Jilara (jilara) wrote,

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Friday 5

I got intrigued by this one, because in my family, the answers are not at all what one might expect...

1. How far back can you trace your family tree?
On one line on my father's side, it is all directly documented from starting in 1491, when Johann Gabriel Circile moved himself and his family to Finland. Before that, there is oral traditions with names and relations showing up every couple generations, usually with regard to people moving or marrying into noble Scandanavian families, back to 800 or so. It we get into more legendary sorts of "family memory" it goes back before Roman times.

2. What is the most interesting (or strange) thing you've heard about one of your relatives?
We don't think any of it is strange. Some folks might think coming from a hereditary line of shamans, sorcerers (that's the "circile" part) and volvos is odd, or having an ancestress known as "the White Horse" is strange, but we don't. But it's quite interesting!

3. How do you feel about legacy names like John Henry Smith IV or naming children after other relatives
Hmm, and almost every generation has a John Gabriel back to 1491...so we feel pretty good about it. We've got a lot of Sophias, too, which has to do with some trads the family was involved with back in Roman times. I'm glad to have a legacy name, myself./

4. Would you consider yourself and/or your family to be traditional?
Highly. We all have a longstanding tradition of polyamory, children born out of wedlock, women who never marry but are involved in long-term formal relationships of various types, and people who practice various forms of magick/shamanism, going back to antiquity. And for the past few hundred years have practiced what some would call "utopian ideals" and freethinking, down through the generations. If that's not tradition, I don't know what is. Not your tradition? Sorry, that wasn't the question. </b>

5. What is one tradition you have passed on to your children and/or plan to pass on to them?

It would be nice if I had any children to pass any of this on to, but I was told in prophecy decades ago that "all your children will be children of spirit," so I think I've passed some of the trads on to outsiders. I can hope, anyway. The world needs freethinkers.


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