15Is It Appropriate to Decorate With Artifacts by sosska


									Is It Appropriate to Decorate With Artifacts?

So you just returned from a great trip to Mexico and while you were
there, you managed to find several artifacts that you
were able to stow away with you in your bags. You think they are
beautiful pieces and would like to display them in your
home so you can see the artifacts on a daily basis while showing your
guests what cool items you found on your vacation.

But do you really think it is a good idea to decorate your home with
ancient artifacts? Sure, it is a very cool memento of
your vacation, but have you ever stopped and thought of what those
artifacts mean to the people of that land. You may not
want to have it in your home after all.

Think of it this way, how would you feel if people from other countries
decorated their homes with pieces of the World Trade
Center Towers. Yes, a very dramatic comparison, but to the people of
those countries, the artifacts have more history and
meaning in them that you could never imagine or understand.

So, if you are thinking about decorating with artifacts you have found
during your travels, take heed. People also feel that
decorating with artifacts can bring bad karma into your house and
possibly haunt you. This all depends on what you really
believe in, but is worth it to think about when deciding what to do with
the artifacts.

Instead, it may be a wiser move to instead purchase knick knacks or
statues from the countries you visit. They would be a
constant reminder of your trip and can complement your home’s décor if
you choose wisely. Then, you will not have to worry
about offending future house guests with your artifacts and instead can
focus on discussing your past trips and experiences
rather than stick up for your choices.

So, what should you do with the artifacts you already have? Well, you
could donate them to a museum or find a way to donate
them to a local college or university that can find the appropriate uses
for them and possibly use them in their classes
dealing with the subject matter the artifacts represent.

Donating the artifacts will also show that you are interested in making
sure that others can learn from your artifacts and
will be able to see a piece of history up close and personal. That way,
you will be looked at as a person who is concerned
with education rather than someone who is only interested in what your
home looks like without concerns for other cultures.

Next time, think wisely about what you bring home with you. If you would
get offended by it if the tables were turned, do
not do it. It goes back to the old adage, treat others like you would
like to be treated. That goes for ancient people as
well. They still have ancestors who are looking out for them today and
still want to give them the respect they deserve.

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