The shared community of fanship has increased exponentially as the internet permits the creation of communities of interest regardless of geographical distance. For these communities, shared works of fiction function as the intangible heritage which created and connected the members. They share an emotional link to characters, places or events which they have simultaneously all experienced, yet have never physically visited. … More A heritage in words
It is Halloween. The veils between our world and the world of the supernatural are thin. Our streets will be filled with strange, other-worldly apparitions demanding bribes to leave nearby humans in peace for another year. Normal religious belief systems are overtaken by anti-religion, the otherworldly forces devoted to disruption, ahierarchy, and the subversion of Christian morality. … More An invisible heritage
In many ways, the Christmas we celebrate is more about the ritual than the religion itself. But perhaps it is worth remembering that religion can, itself, be a heritage to celebrate, whether or not it seems objectively true to you as an individual. … More An atheist Christmas
My past posts have talked a lot about the words we use to frame our discussions about heritage; how it is defined, categorised, and approached. The language we use to describes our worlds has power to shape how we as individuals and as societies understand and share concepts. The abstract system of sounds which (once we … More A language of symbols
As we talked about in post number 1, the first and easiest way to think about heritage is as a collection of … well, of stuff. Houses, museum artefacts, monuments; anything with an information board where someone will try to sell you a postcard on the way out.