One night me and my wife were watching a classical ju jutsu demonstration and my wife turns to me and says.
"This is like LARPing."
If you don't know what LARPing is, it's Live Action Role Playing. Basically people dress up like fantasy characters or even historical figures and beat each other with foam weapons. Think orcs and elves as well as knights and vikings.
My knee jerk reaction was just to say "it's tradition and respect for a cultural heritage." Though both practitioners were caucasion and not in asia.
It made me start thinking about the lines between things like tradition and respect versus things like infatuation and fetish.
Where do you think the line is? When does respecting tradition or culture become fantasy or fetish type behavior?