So, I have sort of addressed this topic before, but there is enough of a variance that I am comfortable making this post. Especially since this is not directly dealing with religion and faith; at least not in the popular opinion of what these concepts are and mean.
After conversing with a few friends, I realized something: I have particular beliefs about the supernatural. Bear with me for a moment. I basically question every form of organized religion, spirituality, and thought. Seriously. Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Wicca, Buddhism, and practically every other form of a faith with history seems questionable to me. As in, I will do research and question the validity, function, and purpose of said dogma. If someone tries to sell me on sage or the “Secret” or some other new age bullshit, I will laugh and possibly turn violent.
However, for all my skepticism, if an old Hispanic woman were to go up to me and tell me que alguien me puso el ojo, I would follow her to her curanderia so she could ward off any evil she saw. No joke. I may have actually done that before. Okay, I have done that before. Repeatedly. Same thing for Indigenous/Native people. I don’t know if my own background/ethnicity influences that decision, but I genuinely believe that certain myths, stories, and practices/rituals of these people have actual power behind them.
The rational, scientific, inquisitive part of my brain knows that there really should not be any difference between the practices of Native/Indigenous people and modern new age beliefs (other than age, culture, and history). So why does one make me believe and the other scoff at perceived absurdity?
I have no answer to this. I am legitimately asking the Internet void what you all think. Are there any particular things you adhere to or believe in? Any you find odd, silly, or just a variant of superstition? If so, why do you think that might be?