2127Re: [SCA-JML] Re: Mon and law and names oh my
- Nov 1, 2000On Wed, 1 Nov 2000, elmar schmeisser wrote:
> --- In email@example.com, Joshua Badgley <fsjlb4@a...> wrote:Regardless of whether there was anything to begin with the Society, or at
> > At the same time, the mission of the Society is geared towards
> > European society...
> Mission? Mission?? what "mission"? As I recall from my first intro
> in AS3 (gods - so long ago? no wonder my bones hurt) - the idea was
> to celebrate the ideals of sword bearing societies, and was "kinda"
> modeled after an idealized Camelot crossed with Faierie. As was
> written elsewhere, an armed society is a polite society - and the SCA
> was a rebellion against the depersonalization and its consequent loss
> of grace and elegance in the mundane world. The other old geezers
> among us can correct me, but I don't recall any "mission"...
least parts of it, seem to claim that we are a mediaeval re-creation
society focused on Western Europe before the 1600s. That is what it is
being represented as. For instance, in "Life in the Current Middle
Ages" <http://www.sca.org/sca-intro.html> it says:
"The avowed purpose of the SCA is the study and recreation of the European
Middle Ages, its crafts, sciences, arts, traditions, literature,
etc. The SCA "period" is defined to be Western civilization before 1600
AD, concentrating on the Western European High Middle Ages."
People are advertising this to outsiders as a society dedicated to the
study and recreation of the European Middle Ages and so I find it not at
all surprising that, new members especially, expect to find European
history rather than Asian.
I agree, however, that the current society, while incorporating elements
of re-creation and research, is still based more on this idea of the
'Dream'. If you want to do hard core research and outfit yourself for an
army in Mediaeval Germany with a whole army of landsknecht at your side,
there are other organizations that are more geared towards that
pursuit. If you want to be a part of an organization of friendly,
similarly interested people who like to beat on you with sticks... well,
there are some other organizations out there, but I prefer the Society,
I really don't mean to offend anyone, but I realize, too that this can
raise many different feelings in people. While I think that discussing
our place as Japanese personae or students of Japanese history in the
Society is relevant, a large discussion on what the Society is or isn't
might be better suited to be eventually taken off the list. I'll try to
shut up now.
-Godric Logan/Ii <Daredare>
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