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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
Meredith L. Pattersonmaradydd on January 20th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
And that's true whether or not "magical land accessible by walking across a geographic boundary" is a uniquely European notion (which is what I was thinking of with the earlier post).

From my old comparative-lit and anthropology days (which are a good thirteen years old at this date, and thus not entirely to be trusted), I recall the notion of gradations in geography mapping to gradations from the Known to the Unknown (or the Real to the Magical, or Our World to the Otherworld, or whatever) being fairly universal. It varies from culture to culture, though, and with respect to non-Western cultures I'd be careful about non-primary sources with Western anthropologists/folklorists mapping their expectations onto the cultures they're writing about.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 11th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
I'd actually be careful about that with regard to so-called "Western" cultures too :)

The reframing of Ancient Greece and Rome to match current norms is pretty staggering. For example, I've run into people who are surprised to learn that democracy didn't mean the same thing then that it does now. And shocked, shocked, that Great Heroes of ancient civilization were indulging in gay sex.