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« Reply #31: August 12, 2007, 11:58:52 am »

I wasn't labelling non-recon practices as disrespectful. I should have been more careful with words. What my issue is when people suddenly disregard already existing, traditional practices just for their own "what feels right for me" without any regard or consideration. Also, when people use their own preference or style of practice and claim that it is authentic or traditional. Or when someone decides to worship Shiva in a Celtic context or when someone attempts to Wicca-fy an already sacred practice. That was my issue with cultural context.


I see what you're saying, but I think I'd still qualify it with "unless the deity requests otherwise."  If someone does want to Wicca-fy something, I don't have any kind of problem with that as long as they're honest about what they're doing, and making it clear that it's an *adaptation* of an ancient practice, and not the ancient practice itself.  I really don't think there's anything wrong with borrowing material from pre-existing practices and making them relevant to your own religious framework, as long as you're a) not being a colonialist jerk about it (if the culture is living), and b) being honest and clear about what you're borrowing and what you're changing.  I don't see a problem if people do "what's right for me" if they accurately label what they're doing.   
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