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

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

So, have Maya and I been engaging in cultural appropriation all these years? 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…

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Added by Barry Spector on July 30, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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

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…

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Added by Barry Spector on July 21, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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

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 operative word here is permission.

Universalist-Unitarians, who…

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Added by Barry Spector on July 4, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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