i have been thinking of something and i wanted to share it.
earlier in the thread, i discussed the fact that i am a dancer and that i do a lot of "fusion" dancing. i mainly am a bellydancer, but i studied modern dance in college and also have a great love for west african, congolese, flamenco, salsa, tango, mexican folklorico etc etc etc...as a bellydance teacher and performer, i would describe my style as "fusion bellydance" because i incorporate all of these styles into my bellydance, creating a more "interesting" (to me anyway) style of dance.
as i said in my pp about this, i take great care to do this in a very respectful manner. i study as much as i can about the cultural and historical context that these dances evolved in before i fuse with them. if at any time i find it to be something that would offend or disrespect the original creators of these dance forms, then i don't do it. so most often, the dance forms i have borrowed from have been dances done in a secular sense...not necessarily involved in any sacred tradition or religious sphere.
for example...i am totally moved when i have been blessed enough to watch whirling dervishes
of the sufi tradition
as well as the local tribes here in norcal's brush dances
and other sacred dances that they have been willing to share in performance. however, i would never ever ever dream of borrowing or incorporating any of these dances into my bellydance fusion because they are sacred to the people who perform them. it would be disrespectful and wrong. i am content to be an observer, i am grateful to be allowed to observe.
this is why i think that the Blessingway should be left alone. because it is sacred in a way that a non-Dine' can't really understand. i certainly don't understand it, nor even know the full content of it. but i understand enough that when someone comes to me sincerely and tells me that something i am doing (especially something that i can very easily NOT DO,like call my baby shower a Blessingway) is hurtful to them, i stop doing it.