Found an interesting article on Cultural Appropriation that seems to apply to San Miguel but not sure how?  (Heavy sarcasm)


Cultural appropriation is the adoption of some specific elements of one culture by a different cultural group

A common sort of cultural appropriation is the adoption of the iconography of another culture. Obvious examples include tattoos of Hindu gods, Polynesian tribal iconography, Chinese characters, or Celtic bands worn by people who have no interest in, or understanding of, their original cultural significance. When these artifacts are regarded as objects that merely “look cool“, or when they are mass produced cheaply as consumer kitsch, people who venerate and wish to preserve their indigenous cultural traditions may be offended. In Australia, Aboriginal artists have discussed an ‘authenticity brand’ to ensure consumers are aware of artworks claiming false Aboriginal significance.[4][5] The movement for such a measure gained momentum after the 1999 conviction of John O’Loughlin for the fraudulent sale of works described as Aboriginal but painted by non-indigenous artists.[6]

point out that culturalculturalcultural objects are often transferred from less developed societies to more developed societies, as for example in the case of an American tourist who collects indigenous Peruvian status. Others stress the fact that the human race has a long history of exploiting societies which are viewed as lesser, and that exploitation often involves the removal and repurposing of culturalculturalcultural items.

For people who find culturalculturalcultural appropriationappropriationappropriation offensive, the sight of an African fertility statue being used as a paperweight or a tattoo in Chinese on a European can be rather jarring. Maybe people feel that when objects are taken out of context, much of their meaning is lost, and that culturalculturalcultural appropriationappropriationappropriation cheapens the culture which has been “robbed.” The issue can become especially complex when people start addressing things like transcultural adoption and former colonies.

Other people feel that adopting things from other cultures is not necessarily harmful, especially when it is done in a conscious, thoughtful way. These supporters point out that culturalculturalcultural exchange has often been very beneficial historically, and that sharing artifacts between cultures can lead to interesting conversations and greater mutual understanding.

Cultural appropriation is the theft of icons, rituals, aesthetic standards, and behavior from one culture or subculture by another, generally by a “modern” culture from a “primitive” culture. This theft often occurs without any real understanding of why the original culture took part in these activities or the meanings behind these activities, coverting religion and spirituality into “meaningless” pop-culture. Some people have suggested rituals such as kavadi and O-Kee-Pa suspensions are callous cultural appropriation.

As a note, this article is not an attack or insult towards those with these mods. Simply it is to illustrate that these are sensitive issues, and if you’re going to borrow or even just draw inspiration from another culture, you should educate yourself thoroughly to avoid stepping on toes.