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Douglas Modig, Social Anthropologist, Therapist, Columnist, Writer, Hommentorp, Skåne, Sweden.
 
Chronicles and blogs addressing Social Anthropology, Psychology, Transcultural Psychsocial Science, Entertainment, Gossip, Politics, Literature, Music, Art and a multitude of subject matters, hopefully in a mixture of fun, scientific research and comments on contemporary life.

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SEASONAL GREETINGS? Happy Christmas !!!












SEASONAL GREETINGS

Happy Christmas !!!!


Somehow I feel a discomfort with the obvious fact that ”Happy Christmas” in American English is politically incorrect since long in official circumstances. In Swedish we will say ” God Jul”, which has no Christian connotation at all, so the problem is solved. Christianity has been under ferocious attack in Sweden (by our own intelligetia) for decades. Christianity is regarded as unhealthy and possibly dangerous superstition, being ”the opiate of the masses” (Karl Marx) in the most secular nation in the world.


Simultaneously the media and educative agents are ordering everybody to carefully study other religions, to enfathom other creeds with dignity and tolerance. Sweden, because of a long lasting generous refugee policy, and rightfully so, has a large population of Muslim refugee immigrants or of other creeds. ...

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FACEBOOK: TO REINVENT YOURSELF



 

 

 

FACEBOOK

 To Reinvent Yourself



I believe that the temptation to recreate your persona in social networks is becoming a global pandemic. The endless squabbles between the fake, the wannabes and the authentic aristocracy, the pretentious quarreling between aristocratic families dealing with bloodlines, ancestry and the complex rights to regal succession, be it outraged members of old royal houses ursurped by formerly upstarts or offspring born out of wedlock, has turned into an embarassing battle that seems to engage some of the nobility in a never ending story.


I believe we all have seen profile pictures of royals being used by non royals and celebrities´names appearing with a miniscule alteration to create a Facebook account to manipulate us to believe that we may befriend the authentic David Beckham or a member of the House of Windsor. So far, the possibility for the originals to prosecute the ...

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CESAR MILLAN : No Dog Whisperer ?


 

 

 

Cesar Millan: No Dog Whisperer ?



When this canine Guru appeared on the television screens a decade ago many of us were quite taken by his skills. Gradually, however, many of us, used to having a dog or two around, recognised that some of his miraculous techniques were literally but an illusion to a shocking degree.

 

We , on the other hand, should be clever enough to know that this is entertainement and not scientific docmentaries. American entertainement backs at nothing. The ridiculous Judge Judy screaming insults at the top of her lungs and earning millions  in her "court” wih non sensical ”trials" or the blatant absurdness of a Jerry Springer show proves that we should have become on guard regarding manipulated "reality" shows a long time ago.


Mr Miller´s advice to the dog owners, however, often make a lot of sense. What we are allowed to see, ...

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CHIAROSCURO: Beauty Epitomized


 

CHIAROSCURO: Beauty epitomized


Man´s fascination with the contrast between light and darkness, the enigmatic dynamic relation between the two adversaries, which at a certain point, seem to trigger off a sense of the methaphysical, the enigma of existence and death, the limbo between knowing and being clueless, of being happy or miserable, old age and youth, an unfamiliar territory of possibilities or an exhausting battle of dimmed contures and sharp contrasts:


What is hidden in what we see? When do the visual inner images start to blend and become symbiotic with the biophysological stimuli of our eyesight?


What truths or myths do we fail to precise and why are we filled with emotions of vulnerability, curiosity, hope or despair in the flicker of a single candle or a sunset? Why are we so ...

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APOSTLE: Woman or Man? Maria of Magdala

 

APOSTLE

 Man or Woman?

Maria Magdalena


There has been a heated discussion regarding the impact of Maria Magdalena in what became known as Christianity. I do not believe there was an contemporary word for the followers of Jesus of Nazareth, except for Nazarenes by Roman nomenclatura. Judaism was a multifacetted complex mixture of different sects with different names and dogma and did not exclusively consist of Jewish born adherants and had been so for centuries before the birth of Jesus. Jesus cofessed to Judaism although he, like many prophets or holy men, had been in constant squabbles of how the Torah should be understood or implemented.


Greek, as well as all Latin nouns, are genderbased or neutre. Calamities and hardships often are in feminine forms, (catastrophies, illnesses, poverty), whereas nouns with positive connotations mostly are masculine. An apostle (messanger) would be synonyme with a man based on the world order with stern restrictions of the female access to the exterior and to move freely or unaccopanied outside of the homestead.


The Greek word for apostle is a word in masculinum. This does not, as I understand it, mean that the followers were all men. It may even have been the reverse, although to rebel against the old order, to leave the homestead to follow a master and...

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