Posted 29 January 2012 - 12:01 AM
I pose this for discussion in line with Ancestral Memory. Those of my Peers here ( in the USA ) come from the generations of the old " sod " where ever their ancestor put down roots and grew a family line. Some Peers here, like myself have ancestors that came to the sod here in the USA quite young in their lives. We have Peers here who was born over in the "old sod " and at a young age migrated to the USA. " new sod ".
I pose, an Ancestor is an Ancestor, whether blood or not, it is a cultural growing of idea's stemming from the culture of the land and what the land had to offer. Within those idea's form thought processess. Those thought processess develope character, ethics, standards, mannerisms.
As an example, when the Irish Father who farmed his plot of land, the expectation of the family unit was that the Oldest son, inherited that farm, and then prolonged the family tie to that land. That became tradition. It was expected. If there were more than one son, the one son that did not inherit the farm, was expected to learn a trade or a vocation. The females were expected just to tend house. Because those expectations were so ingrained into the family unit, the tradition was formed. Those old thought processess mixed with experiance gave birth to the ancestorial thought that set in motion the basic nature of that tradition. A tradition is a building block per-ce, each family unit with ties by blood or by marriage conformed to the character of the first base family, the Elders and the culture they provided to the community.
I see this as prior to the Industrial Age, when man and family tended the spirit of the Land, and then for what ever reason, climate, famine, or just that wonderlust, the tradition set by the Elders, was changed. Not necessarilly by the character formed, but because of shear neccessity.
There are still strong family ties, in communities left, but as economics and situations came into place, family members chose to brave it in a new world, yet took with them, their memories and traditions, to build upon the " new Sod ".
I lean to the belief that those old Elder ancestors still have ingrained belief and characteristics, even in the newer generations, through the memories of the family thread.
" The last thing you wanted a Witch to do is get bored and start making her own amusements, because Witches sometimes have erratically famous ideas about what was amusing "
Terry Pratchett Legends 1