In a comment posted in response to my recent Post “Out of the Broom Closet,” Curious Wind makes some interesting statements:
“The constant inquiries I see about ASL signs for words like “solstice” tell me that there are people who are needing to sign these words to other people, whether in conversation or ritual. But that we haven’t found this ASL resource tells me we’re not being public enough — at least, public in a way that pagan terminology can be owned and disseminated by Deaf pagans.”
This has gotten me thinking.
Are Deaf Pagans not being “public enough?” Are we hiding in the broom closet, afraid to tell anyone about our spiritual beliefs? Are we afraid of what other Deaf people might think? Are we afraid of what other Deaf people might say about us?
I know some Deaf Pagans who have said they felt like they were the “only Deaf Pagan on the earth!” Clearly, there are problems with being able to find other Deaf Pagans. Is it that there are not very many Deaf Pagans in the United States? That we don’t get an opportunity to get together with other Deaf Pagans and talk about ASL signs for Pagan vocabulary like “solstice” and “witch” and “magick” and so forth?
Is this why there is no resource for ASL Pagan signs?
How do we deal with this issue? Do we need to make ourselves more public? Do we need to find a way to meet with one another and discuss what signs we use in rituals, etc. so that we can own and share these signs with one another, and with the community at large?
Something to think about…
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