This is a bit of what I was getting at in my first post mentioning the commoditizing of spirituality in America. I have 3 very dear friends who are Native Americans. Back in the 80's when Native American spiritual tradition was the fad, my Native American friends were very distressed that white people were robbing them yet again. If you look at it from a Native American point of view this makes perfect sense. White people already robbed them of their homelands and decimated their population horribly through everything from outright murder (in the name of god of course) to government sterilization programs.
I can't even tell you how many books, written by white people, about Native American spirituality and practices were being published (I worked at a bookstore at that time). I can't tell you how many white people were having "real Native American pipe circles" and "sweat lodges" etc. Believe me, Native Americans did not see this as "cultural sharing." They saw it as a rape and theft of their most sacred traditions by greedy, materialistic white people. While I may not agree with their religion, I agree with their objections on this issue. Artie --- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, Maria Lopez <flordel...@...> wrote: > Things hardly ever are as they appear to be under the eyes of the > ones who are not from that culture. --- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, <billsm...@...> wrote: > > I do not need to know anything about history, whether written in > English, Spanish or Chinese to determine whether or not the Basque > (or Kurds or Tibetan or American Indian) people have their own > country. I need only to look on a map, ------------------------------------ Current Book Discussion: any Zen book that you recently have read or are reading! Talk about it today!Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/ <*> Your email settings: Individual Email | Traditional <*> To change settings online go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/join (Yahoo! ID required) <*> To change settings via email: zen_forum-dig...@yahoogroups.com zen_forum-fullfeatu...@yahoogroups.com <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: zen_forum-unsubscr...@yahoogroups.com <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/