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This is a blog for and by Pagans of Color.

We are different people, from different Pagan traditions, with different experience levels, and from different ethnic backgrounds. Together, we form a strong community with a great deal of valuable knowledge and perspectives.

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.

Please feel free to submit content that would be appropriate for this blog. If we feel it’s a good fit, we will post it. But in this space, we have the power to decide.

We look forward to engaging with all of you in a spirit of openness and learning.

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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.

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thedappledsky:

There is no power hierarchy of herbs in hoodoo. It doesn’t matter if you harvested your rosemary during Mars hour on a Tuesday. It does not matter if you buy your herbs in the store or grow them. It does not matter if you wild craft your herbs. These concepts are ones found in European herbal magic, and do not transfer over into hoodoo. Herbs are perfect as they grow from the ground, created by God to be of use. 

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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.

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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. 

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kingcitywitch:

imademyselfsoeffoff:

Creating a Book List

pagansofcolor:

Let me start of by thanking all of you for putting up with me. I’m trying to do my best and learn as much as I can to give accurate answers and help. If you weren’t aware, most of the other mods are on hiatus or have left and I don’t hold that against them (Brighid knows there was a time I wasn’t…

Hi. I’m gonna just put the books I owe right here so you can pick and choose what you need. *Drops them* I hope this helps.

Secrets of Voodoo by Milo Rigaud

Divine Horsemen by Maya Dersen

Haitian Vodou By Mambo Chita Tann

Serving the Spirits by Mambo Vye Zo Komande LaMenfo

Egyptian Mythology by Geraldine Pinch

Shade of Faith Minority Voices in Paganism by Crystal Blanton

The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland

Memento Mori A Collection of Magikal and Mytholigical Perspectivies on Death, Dying, Mortality, and Beyond Edited by Kim Huggens

Vs. Dulaity and Conflict in Magick, Mythology, and Paganism Edited by Kim Huggens

The Psychic Vampire Codex A Manual of Magick and Energy Work by Michelle Belanger

The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Dark Tales by H.P. Lovecraft

Out of the Shadows An Exploration of Dark Paganism and Magick by John J. Coughlin

The Satanic Bible by Anton Szandor LaVey

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

For Pop Culture Paganism, there’s a tag for it on Tumblr if there’s certain ones they’re interested in and I believe there’s a book(s) about it as well.

Thank you for this!  I’ll definitely be looking them up when I start poutting the list together.  For now I’m just reblogging so I can tag/keep track of this. :)

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littledoomwitch:

pagansofcolor:

Let me start of by thanking all of you for putting up with me.  I’m trying to do my best and learn as much as I can to give accurate answers and help.  If you weren’t aware, most of the other mods are on hiatus or have left and I don’t hold that against them (Brighid knows there was a time I wasn’t able to keep up with this blog either) or any ill feelings for them.  

So please, if I say something wrong, whether it’s a little slip or completely off - I ask you to correct me.  I’ll continue learning and I am so thankful for everyone who has taught me something.

Onto business!

I want to create some book lists to refer to people.  My own collection isn’t too extensive, and we do have some references on the blog, but that’s not cutting it.   I would like to make book and other reference sources lists on the following topics.

Voodoo, Vodu, and all other variations

The Lwe

Orishas

Persons of color involved in paganism

Mayan reconstruction

Aztec reconstruction

Jewish faith and paganism (I’ve noticed it come up quite a lot in the past few weeks)

And any other suggestions.  I know I’m certainly missing a lot here. 

I see that Jewish Faith there, and I’ll happily add some notes and sources!

as a reference, for Jewish Paganism, you’ll mostly find young Jewish cults that are looking to revive very, very old ideals. Usually those of Judaism mingling with Canaanites. soo, that’ll be the most prevalent texts available.

anyway, onto some lists and mini explanations!

woo! hope that helps.

Thank you!  Im sorry I just saw this (school got the best of me!) so I’m going to reblog for right now and keep track of it.  I definitely want to include these on the book list.  I learned stuff just reading your notes. xD

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divinemoon:

Beautiful my mother, Yemaya! Thank you for being there during the worst moments of my life and giving me the strength to continue, the courage to withstand what comes my way, and the understanding of a mother as you are to me. There are no words to describe the way I feel about this Orisha, my mother Yemaya. You are everything to me, before my head, and you hold the place in my heart. Iyami, you are my strength, you are my sword against those that wish my harm, Yemaya you are the one who has given me reason to continue living and to continue this journey of life. The dark times when I can’t take it anymore, when I just ask for peace through death and for my suffering to end; the suffering I live through everyday that only you know, MAMI YOU GIVE ME THE STRENGTH TO CONTINUE, THROUGH YOUR WISDOM AND THROUGH YOUR LOVE YOU GIVE ME THE MOTIVE TO CONTINUE TO LIVE, TO KEEP GOING AND GIVE ME THE HOPE FOR A BETTER TOMORROW!!! THANK YOU MAMA, MAFEREFUN YEMAYA TODOS LOS DIAS DE MI VIDA! BAJO LA CABEZA EN RESPETO A TI MI MADRE, TU QUE ME DAS LA FUERZAS, TU QUE ERES MI CORAZON, TE AMOOOOOOOOOOOO! OMIOOOOOO YEMAYA!!!

divinemoon:

Beautiful my mother, Yemaya! Thank you for being there during the worst moments of my life and giving me the strength to continue, the courage to withstand what comes my way, and the understanding of a mother as you are to me. There are no words to describe the way I feel about this Orisha, my mother Yemaya. You are everything to me, before my head, and you hold the place in my heart. Iyami, you are my strength, you are my sword against those that wish my harm, Yemaya you are the one who has given me reason to continue living and to continue this journey of life. The dark times when I can’t take it anymore, when I just ask for peace through death and for my suffering to end; the suffering I live through everyday that only you know, MAMI YOU GIVE ME THE STRENGTH TO CONTINUE, THROUGH YOUR WISDOM AND THROUGH YOUR LOVE YOU GIVE ME THE MOTIVE TO CONTINUE TO LIVE, TO KEEP GOING AND GIVE ME THE HOPE FOR A BETTER TOMORROW!!! THANK YOU MAMA, MAFEREFUN YEMAYA TODOS LOS DIAS DE MI VIDA! BAJO LA CABEZA EN RESPETO A TI MI MADRE, TU QUE ME DAS LA FUERZAS, TU QUE ERES MI CORAZON, TE AMOOOOOOOOOOOO! OMIOOOOOO YEMAYA!!!

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— Creating a Book List

Let me start of by thanking all of you for putting up with me.  I’m trying to do my best and learn as much as I can to give accurate answers and help.  If you weren’t aware, most of the other mods are on hiatus or have left and I don’t hold that against them (Brighid knows there was a time I wasn’t able to keep up with this blog either) or any ill feelings for them.  

So please, if I say something wrong, whether it’s a little slip or completely off - I ask you to correct me.  I’ll continue learning and I am so thankful for everyone who has taught me something.

Onto business!

I want to create some book lists to refer to people.  My own collection isn’t too extensive, and we do have some references on the blog, but that’s not cutting it.   I would like to make book and other reference sources lists on the following topics.

Voodoo, Vodu, and all other variations

The Lwe

Orishas

Persons of color involved in paganism

Mayan reconstruction

Aztec reconstruction

Jewish faith and paganism (I’ve noticed it come up quite a lot in the past few weeks)

And any other suggestions.  I know I’m certainly missing a lot here. 

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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.    

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