I’ve discussed once before where the Pagan-Heathen element of a person comes from, nature or nurture or a combination. This time I am more concerned with whether the spiritual tendencies or associations of a particular people can be transferred through genetics. Yes, I’m treating science and ‘everything else’ as readily mixable substances.
A predominant part of by blood heritage comes from Europe, Ireland and Wales. That part of the world. Culturally speaking there are distinct elements to the spiritual expression of those particular culture groups. Oral traditions, a focus on songs as a means of magical influence, etc. The other part of my blood heritage is native/Indigenous Australian. This culture group also shares a focus on oral tradition, songs as a magical medium and various other things that I wont go into. THe bottom line is that the definite parts of my blood that have gone into making Me share certain elements of spiritual expression.
However, there are some areas in which they are some what different.
While the European part have a heritage that is closely linked to nature, gods and goddesses and spirits that represent certain elements of the natural world and the lifestyle of the past, the native Australian part has a heritage which is very much concerned with being a part of the land. Not just aware of the natural world and caring for it, but being a part of it and the Dreaming (the… Otherworld equivalent for native Australians).
Is it possible that the combination of these elements can come together to create a spiritual expression in me that is neither wholly one or the other, but has elements of both, like you would see in the child of two very (genetically) different people?