Ethnic groups practicing certain beliefs in Chit Chat - Public Posted January 27 On 7/25/2018 at 2:15 PM, Aurelian said: Sigh. The main issue with this is people thinking they have a RIGHT to other peoples practices! I've seen a lot of people get involved with other cultural traditions, and after they've read a few books they consider themselves an expert on it and proceed to tell indigenous practitioners what is what! Be respectful, be humble, or else, just stay in your lane. A lot of POC are trying to decenter whiteness right now, so don't get up in their faces and throw a fit if you aren't accepted. There are white people in the US joining the cult of Santa Muerte, as has been mentioned above. Some of them throw a fit when they go to...the temple, the church? I'm not sure of the exact terminology, but some of them throw a fit when it's all in Spanish and they can't understand what is being said, and whine and moan and ask for it to be said in English. How about they learn Spanish and stop trying to colonize a tradition that has existed for hundreds of years? THEY need to do the work to enable them to work this belief system. Adapt instead of acting a fool. My 2 cents, anyway. Let my just bump this comment for anyone who reads this thread. Respect the tradition, because you aren’t a rightful inheritor, you are not a member of the culture, you are a foreigner or sometimes just a tourist. The cultural practice is there to serve them and not you so don’t expect special accommodations, it is meant to connect to their ancestors- not yours, so respect that if you’re going to try and get involved. Don’t go selling it and displacing the rightful inheritors of the practice who have more right to sell the products/practices, don’t go trying to write books on it exploiting the culture to make a buck. Don’t just assimilate into the practice because you want to benefit from their ancestral treasures, try to assimilate into the culture to show respect. And stay in your lane. Don’t expect to be a leader in the tradition, because you cannot tap into the cultural and ancestral essence of the practice the way the actual members of the lineage can.