Talk:Wak mythology

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I failed. Kosterortiizbrock (talk) 15:44, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

It's not esay stuff to find. I had to follow a chain of links on WP before I got to anything useful. BicyclewheelModerator 17:21, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

How on-mission is this?[edit]

Thousands of different cultures have their own creation myths. They only become a problem when people insist that they be taught in schools as science. i don't think that's the case with this one. And I really think we've moved beyond juvenile stuff like "Thor is a god. There's no evidence that he or any other gods exist".

Anyway, I'm off now. It's nearly midnight where I live. Spud (talk) 16:00, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

I am not trying to argue with you, but is this is not basically woo and all kinds of crankery? Kosterortiizbrock (talk) 16:04, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

It's not crankery if it's the standard belief system of the area. If everyone else around believes it, then it's crankery not to. BicyclewheelModerator 16:53, 19 July 2015 (UTC)
I would say it's mission (though only as much as any other non fundamentalist-pushing mythology is), but is it important? Just because something "is on mission" doesn't mean we need to actually cover it. --"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 16:56, 19 July 2015 (UTC)
True, creation and founding myths don't need to be covered. However I've found out some stuff on it that shows its influence on a large chunk of the Ethiopian population. I think a rule of thumb should be "only write about it if there's present-day relevance" - unless we want to criticise a thing nobody believes anymore. BicyclewheelModerator 17:20, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

In addition, I was able to find this, this, this right here and finally this whole category so honestly there are several similar articles (talk) 17:24, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

There was even one on a mythical squirrel a few years ago. BicyclewheelModerator 17:40, 19 July 2015 (UTC)
If RW's core mission is to debunk belief systems that contradict evidence-based rationality, should it limit itself to those belief systems that are rooted in the Western experience (YEC being the most obvious example), or should it explore a multitude of cultural/historical manifestations of those systems? I'm inclined to think the latter, if only to show how such traditions are both rich in terms of distinct narrative and cultural expression, and yet share interesting linkages/commonalities that help us understand how humanity tried to understand the world and its place in the world in the absence of evidence-based science. Peace. AgingHippie (talk) 17:43, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

Note that it wasn't until earlier today that this page was fixed with proper scientific views on the matter and it actually had folk lore. before it was fixed. Kosterortiizbrock (talk) 17:53, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

Change of title[edit]

Only one ethnic group in Ethiopia, the Oromo, believes this (assuming they still do), so perhaps Wak or Waaq would be a better title? BicyclewheelModerator 16:53, 19 July 2015 (UTC)