To be clear, I'm not talking about how many generations of witches you come from. If that is the case this topic will not probably apply to you.
A lot of us from the States (and probably elsewhere too) are absolute genetic mutts if we are honest with ourselves. And of course there are not truly any "States" specific long standing traditions except a few very specific localized traditions like different forms of mountain magic, hoodoo, etc. And Wicca of course(cough). I know, for me what styles of practice speak to me in a "like calls to like way", not in a "it's cool because I like dream catchers" way. And In my personal experience, what speaks to you is not always your dominant genetic lineage. The areas that speak to me ARE part of my ancestry, but not the biggest piece of my DNA pie, so to speak. But, that's just me.
I certainly think if your going to claim a culture or tradition, you'd best know it very well and respect it completely. I also think ancestor veneration and assistance are important. But beyond that I do not personally have a strong opinion.
So, how do my fellow mutts determine what tradition or traditions to embrace?
Do you consider yourself bound to your dominant DNA? or Is DNA not all that important?
What about someone who was adopted from one culture and raised in another?
Do some of you consider it cultural appropriation if a witch chooses to practice a tradition that they have little DNA attached to?
Do you think this matters at all? or Do you think this is the foundation of one's practice?
Edited by Oroboros, 10 December 2015 - 01:40 AM.