The Myth of Race

Who understands history also understands the present.

Race and culture are seen as an entity these days,
and by looking at somebody we immidiatly make ouer
assumptions about this person.Race and culture seem 
to mean the same .the words intercangeable.
Was this always like this?
During my studies of many old traditions,
I found that there are ohter paradigmen
availible for us.
Racism and race itself seems to be 
an expression of todays materialism.
The ideology of race leaves no room for choice
or learning.
it says you are something because of your biology.
Today we care way to much for blood relations.
In old times a tribe was not a race, but a related group
of people, who worshiped the same gods or god,
and celebrated rituals together.
Being born in a tribe was a chance to become a full
member after Initaition, but you 
could also become member of a different tribe by
adoption or marriage for example.
The most ancient ways confirm this:

So it is possible to become a member of the jewish tribe, if you really want. This is documented in the biblical Book of Ruth. After getting the support of a Rabbi , a convert has to appear before a religous court, be immersed in a ritual bath. Children of such people a full Jews, in Judaism are no "halfs", everybody with a jewish mother is a Jew.
The Hindu tradition has also a history of converts and adoptees.Hindus believe in reincarnatian and the convert may be a returning Hindusoul,who was born in a different culture.
In the celtic culture adoption was seen as specially sacred, it brought people together without any family bonds- it was seen as something divine.
This is part of an old pagan prayer from the finno-hungarian people in the wolga region:
Let two complete strangers unite, let them go to bed as two,
let them rise as three,
let them bear seven daughters, nine sons;
let their seven daughters find
a new homeland beyond the stream,
and their nine sons a bride beyond nine streams,

The ancients have always known that homogenity is not an advatage, the danger to marry a familymember was great in the tribe with its huge clanlike extended family, incest is the biggest taboo found around the world, so it was encouraged to find a partner in an other tribe.This was often made worse by "totem"-like clans, which limited partner choice even more. But the tribal society was never a multicultural society, anybody becoming a member had to assimilate. In the old way people had to maintain tribal membership by participating in common life, life stages were marked by rites of passages, and often in name changes. Iven today, people wanting to join Judaism or Hinduism must pass such rites and commit to a name change. In Judaism one has to appear before a rabbinic court and be immersed in a ritual bath, the mikva. The immersion in the mikva can be seen as death (to ones old tribe) and rebirth (in the tribe of Israel).
The idea of "races" or "ethnic groups" did not exist for most of human history. Both are closed systems With the myth of distinct human races, the whole of mankind has put a spell on itself, it has cursed itself beyond measure, sacrificed uncountable lives and dreams.

"Tthe essence of Pagan faith is not nationality. It is a
religion of the Earth and of Nature. It is the religion of the
resurrection of the natural element. Centralization, dogma,
hierarchy, politics, etc. are alien to native religion."

"Today, Romuva is understood in a broader sense. Participation
in it does not have national or ethnic limitations. Members and
groups of Romuva can be people living in other countries and
From the Romuva Page

You seek the divine in a tree, but close your heart to the
stranger in your midst.
Does not the seed travels far with the wind?
You divinate the flying birds, but judge the alien with a
do not the birds fly free?

- i think shinto has some of the same links. i am still trying to understand the religion- though it is hard as i havent met anyone to teach me things about it- as i am in japan with no japanese- but i do go to the temples. i was told on one occasion that i could not go to the service they were having as i was not japanese. i was surprised by this but respected their wishes. so- i am drawn to it- but it still is a bit of an enigma to me. i thank yall for discussing waht shinto means to you.

Graphics:c Robin Wood 1997

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