Barry Spector's Blog – July 2016 Archive (3)

Barry’s Blog # 171: Cultural Appropriation? Part Four of Four

So, have Maya and I been engaging in cultural appropriation? And which cultural forms are we making use of? The terms we need to make peace with are calling, permission, authenticity and community.

After participating in several Dagara (West African) grief rituals led by Malidoma Some´at men’s conferences in the 1990s, it was quite clear to me that I was called to this important work. Maya speaks of her calling…

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Added by Barry Spector on July 30, 2016 at 4:06pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 170: Cultural Appropriation? Part Three of Four

When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the Dharma will come to the land of the red faces. — Tibetan Prophecy

S0 — What about those emissaries from Tibet and countless other cultures who have relocated to America and Western Europe specifically for the purpose of teaching their ways? All those Yogis and Sufis and shamans and Taoists and ayahuasca priests and Zen masters and gurus (the word “guru” is now used so commonly in…

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Added by Barry Spector on July 21, 2016 at 3:33pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 169: Cultural Appropriation? Part Two of Three

I find myself ironically posting Part Two of this essay on what we may eventually call Interdependence Day.

The alternative to cultural appropriation is cultural appreciation: learning about another culture with respect and courtesy. Some prefer the term “cultural exchange.” It is appreciating a certain culture enough to take time to learn about it, interact (or study with) with members of its community, and receive a certain blessing to carry its wisdom forward. The…

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Added by Barry Spector on July 4, 2016 at 1:45pm — No Comments

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