Sometimes there are babies in the bath.

Stripping down and homogenizing or syncretizing practices is certainly not new.  The free exchange of cultural ideas, and the adaptation of those ideas into a pre-existing framework, is something humans have been doing from the beginning.  We don’t like to abandon our own beliefs, practices, or magical frameworks – but we also don’t like to skip over things that work for someone else.  For example, some Buddhists will still practice Ganesha, as the practice works.  This despite that Ganesha is a distinctly Hindu deity.  Buddhists will also practice protectors from one another’s sects, when appropriate, if those protectors are known to…

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