is it acceptable to give something that is associated with a different culture your own interpretation? I know that is usually claimed as “appropriation” but I just relaly don’t know.
for example, I got one of those evil eye things when I went to Greece, without really even knowing what it was. I honestly thought that is was supposed to symbolize the eye of God watching over us, because Greece is predominatly Christian. later on, I learned what the evil eye really is and I obviously don’t believe in superstition. can I just keep my original interpretation of what I thought it meant to me?
I also have a couple dreme catchers, which to first nations aren’t even that religious, it’s more of a children’s legend about an old woman taking care of children by sending them good dreams. another symbol is unity because of how it’s a web, which really reminds me of the church and its different strands but all related.
of course, others say that as catholics,we wouldn’t like it if other took our things and give them different meanings, but I feel like this is kind of different.