alrighty so i have a question about cultural appropriation.
my grandmother was adopted and from a rather young age she was certain her birth family was Greek. now, i don’t know her full reasoning for thinking this, but i know part of it was that she was adopted from a heavily greek-american area during the Second World War when there was a heavy influx of migration in said area. regardless, she was certain she was greek for most of her life, and really worked to immerse herself as much as possible in that culture.
as such, my mom (and subsequently I) was raised on this idea that our family was greek, and therefore we thought we were also partly greek. and because of this, i used to wear a bracelet with mati (evil eye) on it. and i wore that bracelet until it literally fell apart. my wrist feels naked without it.
but my grandmother recently did the ancestry dna thing and found out that she’s not at all greek.
so now i feel very strange about having worn that bracelet/wanting to still wear it. because i thought it was my culture for my whole life, but now i’ve learned it isn’t. and i’m not sure how to handle that.
i was looking into buying a new mati bracelet, that’s how much i missed it. but now i think it would be wrong to wear it.
i guess my question isn’t so much as a question as just a bit of confusion i’m trying to work out.
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