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[Jul. 26th, 2006|04:58 pm]
Religious Themes in the Shows We Love

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I think this is appropriate to this community.  In the fic I'm currently writing I'm about to do some very involved spells to facilitate the climax.  I've got Wiccan friends who can help me but after Writer Con I face a conundrum.  I heard two opposing viewpoints.  Both started from the point that Joss obviously knew little about Wicca and that neither Willow nor Tara followed the tenets of that faith.  Some said this could be corrected in fic, others said it was disrepectful to pretend they were real Wiccans at this late date because that's not how they were represented in the show.  Opinions?  Discussion?
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[User Picture]From: ravenwings_7
2006-07-27 06:30 pm (UTC)
I think the word you may have been looking for was "pantheist," although your point of Willow-as-atheist is definitely a good one. I tend to think of Willow's lack of worship as a (possibly subconscious) belief that the deities she invokes are not "true" gods, but more just very powerful spirits (I'm not certain I said that terribly well).

As for her use of the term "Wicca," I've always felt that she consciously adopted the label; perhaps in an effort to distance herself from the negative connotations of "witch," but more likely because she felt that her family would take her practice of magic more seriously if they thought she had converted to another (established) religion than if they thought she was just playing with spellbooks.

I agree with your assessment of Tara, as well (especially as Wicca is one of the most loosely-defined religions out there). Just because she didn't follow Wiccan tenets in the time we knew her, doesn't mean she never did (and I don't recall her ever going directly against the Rede). It makes sense that she's simply non-observant (thus maintaining the title).

Oh! IIRC, voudoun and some of it's cousins are kind of a hodge-podge of various (highly modified) African and/or Caribbean deities mixed up with Christianity, but practitioners don't make a habit of adding new deities to the mix (I could be very wrong on any aspect of that statement, though).
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[User Picture]From: harmonyfb
2006-07-28 01:01 am (UTC)
I agree with your assessment of Tara, as well (especially as Wicca is one of the most loosely-defined religions out there). Just because she didn't follow Wiccan tenets in the time we knew her, doesn't mean she never did

While that could be true, the way her character was written reminded me more of a looser FamTrad, and not a Wiccan. She was definitely more interested in spellwork than religious practice (I think that could be said of all the characters, really.)
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