re: possibly sensitive philosophical question
@woozle All that said, appropriation at some level has always happened, as different traditions listen at each other and regurgitate what they hear. There's an Ottoman musical form called a "Longa" which appears frequently among Ottoman art music compositions. It sounds like a Balkan line dance, but from where? Turns out, nowhere; it's just what Turks thought Balkan music (possibly Romanian) sounded like. Kind of disrespectful to...some unspecified culture. But here we are. Some level of appropriation is probably natural and tolerable as long as one party isn't incredibly more powerful than the other.
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