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  • AnonymousHello. I am wondering if you can give me some tips on how I can incorporate native spirituality in to my practice. Thanks
  • thepaganstudygrouppage

    I’m afraid we can’t answer this question. Unless you are Native (and I’m guessing you aren’t, because you didn’t specify any particular Native culture and instead lumped them all together) you cannot use the spirituality of any NA culture in your practice. Furthermore, if you really wanted to do it, a pagan group is not at all the right way to go about it. You need to find a person of authority from the Native culture you’re looking to practice and ask them if it’s okay/learn from them. (and in most cases it won’t be allowed).

    Native cultures don’t exist for pagans to take what they want from them for their own spiritual gain. We have more than enough between our many practices and shouldn’t be trying to dig into closed cultures.

    (Sorry if this came off rude, but this is something the pagan community really needs to understand.)

    ~Wanderings

  • The Pagan Sanctum

    thepaganstudygrouppage:

    chaoticwanderings:

    xxshilascreamsxx:

    But I thought being an eclectic Wiccan meant u could worship whatever deities you wanted, no matter what culture they came from. So are u saying that Pagans shouldn’t be worshipping Greek deities, or Buddhist deities or anything like that? Are you saying this because Natives have been basically shat on for centuries (I understand this completely), so people worshipping their deities would be another way of ripping apart their culture? But at the same time, isn’t it good to explore other cultures and their religions as a way to promote tolerance and acceptance and celebrating everyone’s differences?

    I’m saying this because Native American cultures are closed, which means you either need to be born into it or be (on the very rare occasions) accepted as a member by a figure of authority. I’m saying this because NA cultures have asked time and time again that we not dip into their culture because so much of it has already been appropriated by white people. You’re not promoting tolerance by ignoring the wishes of an entire group of people; you’re promoting ignorance and oppression. If you are a truly tolerant, accepting person who wishes to show support for those who have been severely oppressed for hundreds of years you should respect their wishes.

    The Greek pantheon is not a closed culture so that’s false equivalency. You’re allowed to worship whoever you’d like from open cultures. You are not allowed to take from closed cultures.

    ~Wanderings

    Reblogging for Wanderings. Just remember, being eclectic is not a free invitation to go rampaging into any and all cultures and their religions. Respect boundaries, initiation requirements, and the culture’s wishes.

    -Lavender

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