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Spirits of place and becoming indigenous

Can members of a diasporic community become indigenous to their adopted land? What if they are the descendants/inheritors of brutal colonization? Is indigeneity something to aspire to (is it even a word?), and if so, how does one get there? 2,107 more words


Lost in the Crowd

If you descend from a family with 8 siblings, 11 aunts and uncles, 22 great-aunts and great-uncles, etc, etc, can you really feel connected to your ancestors? 360 more words

Genealogy Journey

Travel Tips - Bali celebrates Galungan Feb 10-20 (2016)

February 10 2016 is Galungan – the most important feast for Balinese Hindus, a celebration to honor the creator of the universe (Ida Sang Hyang Widi) and the spirits of the honored ancestors. 270 more words


Preparation VIII

Leaving on Sunday morning

This is the last post before we leave tomorrow morning ..

I read nearly all the news coming from Lesbos and hope I am prepared for the situation on the Island. 428 more words


Tree Deva

“Listen to the trees as they sway in the wind. Their leaves are telling a secret.” – Vera Nazarian

When you are out in nature, out in the forest, do you stop and listen to the wind? 365 more words


Some random thoughts on modern Germanic belief...

I have heard on many occasions over the decades about how this or that person “knows the lore”. This statement is of course a lot like saying I “have money”. 1,190 more words