Raiding of Intellectual Cattle: A Guest Post by Steven Posch

As a storyteller, I tend to do much of my thinking through stories. In the much-vexed ongoing discussion of cultural appropriation it seemed to me that abstract theorizing may well benefit from the wisdom of narrative. So I began casting around for a story that treated with the topic. [Read more…]

We’re All Appropriating Dead Pagan Cultures

Do those who are attempting to revive a dead culture have the right to claim vicarious victimhood? Culturally all of us are much closer to the perpetrators than to the victims of the cultural crimes that we are claiming to be vicarious victims of. We’re all of us — eclectic Neo-Pagans and polytheistic reconstructionists — in the same boat. And living in a pluralistic society, we have to get used to the idea that others will use our images and our words in ways that are sacred to them, but alien to us.
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A politically incorrect opinion on cultural approriation by eclectic Neopagans

Eclectic Neopaganism is criticized by anthropologists and other academics who condemn the removal of religious symbols and practices from their cultural context as trivializing, as well as by feminists and race advocates who condemn the theft of the traditions and practices of another culture as another form of Western colonialism, and finally by other Pagans.  [Read More…]

Why My Pagan Yule Sounded a Lot Like Christmas Too (Part 1)

Over at Bishop in the Grove, Teo Bishop took issue with the singing of Paganized Christian hymns in his group’s Yule ritual.  The complaint was that it was disingenuous, and that Pagans need to develop our own music.  I want to respond to this on a few levels: first on the question of Pagan music, [Read More…]