). Dashami is the tenth day on which which Durga defeated Mahishasura. 

How do we celebrate Durga Puja? 

Well, that depends on where you’re from! I’ll mostly be talking about Bengali customs but I’ll also address some other area’s celebrations. On Mahalaya, Bengalis wake up at 4:00 AM and listen to a two hour long radio program  which basically tells the story of Mahishasura in song format. Shasthi to Navami are celebrated with many pujas, including anjali, which is where we repeat various prayers three times to offer flowers to the goddess and pray. Later, we eat a meal called bhog, which consists of traditional Bengali fare. Ashtami  is considered the most important day by many and the bhog is different on that day. In order to visit the idol of the goddess, Bengalis go pandal hopping. A pandal  is a temporary temple created to house the idol, and many modern pandals are themed and lavishly decorated. Finally, on Dashami  or Bijoya (victory), we take the clay idol of the goddess and ceremonially place it inside a river or lake. The idol dissolves, indicated Durga’s return to heaven. Then we eat mutton and loochi (fried flatbread). Yeah, we Bengalis eat a lot. Also of note are Mysuru’s Dassara celebrations, which are celebrated with cultural events, competitions, and food.

What’s Navratri? 

Navratri translates to nine nights, and it is the final nine days of Durga Puja. It is either celebrated as Durga Puja or as a celebration of Ram’s victory over the demon king Ravana (another myth for another post). Similarly to Durga’s myth, Ravana had become an immortal demon through his tapas to the god Shiva, who said he could not be killed by any man, animal, or god. He also got ten heads, which regenerated each time one got cut off. The gods sent an incarnation of Vishnu, named Ram, to kill him. Because Ram was neither god nor man, he was able to kill Ravana. Dussera, or Bijoya, was the day which Ram killed him, and it is celebrated by performing Ramlila, or a dramatic retelling of Ram’s exploits, and burning a huge effigy of Ravana. One of the most fun ways to celebrate Navratri is through a garba, or a Gujrati communal dance! 

Thanks for reading, everyone! Feel free to add, ask questions, and request posts! 

goodqueenalys  asked:

Jon/Sansa #7 things you said while we were driving? THANK YOU! :)

part 1/? of a road trip thingy I’ve had in my gdocs since … October:

Sansa had spent several hours baking in the heat, but she didn’t look nearly so bad as Jon did five minutes after he pulled up to the curb. He tugged at his shirt collar, which was already damp, and as they loaded her things into his pickup, she noticed the sweat beading at his temples.

“Is that it?” he asked after the last bag was packed away. There was still room for more. The observation stung, even if she knew it shouldn’t. Jon came all the way from Queenscrown to get you, she reminded herself.

“That’s all,” she said brightly, choosing not to take his remark as a jab. Jon wasn’t like that anyway; he didn’t make fun of people. Or at least he hadn’t been that kind of person the last time she saw him, which was at least five years ago, before the big move.

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Extreme Yang Spell

In traditional Chinese belief, what we call demons may actually be a manifestation of excessive yin energy. This can be neutralized by applying the opposing force: extremely potent yang energy. The following serve as demon/yin repellents:

  • Firecrackers
  • Mirrors
  • The crowing of a rooster
  • Swords

Reading sacred texts and philosophy books is also believed to send malevolent spirits on their merry way because these create order, in which demons (which crave chaos) cannot thrive.

(from The Element Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells by Judika Illes)

Anyone interested in being a splinter??? submit an app and well see if you are qualified for the spot!

The app must contain:

-character you want to interpret

  • brobot
  • bro
  • trickster dirk
  • derse dirk
  • jr
  • doomed timeline
  • GameOver god tier dirk
  • in game dirk
  • Decapitated Dirk

- a picture of the way you draw said character! (yes, art is necessary)

-the way you interpret this character

-headcanons you might want to add! (optional)

-we will need a blog to connect the account to in case you own multiple blogs ((like dirk cause he isn’t organized at al >:p)) + a name you would like to be called by

- We Allow both traditional and digital art!

it is required to have a discord


@sherlock-sparkles sorry I’m a bit inactive with school and such, but your blog cheers me up, as well as some others! You recently dressed your persona differently, so take this sketch as a little gift!

In India, we have a tradition called “raksha bandhan”. It means “bond of protection” in hindi. Girls tie a thread which is decorated with various little jewels around the wrist of their brothers. So it is basically a bracelet that is supposed to remind your brother to protect you. And it is the sweetest tradition ever.
However, as a kid, I used to tie this bracelet around my own wrist just because I liked the way it looked on my wrist. I found it attractive. People used to laugh at me because of that. They said that this was the most distorted version of raksha bandhan ever. But as I grew up, I realized how powerful that little act of mine was.
This was like a promise to myself to protect myself from the world and its people. And to this day, I continue it.
People still laugh at me but then I am the one who promised to protect myself, didn’t I?
—  Saviour
School system

I believe too many fan pages and fan fiction compares Ilvermorny to Hogwarts too much. Sure, back when it started the school system was much like Hogwarts, due to the fact that someone from Scotland founded it, it should have changed over the years. Realistically there should be changes to ilvermorny.

•The uniforms should be a lot different. In my mind they would be more like school uniforms. Not robes and crazy cloaks. More like a dress shirt a tie pants and a belt that has the Gordian knot on it.

•The years would most likely 1-8 to be starting from 6th grade and end at 12th grade like middle school to high school.

Most importantly:

•Teachers. There would be no professors. It would be Mr. Mrs. and Ms. There would also be no head master. It would be principal. In America, it would be strange to have a muggle born or have blood coming to 6th grade and all of a sudden have to call teachers professor. That’s something we do in college. Not high school.

Notes: Firstly, I appreciate the creativity because as a student who has been to both kinds of schools growing up, these suggestions are distinctly American. These traits don’t necessarily translate to some of the schooling practices in the other countries that make up North America, but the traits are shockingly similar throughout the mainland of American public school systems. Many Muggleborn students are familiar with these tropes and patterns, and so could more easily identify with and transition into life within the classes and daily life at Ilvermorny.

- While the main school uniform still includes the outer robes, the heads of houses and professors have been instructed not to enforce the rule except on specific and announced days throughout the year. We also have started allowing some minor alterations to the fashion and cut of the robe, with many of our young students coming up with everything from ponchos to trenchcoats to fur and wool cloaks. In fact, last year I commissioned my robe from a talented 7th year who created my sweater robe. It’s my favorite piece in my closet.

- We do keep to the terminology of 1st-7th years at Ilvermorny because we also have started having 1i and 2i years, which are options if a student has shown an aptitude for a career path and chooses to intern for a year under a professor or anyone the student and the school deem worthy to intern for. A remarkable witch had a youth leadership opportunity in her local non-magic community and so she spent a year in D.C. interning for a Congresswoman. Students are still expected to complete coursework, but it’s mostly experience and report-based learning, and can be turned in via email. 

- While I agree with the concept of tradition dictating we call the teachers Mr. and Mrs., here we prefer to stick to the far more respectable and gender/species neutral “Professor”. 

Thanks for the submission! Students, we would love to hear back from you about anything. Submit photos, reports, thoughts, concerns, and we will do our best to respond. 


Professor Ottress

have you always wanted to read the iliad but don’t know where to start ? have you ever wondered what all the fuss is about but never got to reading it ? have you already read it 7 times and wish to collect all of the available knowledge about it ? are you reading it right now and are very very confused ? this is the guide for you. 

first things first, what is the iliad ? it’s an ancient greek epic poem ! and i don’t mean epic in the modern sense of the term. epic as in “a very long poem that recounts heroic events”. 

who wrote it ? it’s attributed to homer. now this question opens up a bunch of other little questions, the main one being “who the hell is homer and did he really exist”. the short answer is : we have no idea. some people claim he existed and wrote a bunch of poems, some are convinced he never even existed, some think he was real but didn’t write the poems. i’ll spare you all of the theories but what you need to understand is that the tradition claims homer as the author of the books, simply because it’s easier than writing something like this on a book : the iliad, maybe written by homer we’re not sure just yet, brad here thinks he’s a myth but owen over there is pretty fucking convinced he’s the real deal. i’m not sure yet but we’re still looking for proofs so until we figure it out let’s say homer wrote it ok ?

when was it written ? traditionally, the poem is said to have been written at the end of the 8th century b.c. but there’s kind of a problem with that as well. certain details in the poem are more modern than that (but they might have been added by someone else than homer) and some are a bit older. herodotus said homer wrote the iliad around 850 b.c., and some specialists say it was around the 7th century. we’ll figure it out one day.

where was it written ? in what language ? it was written in greece in a weird-ish dialect we like to call homeric greek. it’s mainly ionic greek (which is the same dialect as hesiod, herodotus and hippocrates) with a bunch of other dialects mixed in. 

why is there a mix of dialect ? this is were it gets FUN. in greece, there was this period called the dark ages, from the 12th century to the 9th century, where writing disappeared. people would tell each other stories, but they were strictly oral stories, kinda like campfire stories. and those stories, they were passed on from generation to generation and every time a new person learned it, it was changed a little bit. the stories probably travelled all around greece, which would explain the mix of dialects. the “oral tradition”, as we call it, also explains the slightly odd rhythm of the poem. you see, the iliad was written in the dactylic hexameter, which is a special meter used in epic poetry that kinda replicates the natural rhythm of sentences, which makes it easier to remember the poem ! (there are a bunch of theories that claim homer was actually the first person to put the poem in writing, meaning he didn’t compose the iliad, he just wrote it down)

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The Role of the Cunning Person in the Sicilian Tradition

We are called by many names, maghi, benedetti, i ma’ari, and behind our backs those who dislike us call us ‘streghe’, but our role does not change. We are healers, counselors, mediators, bringers of justice and protectors of our communities. We are sought out when people loose control over some part of their lives, in order to bring it back into balance they petition our aid and we work our best to heal their afflictions, to find what has been lost, to right wrongs and ensure prosperity. We offer our services free of charge and rely soley on the gratuitous generosity of our clients with gifts of food, livestock or services. We do this because our power, that is, the gifts we utilize to effect change in the lives of others and ourselves, are gifts from “a Maronna” or in Italian “la Madonna”, the Blessed Virgin Mary bestows upon the families she deems worthy the abilities needed to heal and protect. Therefore our services are free of charge, though social convention deems that we are brought some sort of gift, it is not necessary and we usually will not turn anyone away. Our knowledge is passed down to us from our ancestors and in many cases they never stop teaching us.
Most healers have “allies”, spiritual beings, often souls long past on, that communicate with us in order to help those that seek our aid. Often times a state of trance must be achieved in order to do more complex tasks and workings. This state is usually brought on with ease as these healers and their allies maintain strong and constant bonds throughout their lives.
Healers have always been necessary in their communities, and though our numbers have dwindled over the years due to the advent of science and subsequently the rise of atheism, we are still very much alive and passing down these traditions and our knowledge for the good of our neighbor.