Historical Accuracy ~ There is a deluge of internet blogs on this topic, and I’ve read many of them in open-awed wonder at the closed-minded, in-the-box, impossible silliness of all the rhetoric. Historical Accuracy, really? You want “Historical Accuracy” in your practice? You want to do things 100% the way they were originally done centuries ago? As one charming witch put it, “…Well then, how’s your Human Sacrifice coming along, and when was the last time you led livestock to a bog?”
And let’s get one thing straight before we go any further ~ “Historical Accuracy”, trying to replicate the precise practices of ancient people who no longer exist towards an ancient deity with no fully documented information is not the same thing as respect for modern indigenous people and their active spiritual practices. (In other words, I won’t be holding a Lakota Sioux ceremony in my backyard anytime soon.)
But when I’m told I need “permission” to set up an altar to Kuan Yin in my home, it gets my blood riled. Ask permission? From whom? The Chinese government?…they’re communist. If you want to nitpick at “rules” for your spirituality, look at it this way– I’m not breaking any laws. Under our American Constitution I’m expressing my “Freedom of Religion”. I doubt that my home is going to be deluged with spiritual police carting away my Kuan Yin statue like some sort of illegal contraband.
Too many people have way too much time on their hands which they’ve spent in some sort of fruitless pursuit of a “Perfect Spiritual Practice”. It’s time for the Historical Accuracy Bandwagon to park itself.
I’m including in this blog post a video by Molly Roberts on this exact topic. She puts it way more eloquently than I can ~