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The Noble Traditionalist

0% Traditionalism!

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You Scored 0% Traditionalist, Congratulations!

 

Brush off your Webster's Complete Dictionary, Vol. XXVIII, and look up "Traditionalsim". See a picture of yourself? You should, you're as traditional as they come! As a Traditionalist, you probably have a keen appreciation for the customs of the old world, and a yearning to keep them kindled in your heart and in those around you. Whether it be celebrating obscure rituals or participating in festivals, you know about your heritage and are proud of where you come from, and you've like as not got some lederhosen in your back room.

 

You might see the progressive trends of modern society as eroding away at the traditions you love, and may resent the lack of appreciation that many have for their ancestry. After all, it is difficult to celebrate your own heritage when the modern credo, "Hail, diversity! Down with the traditions of old!" surrounds you at every corner. But, you put up a stoic front and try to honour your culture in the name of your forefathers.

 

You are likely a little more intellectual than most, and enjoy learning about the histories of many different cultures, including your own. It would be hard to appreciate yours if you didn't know about any others. You are somewhat idealistic, and probably relish the romanticism of earlier times more than others around you. You see the grandeur in the ghosts of antiquity, delight in drafty castles and the notion of aristocracy. You feel like your ideals are not part of the mainstream spectrum of philosophy, but that's ok: as a traditionalist, society needs you more than ever to check the heady flow of new age 'enlightenment'.

 

You scored as a traditionalist because you tested highest in the areas of, naturally, traditionalism, intelligence, and oddly enough, diversity. Hey, you can't be knowledgable and intolerant at the same time, they aren't really good bedfellows.

 

Editors Note:

Although it's now taken over twenty hours to complete (and if you calculate in all the years I've spent compiling this information for my own purposes a good deal longer), I'm very pleased with how this test has turned out. Yet even more gratifying are the responses I've been getting from people. If you were wondering, I am a traditionalist, and knowing about my heritage and celebrating my customs is one of the most important aspects of my life. It has been since I was a child, and in reality I created this test more for my own interests and curiosity than for entertainment value. If I succeeded in both then that's just a bonus.

The greatest compliment I've gotten from people is that this test has made them consider their own heritage more deeply, and want to find out more about where they came from. This wasn't a necessarily a goal I had in mind when I created the test, but to hear that I've sparked some interest in a person's lineage, however small, is an incredibly rewarding experience. Our lives are so determined by where we have come from, our past, that to learn more about those indelible links is often times an overwhelming experience. To know that my great, great, great grandfather was a signer of the Declaration of Independence helps me appreciate the history of my country, America, in a much deeper and more personal way. And, like as not, amazing links can be found in almost anyone's history.

Whatever your score, whatever your ideas on the issues I've raised here, I want to sincerely thank you for spending the time to take my test, and hope that you've enjoyed it.

I also have a ton of resources for learning about your own history, and I'd be happy to share them with anyone who was interested. And feel free to send me your thoughts and comments, or even your ideas for the test! I love to read them, and might even post a few in the test itself.

Viel Glück,

- Errantblue

 

Answers to the Geographical and Historical Questions:

Q 24: The Five Pillars Of...

          A: Islam

Q 25: Historically, the "dollar" draws its origins from...

          A: Germany and Scandinavia. Specifically, from the Thaler.

Q 26: Some easy geography. What country is this?
         A: Japan

Q 27: A little trickier. What country is highlighted by the red dot?

          A: Nigeria

Q 28: You live in Romania and you travel directly south. What country are you in?

          A: Bulgaria

Q 29: Mao Tse Tung...

          A: Was a communist Chinese military leader

Q 30: Rome ceased its expansion into Britainia because...

          A: A and B

Q 31: What famous building is this?

          A: St. Basil's Cathedral

Q 32: If you went to South Africa, could you speak English?

          A: Yes, you could.

Q 33: Where do you think this might be?

          A: Northern England

Q 34: Aryan...

          A: Is an ancient Indo-Iranian word refering to a caste of nobility.

Q 35: Which mythological cycle describes a creator god who emerged from an egg and split himself into two people, one male and one female?

          A: Indian Mythology

Q 36: Lao Tzu has remained historically significant because he...

          A: Is the father of the Taoist belief system.

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