unfashionablehousewife:

Hi, full fucking offence but: The point of older and / or better researched, more historically oriented practitioners pointing out the historical inaccuracies in modern lay information, and pressuring people to learn the legitimate academic history of their religion and its traditions, isn’t to say “you can’t practice them because they’re not ancient; you’re just a pretender if you’re not celebrating the REAL ancient holidays”.

It’s literally to prove that you don’t need to manufacture fake histories for your holidays and traditions in order for them to be valid. That they can be valid as 2,000, 300, 50, 10, or even 1 year “traditions” you just started; the point is that you don’t have to continue believing the historical lie that Eostre is an ancient Goddess (etc) in order to continue celebrating Ostara, or for that celebration fo be valid… It doesn’t matter. 

What matters is that we’re transparent about the truth, where what we practice comes from, and how old it is. And more importantly: That we make concentrated efforts to continuously do better; that we continue to try and right the wrongs of our predecessors and elders- especially when those wrongs are still causing blatant and provable damage both inside of, and outside of, our communities.

And honestly? Learning the true history of things and correcting misinformation should deepen your ability to connect with and celebrate these traditions- not destroy them; if your knee jerk reaction to finding out you’re wrong is ever “now I have to completely abandon everything I hold dear, and give everything up”, you have a lot of internal work you desperately need to do. Because that’s neither healthy, nor appropriate, and it signifies a LOT of personal problems.

Tell me your thoughts?

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