Re: [Authentic_SCA] SCA Sumptuary Laws and Customs vs. Authenticity
- cathal@... wrote:
> I honestly think you're safe with the sash.::Margaret pays obeisance to the visage of Cathal, and lays a small
> Anybody bugs you you just refer them to me.
> Capt Elias
> Or if you're down Meridies-way just refer them over to me.
> I enjoy the application of the occasional come-uppance especially
> if sumptuary laws appear in the argument...
ceramic figurine of a Siamese in a bowl before it::
Now, he's in south central Meridies, so if you happen to be in North
Meridies without him nearby, you send 'em my way. I'm not as gentle as
some ladies when it comes to suffering the willingly ignorant, though I
have some sympathetic understanding of the socially inept. I'll be happy
to tell them my own story and viewpoint and then endeavor to show them
the period way to apologize.
Look, the fact of the matter is, the rules say what they say. If someone
wants to get offended by something outside the realm of those rules,
they will do so whether or not the facts of history back you up. In the
end the best path for your authenticity may be to work to change your
Kingdom's/Principality's/local area's viewpoint to understand that this
is period and doesn't violate the sumptuary laws - that it's just a
custom that arose from what could be some poor drunk fool's
interpretation of those laws to a newbie who stayed around and still
spouts it as Gospel. The SCA is young enough that some customs are still
ugly enough to need their faces changed every once in a while. You might
butt heads a bit with some folks, outside of those who might balk at
first, but then move on. With those who *must* argue about it and insist
on their ways (while not wearing a crown), just part ways knowing that
you're both right, and likely, you're both wrong as well, on some level
and in the other's opinion. Eventually, people will either A) accept
your "new" tradition, or B) decide that you're just a weirdo who insists
on following the law to the letter and applying your "creativeness" to
the "anachronism." Well, there's C), but C) can be appealed.