Anonymous asked: As a current human of earth, I'm pretty sure when I hear "ritual" in an historical context, confusion and a lack of clarity is in no way the sole culprit. Many times it was to demonize other civilizations' aspects of culture, even if they weren't "understood," then you can bet they were still commodified or, completely destroyed........
Indeed! The word ritual in western style archaeological studies is not only an euphemism for “we don’t know”, especially if we look historically. (In my comment that I assume this is a response to, I referred to the usage of the word amongst researchers currently active in the field. It is of course both lazy AND problematic to use the word with its history in the field.)
The word “ritual” most definitely does have a historical usage strongly linked to colonialism and racism! The entire field of archaeological studies in the west is strongly linked to colonialism and racism. Any western education on archaeology that pretends the field’s primary focus at present should be any other than undoing all the damage the field has already done, is basically not a good education. Not only would it be incredibly racist to pretend that the majority of archaeology that has been written is reliable information, it would be a complete fallacy and also not very scientific. Early western archaeology was more a mix of political tool and privileged white person’s hobby than an actual science. Whether we want to or not, we are affected by the colonial treatment of the world’s pre-history. Not only archaeologists should be made more aware of this as post-colonialism is like a poison all through society today.
Activity for a rainy afternoon:
- Get on public transit in any moderately sized city.
- Pick out the first ten people you see.
- Notice the richness that you find, the variations, the spectrum of humanity in the first few rows.
- Take a good look at them.
no one ever says that Rome needed help from aliens to build their empire
#l laughed for days when i found out that #ancient egyptians used water to reduce friction and move blocks for distances #and that this was literally DEPICTED ON THEIR HIEROGLYPHICS #but ~western archaeologists~ #thought that the pouring of water depicted ~superstitious rituals~ #jfc
As a former student of western style archaeology, I can confirm that labeling something “ritual” is merely an euphemism for “we seriously have no fucking clue”. So if you ever read an archaeological report on the “ritual practices” of some prehistoric community, remember it’s practically someone who needed to produce a paper, despite not having anything to write in it, and thereby wordpooped out a few pages, using fancy words and their fancy title to make it “science”.
can we please destroy this idea that a person has to talk to you every minute of every day to like you
texting all day is not natural
force communication all hours of the day is not natural
All of you, Get a hobby that is not another person. Its vital.
this makes me feel so much better
Anonymous asked: It's been over three weeks now since Mike Brown was killed, and still no justice. How long must we wait? And when will we take some action? And what can we do? I feel so helpless and I know I'm not the only one!!
next time you hear a white person say “well if black people can say the n-word why can’t i???” you should ask them “why do you want to?” and listen as they try not to say “black people have something of their own that I am not entitled to and that hurts my feelings and makes me feel inferior”
Mythology buffs of Tumblr!
Mayhaps you could help a chick out. I’m looking for some good resources on Norse mythology. Books, websites, documentaries, illustrative daguerreotypes—whatever’s good! I’ve been on a Google hunt, but there’s a lot of dodgy looking sources out there and I’m in research mode for a Thing.
Any helpful suggestions, I welcome them with open arms.
Personally I’d say to look up what archaeologists specializing in Scandinavian iron age write about the norse mythology. You’ll find perhaps some of the driest texts, but probably also the most accurate and with (what I think is extremely important) analyses on how contemporaries actually related to the mythology, made practices around it etc.
I can recommend the blog of one of my professors from my time studying archaeology at Uppsala University, for you especially the norse texts tag.
Also, be sceptical of any text that rants about the magical properties of norse runes. Norse people used runes the way kids use writing - with glee that they have mastered something and often without purpose, like writing “chair” on a chair, because you can or write your name on anything and everything, often mirroring letters etc. Norse runes are one of the few writing systems that we know of, and have deciphered, that did not come into existence for economical reasons.