Sorry, I've been reading all this stuff for quite some time, and I felt
the need to finally respond. I find the notion that we are influenced by
the culture of our ancestors, though we personally were never exposed to
any aspect of that culture, amusing. If I enjoy ancient japanese music
or something, does that mean one of my ancestors was probably japanese?
It may be a person is searching for an identity, or a cultural
niche, and they look back upon their ancestry and find that they are
scottish, so they look up scottish things and get involved in them. It's
not because there's a racial spirit possessing them, it's that people
have a need to belong to something, and here in America especially, there
is a shortage of culture going around. I would have to rely upon
socialogical or psychological reasons before I start looking to racially
inheritted tendencies to play the bagpipes.
And as someone said here before "Such things are beyond the
cognitive reasoning of man" or some such. Yes, they are. They are
illogical, and there are better explanations.
On Fri, 9 Feb 1996, Susan Mayer wrote:
> I can only speak from experience. For years when I was a little girl I asked
> my mother if I had any "Indian" blood in me (well, that's what we called it
> in the 50's) and for years she said "No", yet no matter how she denied it I
> was sure it was there. Finally, in the late seventies one of my cousins did
> extensive research on the family history and found that the one
> great-great-great grandmother who had allegedly been French and had married
> the great-great-great grandfather at Notre Dame was really a Native North
> She also had insisted that the family was Irish, that our branch of the
> Stewarts were Irish, and that we had no Scottish blood in us, no matter how
> I loved the bagpipes and felt as if there were Scottish blood in there too.
> Finally, after an examination of birth records showing family given names to
> be filled with Frasiers, Douglases, Alisdairs, and a bevy of other Scottish
> names, most of which were surnames used as given names, it was finally
> discovered that well, yes, we had spent several generations in Ireland, but
> before we had moved there the family had indeed been Scottish.
> Go Figure.