Race, colour, religion?

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  1. Angie Brown

    Angie Brown Senior Registered

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    I sometimes wonder about the current life race, colour and birth and later religion (if any) of my companion members.

    I am white, Briton, mostly descended from pre-Roman tribes - Pict, Celt and Hampshire settled Belgae, but also had a Sephardi Gt Grandfather on my maternal paternal side (late Victorian era, Bristol).

    My father was baptised and sort of raised CofE, my mothers parents apparently left it up to her and her siblings to choose for themselves, and although she said she was a Baptist I never knew her go to any church.

    I was left to choose for myself and became Christian, but always knew i'd lived before and that others had also.
    I still believe, but am much more aware of how the 'Holy Books' have been messed with so now I rely more just on what is in the 4 gospels and the 10 commandments. However, I don't push it on others.

    So, anyone else want to share? I would love to know if there are many PoC, mixed races, and which basic religions others currently have :)
     
  2. CanSol

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    I'm actually a mixture of my previous lives combined
    I'm Native American (same tribe), Russian, Scottish, Canadian, Dutch and somehow ended up with German and English family along the way in this life
    I'm also related by marriage to my WWI family, never met them though

    Religion? Nope, I'm spiritual as are most Natives but don't do religion, not going to give my 2cts on the matter
    I do look white but certain features are clearly Native
     
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    Angie Brown Senior Registered

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    Thank you. Could say you are well travelled :)
    Do you know which Native tribe? We in the UK don't hear much about the Native people there, except of course we know there were terrible genocides, and that the buffalo were almost entirely made extinct in order to assist in that genocide. A truly horrendous part of history that never should have happened.

    Being still quite newish here, I haven't yet read any of your posts. Seems you remember quite a lot of lives.

    Best wishes,

    Angie
     
  4. CanSol

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    I'm Lakota, there are actually quite a few in the UK these days

    At the moment I recall around 8 lives in varying detail, I've writen quite a few of my memories on the boards here
     
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    Thank you for your reply, CanSol. I have spent a couple of hours here so far today and must get on and do other things. I shall read at least some of your posts though. It is a great comfort when we find other people who remember, isn't it? And very very interesting, at times joyful, at times heartrending but always interesting. People explaining the true history of things, instead of only what the victors wrote :)

    Best wishes,

    Angie
     
  6. GalaxyDreamer90

    GalaxyDreamer90 Senior Member

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    In this lifetime I'm from the US and am mostly of British Decent. I have a pale but somewhat rosy complexion and natural reddish blonde hair and bluish green eyes with a spot of brown in my left eye. That I know of no one in my family has eyes exactly like mine so it might be something I carried on from a past life. As for religion my mom's side is a mixture of protestant and catholic christian while my dad's an atheist. Growing up my older sisters and I were given freedom to choose our own beliefs. While my sisters followed our mother's side and are both christian, I always had an unusual interest in the paranormal, which led me to choosing Wicca as my religion. Another thing that made me choose Wicca as my religion was the belief in reincarnation. Since I first learned about it in school I liked the idea of the belief in reincarnation especially since I lost my grandma at a young age. It comforts me to think that she might of reincarnated in this timeline as someone else.
     
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    :)
     
  8. briski

    briski Senior Registered

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    I dont follow any religion as such, Christian prob the nearest. However i believe in reincarnation.

    Religions have caused so many wars though
     
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    True religion has caused a lot of wars, which may also be another reason I'm not christian. But, then again I don't see too much bad about Christianity. I just dislike it when Christians try and push their beliefs on others and I also don't like when during this time of year they say bad things about Halloween because it's a pagan holiday. I've always liked Halloween so I take it as a great offense when people say bad things about it.
     
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    Wicca is pagan and originates from england
     
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    GalaxyDreamer90 Senior Member

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    That's probably another reason I was drawn to Wicca.
     
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  12. MD14

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    I'm white, British although I was raised in the United States.
    As for religion, I consider myself a "spiritual atheist". I don't believe in a god or deity, but I do believe in a higher power, and of course reincarnation.
     
  13. There and back again

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    The further one goes down this rabbit hole the less it matters but in this life just another boring depressed white guy. I still consider myself to be a Christian but no longer traditional as I have gotten tired of the usual. I really do want to go home as this world is not a happy place.
     
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    I am white, French from my father's side, English from my mother's side.

    My French family is from Burgundy/Franche-Comté, as far as my research led me. They were wine-makers, until the industrial revolution when some of my ancestors moved to the industrial city of St-Etienne, close to Lyon, to pursue work. I am quite stuck in building my family tree, as the oldest ancestor I can find is Dominique C, who was born in 1680. Surprisingly enough it is currently impossible to know which of two brothers is his father, as records are unclear. Funny story: even during these old days, my ancestors routinely reached the age of 90... Drink some wine my friends :D

    From my English side, I have been able to trace their origin down to the 1400's, with a family of skilled craftsmen (it appears that they were glassmakers) who emigrated from Holland to England. It seems that there was some blood from northern Germany aswell, although their exact origin is lost in history. My grandfather's family were true londoners, while my grandmother's family seems to originate from Cambridgeshire.

    As for religion... I was raised Catholic but don't really consider myself one today, although I find it to be a very deep philosophy if you consider the thinkers and writers of this religion. I lean towards buddhism today, as I greatly appreciate its focus on experience rather than dogma.

    Ben
     
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    I am white, quite a mixture of Scandinavian, German, French, British. I've studied a lot of religions and beliefs out of interest. Since earliest memory I've been Christian, I'd say a somewhat unconventional one, on the Catholic side. I don't know where that came from as my family was not religious so there was no nurture there. I'm pretty sure in my PL I was Christian. My rule of life is simple - love God, love your neighbour. Sometimes the latter needs a bit of work.
     
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    English/Scottish/Scandinavian via immigration directly to the Southern U.S. or via the British West Indies first. (So, "white" I suppose, though I detest such labels).

    Raised Episcopalian (Anglican), now "Presbyterian" (by marriage), and--except for the spiritual wanderings of an extended adolescence--always Christian (as I understand the term). Said wanderings were strongly "Eastern" in flavor, with extended philosophical/spiritual sojourns in Transcendental Meditation, yoga, Zen and Hinduism, etc. but with a touch of everything else under the sun as well. This phase ran its course and I returned--quite joyfully--to my original Christocentric emphasis. However, my religion is not standard, as I was always interested in mysticism and also became increasingly suspicious of institutional/historic theology/beliefs (as being largely a human construct deeply influenced by the power brokers of different eras). I.e., the "Traditions of Men".

    So, I reacted to this by trying to achieve a more strictly Biblical understanding (but translations have historically been lousy--i.e., linguistic choices made in ignorance or in order to reflect prevailing theology, which had itself often been the by product of said power brokers). Likewise, some of the texts used (such as the Masoretic for OT purposes) are not the most reliable. So, this led to a growing tendency towards historic (not current) Quakerism with its emphasis on the in-dwelling Light as of primary importance (both as the ever-present manifestation of Christ within and as illuminating the meaning of Scripture). Also, I tend to spend a lot of time investigating anything and everything that might shed Christ's light from a different perspective, so lots of research of "unorthodox" Christian viewpoints (particularly in relation to reincarnation) such as spiritism and spiritualism, and other historic reincarnationist movements and theologies in Christianity, etc.

    That brings me up to date I suppose.
     
  17. AlexD

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    I'm a light skinned Mediterranean, basically I look quite like a Middle Eastern woman with pale skin. Where I am from a number of ethnicities have mixed through the centuries so it's hard to pinpoint my ancestry.

    As for religion, I was raised a Catholic and had a radical change of beliefs in my mid teens. I've believed in reincarnation since then (I still believe in the Creator), and I later developed a belief in predestination.
     
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    I enjoyed this post because of so many common themes. I'm a Caucasian male, a direct descendant of five people on the Mayflower. My ancestry and DNA are primarily English and French. Two x-great grandmothers were Native Americans, Mikmac and Huron of the Cord Clan. One amazing coincidence is my French great grandfather's name was Cordel, his people in France were cord (Rope) makers the same as my Huron ancestors. I've been doing genealogy work for over twenty years and am fascinated by it. Everything that I feel deeply about seems to simmer with traits common to my ancestors. For so many years, before DNA and genealogy research, we just assumed we were German American because that's all we could guess given where I grew up. I was excited to find that my very common name was apart of a research project and I could see the direct line into England and the 15th century. Hingham, England was a key location. Funny and a bit sad that in all the time I spent in Europe I never went there. But it's high on my priority list now.

    As for religion I was raised Catholic and still live in that culture. But began studying Buddhism several years ago. Now? Well, I'm a Christian Buddhist, but call myself a Seeker. I believe the Great Spirit is apart of me and the lessons in this life are many... I'm committed to the experience also. Blessings! ~Tman
     
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    I am white, Scandinavian. Got one of those DNA tests as a gift once. All of my ancestry can be found in northern Europe around the gulf of Bothnia. Almost all Scandinavian, a little finnish and baltic. I am actively Pagan. Have always been reincarnated in western Europe or descended from western Europeans who have moved this way or that. From Spain to Scandinavia, from Ireland to the ancient kingdoms of the Goths in eastern Europe. I seem to jump the Germanic-Celtic divide quite a lot. Not aware of having been Slavic, although I would not be surprised. I love genuinely russian culture, cuisine and pre-soviet history. Similarly, I would love to have lived in Sengoku Era Japan, but I am not aware that it ever happened, despite my liking that time and place.
     
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    Hi Ritter,

    I'm particularly curious about the "actively pagan" part of your description. I find anyone who is actively religious at all to be interesting precisely because so many in the modern world (especially on a board like this) are merely and vaguely "spiritual" without being actively anything in particular. Can you elaborate and provide some links (possibly) to sites related to what you are involved in?

    Cordially,
    S&S

    PS--I have no intention of insulting my "spiritual" but not "religious" friends, who are all great people. It is just that I find religious commitment refreshingly different in this context.
     

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