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In our experience, we’ve found that having a safe space within the Tumblr Pagan community is essential. The recent controversy surrounding the mere idea of a Pagans of Color blog has made it clear to us that this space is necessary. It is a place we are welcome, comfortable, and free. We can write about our traditions and our experiences among people who understand and relate. We can celebrate our heritage and our practices.
However, while this blog is a place for People of Color, it is not “exclusive”: anyone can follow, ask questions, reblog, and engage. We encourage (polite) questions - if you want to know about or have a question that concerns Pagans of Color, please ask Pagans of Color. Don’t ask other people. Ask us.
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We look forward to engaging with all of you in a spirit of openness and learning.
Anonymous asked : Is it cultural appropriation or offensive to use ayahuasca alone in a ritualistic setting for the spiritual experience if I am not South American or Shamanic?
Alright, I did some research and I came to a starting conclusion. The Peruvian shamans who brew ayahuasca share it with tourists, so it’s not restricted to the culture HOWEVER there are several on record who only want people using it in their presence. This is for cultural reasons. It’s believed use will open people up and allow brujas (a witch, but also has the connotations of an evil one) to steal a person’s energy.
I think this counts as closed. It’s only appropriate to drink when with a legitimate shaman of the Peruvian Amazons.
tassledown asked : I'm curious if you know of any good -history- books on Mayan and/or Aztec religion or life that aren't flagrantly prejudiced or wrong? I'd like to do research on it (mostly for writing purposes) and am not sure of what other place might get good answers. If you feel this is not appropriate for your blog, feel free to delete this.
Personally I do know of two books that might interest you. Both are from anthropological sources and I actually took classes from the author of one!
The first is “The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft” by Rebecca and Philip L. Stein. I got this when taking a course on the subject. I found that the topics I double checked during research for papers or out of curiosity seemed to be backed up. They’re pretty respectful and if there are any problems I can’t recall them. I don’t know any other of their books personally (as in, read them myself) but I can vouch for this one.
Second is “Latin American Indigenous Warfare and Ritual Violence” by Richard J Chacon and Ruben G. Mendoza. I took several classes taught by Dr. Chacon (and one by his wife!) and can say with 100% certainty he is one of the most respectable anthropologists today. He doesn’t put up with bullshit or racism, plain and simple. Also he has worked with many groups in Central and South America and respects them all (he’s actually family to quite a few tribes apparently). Quite a few times he emphasized the importance of getting their side of the story into books more often. He has other books which do just that.
Clearly both books focus on more than just the Aztecs and Mayans, but they provide sources which should lead you to more relevant books.
here-lies-andalusia asked : Hi there, love the blog but H.P. Lovecraft is racist trash and it was frustrating to see him on the POC book list. The wikipedia page on him outlines some examples.
I didn’t know that about him honestly. Good to know. :) Thank you for pointing it out!
Currently I haven’t made the actual list. Any post currently tagged #poc book list is just a way of making them easier to keep track of. I will go through them and pick out the good sources from the bad. Honestly I have gotten bad suggestions (including one I saw on that list) but I didn’t want to ignore the ones I didn’t know just because of them.
Anonymous asked : Re: otherkin- sorry but I just didn't feel comfortable with there being two different discussions going on; one that is extremely negative here, and one that is a bit more welcoming elsewhere. POC who are suspicious of otherkin need to know about the medical side of it too.
And the medical side is possible with some otherkin, and some otherkin do appropriate form closed cultures without initiation or permission. (I’m not getting into specifics so I use a general “some”. I do not mean all or most.)
Guess which one is relevant to this blog about POC? I’m not going to have the medical side discussion on this blog. I’m sorry but it’s just not relevant here. If you want to bring in some connection we can do this here but until then please, feel free to bring it up on my personal blog KingCityWitch.
I will not reply to anymore questions (anon or not) on this blog about the intersection nueroatypical individuals and otherkin, or any mental health issues unless it has something to do with pagans or persons of color directly.