April 3rd, 2007

Shaman - Horse

To Be the Plastic Shaman or a Fluffy Pagan

I've recently seen reference to something called the plastic shaman. While this is a new term to me, the concept is not new. In the neopagan world there is something called the "fluffy pagan". The plastic shaman and the fluffy pagan seem to share something in common. Both seem to be less than the 'real thing', whatever that is. While I don't know really know what the plastic shaman is, I'd like to examine the possibilities of this name along with the meanings of "fluffy pagan".

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Calling a person a plastic shaman or a fluffy pagan is not wrong. It is also OK to be called such by others. The true measure for both is having integrity in each case. The name caller must have integrity that they are truly protecting, affirming and nurturing their religious path, without extending the scope of that attention to arrogant lengths. Being snide or snarky is not the same as being a guardian. The person applied with the name 'plastic' or 'fluffy' should consider if they have misappropriated something that may not belong to them. The person who excessively "borrows" without embracing the core knowledge is indeed fluffy or plastic. However, if the 'fluffy' and 'plastic' have integrity that their path is wholesome unto itself, irrespective of what other belief systems say, than the other-applied name can be worn proudly and without shame. There is always somebody better and worst than you. There is always somebody more religious and less religious than you. Seek comfort and integrity in your own path, be you a self-proclaimed mystery initiate or an other-named plastic shaman/fluffy pagan.
Flute - Courting Flute

The Plastic Shaman - The Challenge of the Non-Native Shamanist

I have a question for my fellow shamanists. Can you pursue your shamanic path without interacting with plastic shamans or becoming one yourself? The answer is not a simple one. Before you reply, consider the following information. This article is written in reference to the United States. I believe the concepts can be considered in other instances of tribal guardianship and cultural respect.

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