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5 years ago  ::  May 26, 2010 - 8:00PM #1
Bairre
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I mean initiations are like $10,000-$50,000 dollars, and everytime you need any kind of ritual done, it costs hundreds or thousands of dollars. 


How do African Traditional Practitioners expect to get the average black person interested when it costs so much.  I mean, I seriously doubt that Cubans can pay $10,000 dollars.  Or for that matter, I doubt that Yoruban people in Nigeria can afford it either. 

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4 years ago  ::  Nov 29, 2011 - 12:05AM #2
Thequestion
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I wonder if it costs more to have rituals done because it's done outside the native lands.  Sort of the idea of fuel surcharge on long distance travel of a consumable good.  Also, I know that as it comes to Wicca, there are a lot of scams (particularly in New Orleans) where people generally go in the US for that kind of stuff.  People pose as psychics, palm readers, and other such experts while the culprit might not actually have any expereince or insight into the faith.



That is another possible explanation.  I wonder if it's hard to find somebody legit that practices the rituals or ceromonies for the good of the people and the preservation of the faith (and not soely ou to get money).



-Alex

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4 years ago  ::  Nov 29, 2011 - 7:40PM #3
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They cost money?
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1 month ago  ::  Jul 30, 2015 - 2:30PM #4
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Nov 29, 2011 -- 12:05AM, Thequestion wrote:


I wonder if it costs more to have rituals done because it's done outside the native lands.  Sort of the idea of fuel surcharge on long distance travel of a consumable good.  Also, I know that as it comes to Wicca, there are a lot of scams (particularly in New Orleans) where people generally go in the US for that kind of stuff.  People pose as psychics, palm readers, and other such experts while the culprit might not actually have any expereince or insight into the faith.



That is another possible explanation.  I wonder if it's hard to find somebody legit that practices the rituals or ceromonies for the good of the people and the preservation of the faith (and not soely ou to get money).



-Alex




There are a lot of scams.


One sign of honesty is that money is not demanded of you.


A sure sign of dishonesty is that it is demanded up front for religion.


It is difficult, but there are often other requirements that might be hard or impossible to meet.


For example, you can have a Baha'i wedding and there can never be a charge for that, but you have to meet all the requirements, such as both being 15 or older, having the consent of all four sane, living, natural, parents, who have not lost that right by molesting or allowing the molestation of you their child, etc.


Then the groom and bride have to say:"We will all, verily, abide by the Will of God." individually (even if they are Atheist, Agnostic, Satanist, Wiccan, or some form of Deist, Polytheist, etc. You can be of any or no religion, but not a Baha'i Covenant-breaker.) before two witnesses chosen by the Spiritual Assembly in charge (It will usually [almost always] accept any of your friends or family that you want as witnesses). It has to be a monogamy, and cannot be same-gender.


It cannot be planned as temporary, "companionate", or childless, and must be consummated within 24 hours but those laws only apply to Baha'is and do not apply to infertile folks, and anyway nobody enforces them as they are matters of conscience, and the Baha'i Institutions are forbidden to pry into them. There is only an issue, say when one of the two Baha'i principals (only the wife or husband) complains about it. They do apply to the Baha'i spouse; if, the non-Baha'i spouse brings it up and complains to the Baha'i Administrative Order, say their Local or National Spiritual Assembly, or even to the Universal House of Justice.


Peoples who are not members of the Baha'i Faith do have rights within the Faith but no obligations to it.

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