WR:”How do you prevent the Mother belief being unmasked?”
AH: “It is a mistake to bring too much of the original faith into the syncretic form. One must focus on the essential and essentials alone. On the other hand bringing too little will lead to the Original Faith disappearing.”
After the essential elements are isolated, one must create the syncretic links: choosing venerable entities to serve as masks for the essentials. Usually, the criteria to choose them would rest on the potential mask’s attributes.
In a short example, when disguising the traditional Fon Sið as Christianism:
Balder becomes Christ (The resurrected son of the major god)
Frigga becomes Mary (representation of the sacred feminine in Christian mythology)
Odin becomes God the Father (since most Asatruar consider him as a chief deity)
Hod becomes St Longinus (Because Longinus stabbed Jesus with a spear whilst Hodr stabbed Balder with a missletoe arrow, see the paralel?)
Loki becomes Lucifer (The fallen angel who started as a trickster, then became evil).
And so on for other associations.
Blotar and Sumbeler, which are usually composed of a series of toasts, some with mead spilled in the ground as offering, others without. In order to hide Blot as a plane sight practice, a few elements would have to be changed, such as the spilling and the drinking horns. Those would have to be replaced by normal cups, and the invocations whispered into them as folk would pretend to be toasting each other.
Hammers may be disguised as crosses, and the popular Tree of Life designs that populate today’s trinket stores can be appropriated in representation of Yggdrasil, specially in those versions that depict the tree upside down.
WR: “What about in an Islamic setting?”
AH:”Unfortunatly, when it comes to attempt to hide in an Islamic setting, life gets harder for us. Any sort of alcoholic beverage (including mead) is strictly forbidden, not to mention any representation of living beings (including trees) is also forbidden because it is considered to lead to idolatry. Similarly, there is little to nothing on the mainstream creed one can grasp on to create syncretic links, but Islamic folklore gives you a way out: Djinns.”
WR: What are Djinns?
AH:”Djinns are “genies”, a form of demons in Islamic lore. Djins are reported to have their own culture and follow the faiths of Man, being easily “adapted” as syncretic links, allowing one to appear muslim, yet worshiping the Old Gods.
As for Blot and Sumbel, Islamic Law prescribes two times one must make a symbolic sacrifice – the Eid celebrations. In both Eid, one is supposed to kill a sheep or lamb, and make a huge celebration to commemorate the end of Ramadan. Since Blot cannot be made with mead in a muslim setting, why not making it the old fashioned way with blood?
Sumbel is a practice that would, unfortunately have to be hidden, taking place in one’s basement or a closed windowed room. Make sure someone stays as a lookout, though, case a “friendly” neighbor decides to denounce you to the authorities!
Trickier practices to hide would be Seidr and Galdr.
Galdr, ironically already has a mirror in Islamic countries: Taweez pendants.
These are hollow, cylinder like pendants which as supposed to be filled with Dua – special prayers meant to request something – and used around one’s wrist or as a necklace. BUT…..who says that it has to have Duas inside and not a galdr? Nobody will peek inside the box.
Seidr, on other hand, falls into the same category as Sumbel – has to be hidden from semi-public view and conducted in basements and suchlike.
These are merely small suggestions which have vast field to be improved. Suggestions on commentary are welcomed.”
https://cefeco.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/a-influencia-de-costumes-islamicos-no-candomble-e-na-umbanda/ retrived in 29/8/17
http://www.ravenkindred.com/RBRituals.html retrived in 29/8/17