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« Topic Start: June 10, 2011, 09:57:53 am »

Hi, everyone.

I tend to be a forum lurker - one of those kinds characterized by long periods of silence punctuated by short, intense periods of posting. I'd like to break the habit with this board, so we'll see how it goes.  Wink

In terms of my religious life, I've been seeking and/or making my own way for a while, slowly gathering my touchstones together and trying to synthesize something out of it (to quote my husband: "You need to stop saying you're spinning your wheels as if it's a bad thing.") For the past year or so I've been accepting a direction towards the world-walking/hedgewitch/intermediary role, which is ironic/appropriate since that's what I'd spent the previous fifteen years assiduously trying to avoid (I know the term "shaman" is the commonly accepted anthropological term, but since its a culturally specific word I try to avoid it). I don't have a pantheon, or a cultural context where this kind of role is ever anticipated, so I'm trying to just go with the flow and figure out what works for me and the place I'm located; luckily the spirits working with me have so far been very gracious and helpful.

My hobbies include writing and reading, hiking, gardening and herbalism, needlepoint, RP and simulation games, being righteously indignant about the state of the world (protests are love), cooking for big groups of people, and filling up my National Parks passport book. My husband and I have two children, several cats, and a dream of growing most of our own food.

Nice to meet everyone.
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« Reply #1: June 10, 2011, 10:24:06 am »

I know the term "shaman" is the commonly accepted anthropological term, but since its a culturally specific word I try to avoid it
Still common among laypeople, but anthropology as an academic discipline has largely given it up in favor of using whatever culturally-specific term applies.

I avoid it myself for exactly the same reasons you do, and "world-walker" is one of the alternative terms I use.

Welcome to TC!

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« Reply #2: June 10, 2011, 10:29:37 am »


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« Reply #3: June 10, 2011, 10:34:05 am »



Welcome. World-Walker.  I like that. Going to have to remember it. Smiley

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« Reply #4: June 10, 2011, 10:36:29 am »

... being righteously indignant about the state of the world (protests are love...

Ah, a woman after my own heart! I spend most of my life shaking things up.

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« Reply #5: June 10, 2011, 12:03:43 pm »

Hi, everyone.

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« Reply #6: June 10, 2011, 01:42:01 pm »

Still common among laypeople, but anthropology as an academic discipline has largely given it up in favor of using whatever culturally-specific term applies.

That's good to know. Thanks, Sunflower.

And thanks, everybody, for the welcome. Smiley
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« Reply #7: June 12, 2011, 07:29:53 pm »

Nice to meet everyone.

Welcome! Smiley
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