i wish ralphy would bring back that old vibe to his stuff...i mean, not the whole line of course, but bring back that dope polo sport vibe man. It was so fly.
Qigong, the magic this person is using in the video, has been proven time and time again to be illusion and slight of hand by skeptics who research this method. Setting fire out of "nothing" has been debunked as well as other things. The medicinal properties that his Qigong has demonstrated, however, are real to some extent, as they do cure various ailments, but the explaination are almost always scientific and not supernatural.
Originally posted by Inactive UserWith that in mind, I have a question. Seeing as very secluded areas in the world have varying belief systems about everything in contrast to the more globalized and so called "Modern" societies, do you view them as "primitive" or less sophisticated? By primitive or less sophisticated, I mean to ask if you think that these traditions and way of life are so outdated to the point that they could be abandoned for new ways and be extinct in a few years time or if you believe that such belief systems will remain in these societies and communities as science and technology advances or gets introduced?
Originally posted by Inactive UserAlso, do you think it matters? In some areas or the Phillippines (Very close regionally to java, Indonesia, where that man in the video was from), Christianity is practiced very differently than in North America, and has become more of a mix of Christian faith with old Phillippine white magic tradition, complete with amulets that people believe to hold supernatural capabilities: before through the power of white magic, but in recent centuries the belief has changed that these same amulets have gained their powers through prayer to various saints and God. Do you think it detracts from your faith as a Christian or perverts it in some way, or do you think that this is merely a small/minute aspect changed in order to better accomodate the Christian belief in its essence to a new culture?
Long post, but I hope you'll enjoy answering it :D
Originally posted by Inactive UserEDIT: Here's a picture of a man wearing various Christian "Anting-Anting", or amulets. These are imbued with magic or supernatural qualities from its owner by praying to God (or jesus, or Mary, who is a very common subject of prayer as catholiciam is the basis for christianity in the Phillippines) constantly in order to bless the object. The belief is that the object itself has no power and that the faith of its owner "charges" it, if you will.
Originally posted by Inactive UserIs this idol worship like in the golden calf story or do you believe it's a conduit for legitimate christian prayer and meditation?
Catholicism shouldn't be lumped together with Christianity imo. The bible also makes mention how all graven images are dead and have no power. For them to believe that blessing them gives them some sort of power is anti biblical. But that's the lovely thing about catholocism...the regular man is not allowed to read the bible for themselves in their own language. Awesome, so they're pretty much at the mercy of the pope's interpretation.
Well, The bible is openly read nowadays by catholics both here and in the phillippines so I don't where you're getting at with this part of the post. Maybe a reference to the past when scripture was read aloud to the masses in Latin, which was and still is unintelligible ballble because it's not a language anyone speaks haha.
Originally posted by Inactive UserAs for the rest of the post, I find your insight very interesting. I don't believe in anting-anting (although I do find it fascinating and I have a collection of them, although the ones I have are considered blanks. I'm not catholic or christian and nor do I believe in phillippine white magic so imbuing them with powers is a moot point. It's the cultural aspect of it that captivates me) but I can see where they're coming from. I can also see where you're coming from though, and this leads me to my next question:
What defines religion? Is it religious text? Is it tradition that has come along with the religion? You said that (and I agree, but I just would like to see your reasoning) I should not lump Catholocism and Chritianity together, but I implied so in part because they share the same religious text. In their essence, what differentiates one from the other (aside from the Pope)? Are they different paths to the same goal or are they completely different entities altogether? The same question applies with all religion as well.
EDIT: and to be a little lighter in subject, I have another question.
Was there anything that made you go apeshit crazy as a kid? something that held your attention and kept you captivated and even to this day at least gets some of your attention when it;s mentioned? A toy, a movie, anything?
For example; I'm always reminded of my childhood when I listen to The Pharcyde and I used to go batshit crazy for Star Wars as a little one. Those yellow letters scrolling up screen still give me goosebumps: