A Contemporary Example of Syncretism
This link may seem quite odd in a blog on religion, but bear with me. Louise Erdrich is an American writer - and quite successful at that art form. This link is to an interview and article on her in the American literary magazine The Paris Review. What caught my attention for this blog was the author's religious beliefs, mentioned in passing in this piece. She has a mix of European and Ojibwe (Ojibway in Canada, but both are pronounced the same way) heritage. In terms of religion she professes a mix of Catholic Christianity and traditional Ojibwe religion, a melding of beliefs that comes from her native American mother. Apparently she does not attend Mass ever - but keeps various holy objects such as crucifixes along with Ojibway 'medicine'.