Sobriety update: No alcohol for eight months now, Hairpin. One thing I've learned is that I have a backbone ("Should I just give in and drink that frosty IPA? No. Come on. You've made it this far. Do you want to start over again?") and that has translated to joining a crazy strenuous strength program to make my outsides match my tough insides. Stay warm out there!
@chickpeas akimbo This, plus your curmudgeonly ways, leads me to believe we could be bffsoulmates, were we not Internet strangers.
@Blushingflwr Yeah, I blush at nearly every strong emotion, so my face is already a giant mood ring.
@chickpeas akimbo Ah, yes. I see. I like hearing from the people within different religions, but then again, that was not my job before, and can't imagine having to deal with it all the time.
@chickpeas akimbo Ah, chickpeas, why does it leave you cold? I'm curious!
@CaridadDelCobre Were it bones it would probably have more flavor, but it's just his flesh, as represented by tasteless wafers. The blood/wine was a Sunday morning bonus, though still doesn't compare with fresh fried chicken.
@CaridadDelCobre Ah, ok. I was looking for the difference between spiritual and blood ancestors, and you laid it out nicely. Thank you. And, for what it's worth, I grew up in a religion wherein human sacrifice (poor Jesus) and symbolic cannibalism (again, poor Jesus) were the norm, so animal sacrifice doesn't even ping my radar of Weird Things to Judge About.
I love this series because I'm fascinated by how various people try to make sense of this life through diverse spirituality. Something I'm curious about in regard to Santeria/Lucumi that Caridad sort of touched on is the idea spiritual ancestors; it makes it feel quite inclusive. Like, maybe you weren't born into the religion or of the people who traditionally practice it, but the sense I get from this piece is that anyone can join and be spiritually connected to those who practiced it long ago.
Is that a correct reading? I'm trying to wrap my brain around it.
@j-i-a Ha, I'm not worried about it. I like reading things that make me defend the other things I love.
@stonefruit It's almost as though it was written by the deliberately ignorant Capitol dwellers....wait....are we being Inceptioned???