Re:Persona's relationship to activities was Portraying religion
Its okay, I'm not one to take such a question as being difficult or
snarky. Really what it seems to me that you are asking is, "What
role does a persona play in the SCA?" And that is a question for
much debate, long hours of discussion and a strong understanding
that its okay to agree to disagree.
To answer your questions directly.
1 - It is faulty to assume that anyone in the SCA is doing
everything in an accurate representation of the culture and time
period they are portraying. How far down the path of period
authenticity to we wish to go? Do the sheep you sheer for you wool
have to be a period breed of sheep that was in the area your persona
comes from? Does the vegetation they ate have to be period and from
there as well? After all different kinds of wool are worked with
differently so I'm told. And just how would a 1250 Scott react to a
6th century hun or 15th century Welch or even a 1250 person from the
area we call the Indian Sub-continent? The first two aren't even
possible as the first is long dead and the other won't be born for
maybe 300 years.
2 - In short, to me, persona is a vehicle that is used to explore
the pre-17th century world. It isn't a prison to keep you at ONLY
the interests your persona MIGHT have had. If you limit yourself
because of your persona you are missing out on the possibilities of
sooooo much the SCA has to offer.
My persona is the 3rd son and as such he isn't the Heir, he isn't
the Spare so he was sent off to be Priest. It didn't take but he is
a scribe because of it. Well, I also like woodworking,
leatherworking, ink/dye making, fencing, heavy fighting, service,
I'm a chatelain, I make announcement for several groups in the area
and a few sundry other things. I promise you my 1250 persona
counterpart couldn't begin to be able to do all those things AND
hold a full time job at 40 hours a week like I do.
Persona does affect the cloths you will wear, I don't pull the
scottish accent very often but occasionally for fun do. By the way
anyone have a recording of what a Scott talked like in 1250? Hey,
had to try.
I have taught a class on gender and sex roles through time and
social class. (Gender is "job" sex is male or female. AKA to put
it in stereotypes. The woman (sex) is in the Kitchen (gender role)
the Man (sex) is out working (gender role). Or the Man (sex) is in
the kitchen (gender role) etc. Gender roles differ depending on
culture, time and social class.) And the reseach I did shows that
the gender roles we presume them to be "back in period" are often
Why this digression? Because a LOT of the assumptions we have about
how things were in period are wrong and the SCA tries to find out,
in a fun way, what the truths are as best that can be discerned.
And your persona, in my opinion, is a vehicle down that road, not a
prison to keep you in one spot.
That said, if you like one spot an awful lot, feel free to pull over
and soak in it!
> I swear I'm not trying to be difficult but if you want to playlike this 1 if someone assumes (for educational purposes) that since
you are 1200-1300 Scott that everything you do is accurate for
somebody from that time and place are you fulfilling the educational
goal of the SCA and 2 if you do that what role does having a persona
play if you only stick to it in terms of dress and (maybe) accent?
> Really those are both questions I've been wondering about so I'mnot trying to be difficult. Thanks, Sarah
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