Okay so this is kind of a rant. I was on a wiccan/pagan page recently where someone called someone a “fluffy bunny” for worshiping a known deity. In the same breath they mentioned that they themselves worshiped a god named Ryuk. As in the the fictional character from the anime Death Note.
Fluffy Bunny from what I have gathered is a blanket term for someone who does not acknowledge another’s beliefs or brushes it off as unimportant or nonexistent because it does not coincide with their own belief systems. Basically it’s a term for those who choose to be willfully ignorant in the many sects of the pagan community. This could also qualify as someone who has only read new age books and refuses to look into other branches such as mythology or other cultural traditions than many wiccans or pagans have adapted from.
I hate the term fluffy bunny. It sounds cute and adorable. It does not scream ignorance. The problem with people like this person is that they are caught up on their own ideals and viewpoints and consider anyone who doesn’t agree as wrong or ignorant. That is far from the case. The only one appearing ignorant is themselves.
I am not one to bash someone for worshiping another god/dess then I myself have chosen. I understand that others have different needs on a spiritual level that another god/dess can fulfill. However I find that these special “snowflakes” (I hate this term but it fits here) who peg themselves as pagan or wiccan yet worship an anime character as fruit loops. A fictional character is just that fiction. Yes from another standpoint you might say that Jesus is a fictional character if you believe the bible to be a work of fiction with the intent on preaching morals.
I guess the question is where do you draw the line? At what point do we say enough is enough? Yes technically Ryuk was a shinigami which is a god of death or death spirit. However Ryuk himself is fiction. If you look up the origins of shinigami you will find that they were often spirits of the deceased with ill intent. Does this person actually know the lore behind a shinigami? Do they realize that they are most often associated with the reason people commit suicide? If they do then do they realize that it shouldn’t be a God of worship but something to fear? Something you might hope would not possess you or a loved one.