Instead of explaining why scholars of “Indigenous religion” are so indebted to colonial thinking, I’m really tempted just to accept their misplaced theories & use them to “interpret” normative religion. Maybe then they’ll go “huh”
“Indigenous religion” scholars: “A central feature of indigenous religions involve ancestor worship including myths of origin in quasi-legendary language.“

Me: **gestures to every single myth of American exceptionalism & the secular “holy-days” held in their honor**
Indigenous religion scholars: “Indigenous belief systems are derived from foundational myths about ancestors, who still actively participate w/ the community thru expected reciprocal relations.”

Me: **gestures to the SCOTUS**
Indigenous religion scholars: “Indigenous religions require descendants to pay honor to their founding ancestors thru adherence to established social regulations & customs.”

Me: **gestures to every legal framework in history**
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