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19 January 2009 @ 07:09 pm
While I drink my spiced chai tea latte  
A juggernaut, yeah, that's a great big machine
from Star Wars -- or maybe a truck
Avatars are who you are in a game
and karma, we all know, is luck.

Kali's a demon; Dan Simmons should know
He went to Calcutta one year
and Soma's a drug out of Huxley. It's so
very great how inventive they were!


Sparked by some of the conversation on the What is Cultural Appropriation thread. And oddly not entirely consistent with what I've said about it. Apparently my writing brain doesn't entirely agree with my analyst brain.

ETA: I'm very sorry to do this but I'm disabling comments for now. turning off email notification on this thread and won't be checking  back on it for several days.   I  meant to disable comments, but then realized that would hide the comments that were already made, which isn't my intent at all.

This is all me and my silly head -- I need to work on a paper and won't if I keep wondering if people have said anything here.  So I  need to forbid myself lj till the paper's done.
Current Mood: amusedamused
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 20th, 2009 06:23 am (UTC)
I know this is well-intentioned, dear, but.

Telling me I should read a book, when I cannot stop associating it with the major misunderstandings people have taken from it, and I'm not real happy about the level of appropriation in general, is really just making it less likely I ever will.

And. I know you don't intend to be dismissive of my culture by calling it an introduction to Hinduism/Buddhism. But... argh. This is like calling Good Omens an introduction to Christianity. Only worse; it's like doing that in a culture where Christianity is a misunderstood minority religion.
mackatlaw on January 20th, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)
By the time you'd met me, I'd read many original myths and much philosophy which "Lord of Light" had led me to. So yes, it was my introduction to Buddhism and Hinduism. It does a much more thorough job (while still being fiction) of introducing religious pluralism and the Buddha's message than the comedic Good Omens did for Christianity.

I think the way to stop associating it with other people's misunderstandings is to read the thing for yourself, but I can understand you not wanting to. For all I know, you'd hate it. I'm just telling you what it did for me.
mackatlaw on January 20th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
Me, of course, not being raised in a religiously minority culture under issue. :)
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 20th, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
Missing my point.

It was only actually your introduction, rather than the thing that led you to your introduction, if you grant it authority.

And you don't know, by definition cannot know, what Good Omens tells someone who reads it without knowing a fair amount of Christianity. Neither can I, since it's not a minority religion and the mythology has pervaded my life.

But since it is a not-actually-meant-to-be-canonical take that nevertheless is based on the religion in quite a lot of details as well as overall feel, it seems like a reasonable analogy to me.