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mudang last won the day on October 23 2017

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About mudang

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    Video games (League of Legends, Fallout, Mass Effect), tumblr, reddit.
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Very familiar. I have been practicing witchcraft since 2003 and I teach my own workshops/classes.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I have. Mostly Hellenismos (before I knew that was a legit path, so I barely dipped my toes in) for a couple years, started off with NeoWicca (it didn't suit me at all), flounced around as an agnostic witch for a while (while praying almost exclusively to Aphrodite) then became a Shemsu with Kemetic Orthodoxy and shortly after, experienced spirit sickness and became a mudang.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    I suppose you could call Mugyo (Korean shamanism/folk belief) traditional witchcraft. Other than that. I've read about Traditional European Witchcraft but haven't partaken in it myself, as I'm focused on Korean methods.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Honestly Traditional Witchcraft to me means folk magic. It is adaptable but still remains closely tied to how things were done in antiquity. For example, my Korean heritage. Traditional witchcraft/sorcery for us HEAVILY dealt with sympathetic magic and vocal magic (words have power, etc). The way it was done in the olden days to, for example, get back at a thief was to gouge out the eyes of a dead catfish and bury it. This was applicable then and it's applicable now.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    Since 2003! So as of now, it's been about 13 years for me.
  • What brought you to our site?
    A random google search for a hard to find book, actually!
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I expect to spread information and be a sort of beacon to other Korean diaspora. A lot of korean diaspora don't realize we have strong, powerful gods from our own culture and our own witchcraft. I expect to have fulfilling discussions, otherwise. Everything Under the Moon is heavily slanted toward NeoWicca so it's a bit stifling there. Not my kind of witchy forum home.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    PaganSpace, WitchVox, the tags on tumblr (#witchcraft*, pagan*, polytheism) and Abracadabra though I haven't been to that one in a while. Very much filled with fluff.

    CVN.SPELLCSTR.com looks very promising, however!
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    My strongest would have to be protections, good fortune and energy work.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Attracting love for clients, green/cottage witchcraft.
  1. Sorry Blacksmith, I heavily disagree. I had my initiation and am in the deep of my people's indigenous shamanic tradition, and we've always had to charge a fee. our gods refuse to "work" through us if they aren't paid. So no, a lot of ancient shamanic traditions will require a fee of one kind or another. And it doesn't mean anyone can pay to be one. Good, proper shamans will not say "you need an initiation" unless it's absolutely true - because this life is endless hardship. Not everyone is fated to be a shaman even if they're chosen by spirits, and this cannot be verified by the person themselves. they must be verified by a shaman of that tradition.
  2. Depends on the app and if the algorithm is truly "random" in terms of pulls. I enjoy using my phone app if i can't get to my physical deck. it seems about 75% accurate with the reasons i give.
  3. Yes basically. Or my own gods will speak through those to tell me about other's spirits.
  4. I used to use tarot without issues for communication. Either that or waiting for them to visit in dreams and tell me what they need to say. but after initiation, I primarily stick to colored flags and rice and i ching coins, the traditional methods.
  5. I feel like I'm fairly tolerant. However, coming from a very traditional religion and spiritual lineage (my spirit mother is a bit of a purist), i have some bias against new age. I've never been drawn to crystals, chakras - etc. It never felt right to me.
  6. Us mudang use a wide variety but some staples of mine are: fan & bell rattle for divination and communication and prayergod knives for exorcisms and purificationscolored flags for divination and purificationrice and coins for blessings, divinationjade for protection and good fortune
  7. I'm ISTJ. 3w4 also, if anyone knows enneagram.
  8. You should check out rockofeye on tumblr. He's been recently initiated into Haitian Vodou/vodun.
  9. Divination is easiest, it's weeding out the spirits you aren't trying to talk to that can become an issue. I typically bypass this easily by keeping up a barrier at all times that only allow my gods and spirits that are interested in helping me (for a mutual benefit) through in my home. If you are able to receive dream messages, I would encourage that the most. If you are not, and you don't feel comfortable using divination, look at any "clue by fours" you may get that week. This means blatant signs that happen at a minimum of three times within a fairly quick succession (usually considered within a standard calendar week). For example, when I first started reaching out to my Father, Sobek-Ra, I received a couple dream messages from him, and started seeing crocodile images and text everywhere even though previously it was rare.
  10. Cultural appropriation is an anthropological concept supported by decades of research and there are over a quarter million scholarly books and articles discussing it in academic fields as varied as anthropology, sociology, law, political science, social psychology and philosophy. Cultural exchange is obviously not the same thing as appropriation or the literal experts in studying culture wouldn’t have made two wildly different terms with two wildly different definitions. Cultural appropriation is “taking intellectual property, traditional knowledge, cultural expressions, or artifacts from someone else’s culture without permission … when the source community is a minority group that has been oppressed or exploited in other ways.” - from Who Owns Culture?: Appropriation and Authenticity in American Law by Fordham law professor Susan Scafidi. Cultural exchange is “an intentional act of bringing two or more people or groups together to exchange information about their differing backgrounds to understand each other.” Obviously they are not the same thing. “Two ways in which cultural appropriation can be harmful are easily identified. The first sort of harm is violation of a property right … The second sort of harm is an attack on the viability or identity of the cultures or their members. Appropriation that undermines a culture in these ways would certainly cause devastating and clearly wrongful harm to members of the culture … Other acts of appropriation potentially leave members of a culture exposed to discrimination, poverty and lack of opportunity.” - from The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation (edited by Young and Brunk) There are literally thousands of books by experts in the study of culture, history and law that go into detail of what appropriation is and how it is harmful, two of which I’ve cited already. So, all in all, cultural appropriation does exist, it is extremely harmful. Cherry picking from closed traditions such as Folk Traditions across the world is wrong. Attempting to learn from a member of that Folk Tradition (who will be okay with teaching you) is okay.
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