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29Re: [Authentic_SCA] greetings

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  • Stephen Higa
    Dec 2, 2000
      Greetings, Lady Vittoria! Welcome. I'm glad you've decided to join us...

      take a look at the link I just sent to the group...Using one of these jokes
      re-appropriated to Italy could be just the thing to put the listener in the
      mood. I'm certainly going to tell a medieval Judeo-Spanish version of one
      of them at some event.

      The earth of humankind
      contains all moistness,
      all verdancy,
      all germinating power.

      --Hildegard von Bingen

      >From: Ariane Helou <ahelou@...>
      >To: Authentic_SCA@egroups.com
      >Subject: [Authentic_SCA] greetings
      >Date: Fri, Dec 1, 2000, 6:39 AM

      > Greetings to all,
      > My name is Vittoria Aureli (mka Ariane Helou) of the College of Ste
      > Katherine (University of California, Berkeley). Vittoria is a 16th-century
      > Florentine lady, the daughter of a wealthy merchant. I've been active in
      > the SCA for about a year and a half; my interests include fencing, dancing,
      > music and other bardic arts, and cooking.
      > The introductory letter suggests sharing "magic moments" or "horror
      > stories" - and I haven't really got either. My experience with the SCA has
      > been that every time I start to get that general feeling of medievalness,
      > something happens (a cell phone rings, people start up a conversation about
      > computer games, or someone mentions Star Wars) that totally mars the
      > atmosphere. I know that cell phones are useful, games are fun, and I am of
      > course an admirer of Han Solo, but I don't feel that these things have a
      > place in a society which exists for the purpose of re-creating the
      > lifestyle of former centuries. Upon such occurrences, Moshe Mantega (a
      > fellow Kate and, of course, moderator of this list) is wont to exclaim,
      > "That's not period!" which usually gets a reaction of "don't be silly" ro
      > "what does it matter?" :) Which, I suspect, is why he created this list
      > :) I don't necessarily want to see things alter completely; but I think it
      > would be wonderful if everyone could try to have a little more thought for
      > the reasons they are in the Society to begin with. The ideal of the Dream
      > is to escape totally from our modern lives and step into another
      > world. Just out of curiousity...do any of you have any little tricks to
      > get the people around you at events to feel a little more authentic, and
      > get them to step into a medieval mode more willingly?
      > I think the problem of inauthentic atmosphere lies in lack of
      > persona-play. People always go by their SCA names, of course, but all are
      > more likely to talk about their "mundane" personal history. Or if they are
      > "in persona," it often becomes farcical, with thick accents and exaggerated
      > cultural stereotyping. As a result, I have never felt comfortable going
      > about as my persona, because I always slip back into talk about school, or
      > Mozart, or my favorite tomato sauce, or other such glaringly modern
      > topics. I am more active in creating Vittoria's past while hanging out
      > with my friends, or writing emails to fellow SCAdians, than I am at events.
      > Because when no one else slips into character, neither can you. A former
      > Kates seneschale once told me that some people get offended when they talk
      > about being in persona as "acting" - but the thing is, you have to act a
      > little. Or role-play, whatever. You have to step outside yourself. And most
      > people just don't seem to care for that. There is definitely a distinction
      > the members of the populace pay attention to anachronisms, and those who
      > don't seem to know the difference between a bardic circle and a
      > beer-guzzling party, and don't care either. It is quite apparent that they
      > haven't done a minute of research or a page of documentation for anything;
      > they all seem to have names like Urg the Underdressed or Roblin the Rude or
      > Barbaros Bonecrusher, they wear jeans under their tunics, think period
      > music is boring and don't understand why potatoes are OOP. So how are the
      > rest of us to possibly feel *really* Medieval? It would be truly wonderful
      > if we all could make an effort towards authenticity, at every event.
      > All right, this is way too long for an introduction - sorry if I've bored
      > you all with my ranting, and I sincerely apologize if I've said anything
      > untoward. I hope to take part in some interesting discussions on this
      > list, though, and I look forward to hearing what everyone else has to say
      > (especially if any of you have good advice for creating an authentic
      > atmosphere at events!).
      > Lady Vittoria Aureli
      > Chatelaine, College of Ste Katherine
      > Principality of the Mists, West Kingdom.
      > ----------------------------------
      > Ariane Helou
      > University of California, Berkeley
      > Sophomore; double major in Integrative Biology and Classical Languages
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