This is interesting

natives always get dicked out of having "religion" in favor of some vague kind of "spirituality" which is one of those words people use to to either:

1. minimize their own beliefs (i'm not religious, i'm just spiritual [because "religious doesn't sound good nowaways])

2. minimize the beliefs of other cultures (look how cute these natives are with their nature and their interconnectedness - if only we, nasty whitey, could be as pure as these people we're killing [oh well])

same thing with chinese and japanese beliefs, but they call those "philosophies" or "folk traditions," which is hardly better

only indo-europeans and semites are allowed to use the word religion

posted by user-inactivated: 188 days ago