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  • Sacerdos
    replied to Ask Neall
    The loophole is mostly white people snooping in stuff they're not supposed to snoop in, once again. I expect there are experts among the Navajo, healers and such, who have to deal with knowledge about these horrible creatures because of their occupations, but that is secret knowledge that doesn't concern outsiders, especially non-Navajo outsiders....
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  • Sacerdos
    replied to Ask Neall
    I'm sorry to be the eternal nag to point that out, but isn't it absolutely and expressly forbidden to talk about skinwalkers in the cultures their stories originate from (Diné/Navajo and related cultures)? I think J. K. Rowling herself recently caught a lot of flack from Native Americans over including them in her American wizardry concepts. I know Scion 2e put a lot of effort into getting the Manitou respectful and right, so I'm a bit surprised about that. Or is there a specific strategy for dealing with that prohibition? Or were you just referring to shapechangers in general in that question,...
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  • Sacerdos
    replied to Oceania's Purview
    Well, like I said, the tattoos are only a part of the greater complex. Mana in its myriad manifestations is what you really want to get at. Tattoos and taboos are part of it, but mana is the root cause, so to say....
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  • Sacerdos
    replied to Oceania's Purview
    Not too much yet, sadly. He's Nafanua's father and the lord of the Samoan underworld, half man, half eel, born of rock deities. He's a cannibal and slightly demonic creature, I'm not sure yet whether he is truly a Major God, or maybe a Titan or Primordial. He kept cropping up when I was tallying up god mentions from Western Polynesia, and I increasingly got the feeling he could be someone important, but I haven't come to fleshing him out in-depth yet....
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  • Sacerdos
    replied to Oceania's Purview
    If you allow, before making any suggestion, I'd like to unpack a bit of terminology (not that you necessarily don't know, but just to make the overall discussion plainer), namely that Oceania ≠ Polynesia ≠ Maori. Oceania is a vast geographical designation that encompasses everything from the southern Indonesian islands to Australia and New Zealand and further on to the East, including all the uncountable islands between there and the American coast. As far as cultural regions go, this includes the Australian, Melanesian, Micronesian, and Polynesian spheres, all of which have distinct cultural...
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