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This has been bugging me for some time since I started my path in Paganism over nine years ago. Is it appropriation when the Lwa or Orishas have called on you though you are not of that culture? I have felt extremly close to Shango who has helped me through some tough times. I have always gave him the proper respect to the best of my ability, honoring him on his days feeding him as well as asking Papa Legba for opening the crossroads. I never claimed that I am practicing Santeria, Ifa, New Orleans, Polo or any other Voodoo practice. I never claim that i am a priest of his or sell stuff that culture. I never looked him up and said thats who i want to honor he showed interests in me.
Thank you all for your responses.
Just Remember , Niteowl :
If You Are Working With Your Own
Or Another Culture's Magic
I am happy that you are following your heart. :)
There is many similarities between legba and cernunnos. Even Baphomet is an abbrevation (sry if I spelled that wrong) of this type of being.
Why are you bringing the androgynous aspects of
Baphomet into a conversation dealing with Shango ,
or even Legba ?
The only similarities between Cernunnos and Baphomet ,
are they are both symbolic representations of an ancient
code system , by gematria ; different cultures , different
times , different societies of practitioners of an old magic...
The OP was asking about Shango , and cultural appropriation...;)
If we were dealing with symbolism , and similarities , one
thing that would be appropriate to the situation , would be
similarities between the Axe of Shango , the Stregha symbol
of the double bladed Axe , and the Cretan double bladed Axe...
Now that would be something possible of deep interest to Niteowl...;)
I was just mentioning other religions... Isn't this post about appreciating other religions?
And this is proto-shiva. As you see there is a lot of similarities:
No , it is about ***appropriating*** , not
*appreciating* other cultures' religions...
Two *totally* different words , with different
meanings and intent !
( if one is posting on a board mainly in English ,
it is good , and necessary to pay attention to language )...;)
I know , Niteowl...:)
That is why I asked Midrash why he was bringing in
the other symbolism , rather than staying focused on
your question , or something closely related...
Such as I mentioned ; The Axe of Shango...
These columns are from the Tradition I work with , and
teach...please note the sixth symbol down on right :
Please also note that column has a number value for
the eight symbols , of 603 ; yet , in gematria , 604 = Blood ;
Now please note where the Axe comes from :
( and this symbol means among other meanings , "Death
Or Transformation , Destruction Of Old To Make Way For New ,
Inevitable Fate Or Change , Chaos Containing Higher Order ,
Dust , ( Thus two together equal "Dust Unto Dust" ) , and Sodium )
Please note overlap of cultures , as I stated in my last post :
* Aerr - Rrea - Dea With Dea- Na *
As I have attempted to show in previous threads
where the traditions came from through the code ,
and how the original signal was distorted ,
and information lost , let me assist
in clearing up the missed understanding of the
modern views of Aradia and Diana , and what the
real truth is
underneath the substitute for that lost information
As One May See
Aerr - Rrea - Dea
Makes The Shape Of The Double Axe
which in the
is her symbol
Aerrrreadea and Deana
have a number value of
( Thus We Say Her Daughter )
( A Single Goddess / Mother Column = 603 )