Mixing energies of the spirits

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In the days when I took an active interest in religions from heritages different to my own, I was intrigued to discover similarities in attitudes towards the possible presence and involvement of spirits (who could be either well meaning or malevolent) in our lives, whether this was in Japanese or Yoruba based faith.

My mother taught me to avoid walking over any puddles or flowing fluids that were being washed out of anyone else’s building. From a commonsensical point of view, this notion could simply be regarded as hygienic, but she also believed that folks could wash out an infinite number of negative spiritual influences and that it was best to avoid coming into contact with anything of that sort.

In the outlook of World Mate – a belief system based in Japan that I was privileged to learn about, it was regarded as hazardous to walk anywhere close to cemeteries. Again, it makes good sense that there would be a diverse range of spirits in such a location, some of whom could be dodgy in their intentions.

For reasons related to these strongly held beliefs, people of my heritage are wary at times of wearing vintage clothes or accessories. No one wants to absorb the energies of anyone else’s spirit.

How does this relate to the practice amongst European Royals and aristocrats to wear jewelry and tiaras that have been passed on through generations at special occasions? I’m not sure if Yoruba or Japanese people do similar things, but I don’t think our traditional rulers have new crowns designed or made for them when they take on their roles. Does this mean that they absorb both positive and negative energies from their predecessors when they wear the paraphernalia of their positions?