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Japanese Religions & Anime Survey
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lupagreenwolf From: lupagreenwolf Date: March 18th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)
1. What name do you prefer to be cited as? What is your current age? What is your gender identification?

Lupa, 30, biologically female but spiritually genderfluid

2. Where do you presently live (City/town, State/Provence/other division (if applicable), Country)? Have you at any time lived in Japan? If you have lived in Japan at what ages and for how long?

Portland, OR, and no.

3. What do you consider your socioeconomic status to be? (Lower, Middle, or Upper) Working Class, (Lower, Middle, or Upper) Middle Class, or (Lower, Middle, or Upper) Upper Class?

Somewhere in the middle class these days, raised in upper middle.

4. What is your highest level of education completed? (Ex. Junior High School, High School, Some College, Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Post-Graduate Degree)

Partway through grad school (Master's)

5. What is your current occupation? (Ex. Student, Office Worker, Sales Clerk, et cetera)

Student, freelance writer and artist

6. What political party do you support, if any? What label do you use to describe your political view point? (Ex. Libertarian, Conservative, Liberal, Moderate, et cetera)

Primarily Green and Democrat, in that order

7. How do you label your Primary Path/Tradition/Folkway/Religion/et cetera? If you have any additional affiliations, list these as well. (Ex. Roman Catholic, Pagan, Soto Zen Buddhist, Kemetic Orthodox, Mormon, Reform Jew, Follower of Mahikari, et cetera)


8. What are your primary religious/spiritual practices, if any?

These days, neoshamanism, though in the past chaos magic was a pretty significant influence.

9. In a short summery what are your views on God(s)/the divine/spirits? Ethics? Impurity/Pollution/Sin? and Death?

I believe spirits and deities have independent existences, though they can be birthed from the collective unconscious. Ethics are wholly subjective and depends largely on culture and individual interpretation. Sin is subjective and largely a tool for controlling populations. Death is natural and part of the cycle of things.

10. If were born into a different religious tradition than you currently practice, what was the religious tradition of your birth community? (Ex. Roman Catholic, Pagan, Soto Zen Buddhist, Kemetic Orthodox, Mormon, Reform Jew, Follower of Mahikari, et cetera)

Roman Catholic

lupagreenwolf From: lupagreenwolf Date: March 18th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)
11. What was your first exposure to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture?

Kidnapped by geeks the first week of college as a wee undergrad.

12. How many hours do you estimate that you are exposed to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture in a given day? A given week?

Depending on whether my husband and I are working our way through an anime series or not, anywhere from 1-6 hours a week.

13. Do you consider yourself to be part of the Anime/Manga fandom? If so, would you consider yourself a casual fan or an 'Otaku' - a serious fan?

Casual at best.

14. Do you interact or participate in any Anime/Manga fandom groups ether online or in your everyday life? If so describe your level of participation and activities.


15. Do you attend any conventions relating to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture? If so how many per year?

No; I went to one in Pittsburgh years ago, but that was it.

16. What do you consider to be your top three favorite Anime and/or Manga series/titles - If any?

Favorite movie: Mononoke hime (though I've loved all of Miyazaki's work that I've seen)
Neon Genesis Evangelion (anime series, not movies)
Fruits Basket (anime)

17. On a scale of 0-10 (10 being the greatest amount of influence), how much influence do you believe that Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture have had on your personal Religious/Spiritual beliefs and/or practices? If Anime, Manga, and Japanese Pop Culture have influenced you - How exactly has it influenced you?

Maybe 2, but mostly for quantity, not quality. San from Mononoke Hime is part of my personal pantheon of deities (along with Grecian Artemis, among others).

18. What was your first exposure to Japanese Religious Traditions?

About a year ago I went to a rite at the Shinto temple up in Washington state. Got a basic book on Shinto while there, but haven't read it yet. Though I'm vaguely aware of the animistic elements of Miyazaki's work, especially Spirited away.

19. If you currently practice a religion with Japanese origins (including sects of Buddhism and other religions originating in Japan) and were not born into the tradition, do you feel that exposure to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture contributed to your decision to follow this path?


20. Do you have any personal religious/spiritual practices (outside of those that are formally part of your primary religious tradition) that have originated in Japan or are derived from Japanese practices such as Reiki Healing, Zazen, using Omamori, Performing Misogi under a waterfall, honoring/venerating/worshiping a Japanese Kami and/or Bodhisattva, et cetera? If so, list and describe these practices.

I was attuned to Reiki I, but never really did much with it.

21. Do your personal religious/spiritual practices include any practices derived from Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture or involving an characters or mythos derived from Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture? If so describe these practices.

See above.
ns_kumiho From: ns_kumiho Date: March 24th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Also would you mind explaining your practices with San (I think you mentioned it in a few blog entries a long time ago - but I'm kind of hazy on it)?

Thanks again.
lupagreenwolf From: lupagreenwolf Date: April 9th, 2009 07:50 am (UTC) (Link)
basically, it was when I was doing more experimental magic-related stuff. I had a particular bit of environmental activist magic I wanted to do to back up a donation I had just made to the Defenders of Wildlife, and so I called on her and Moro to attack the egregore associated with--gods, i can't remember whether it was a particular bill, orjust the general negative attitude towards wolves in the US--but it was an attack on the egregore of that.

I still include San in my daily prayers as an aspect of the Huntress archetype.
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