Has anyone else noticed that the main population of people practicing ancient eastern "medicine" is compiled of middle aged white women?
Yep, mostly. It's the same where I live. Also they are mostly in the 'teaching' or leading positions now. Most of them are my peers.
My mother told me that my eldest aunt asked why I don't go to reiki meetings when I was depressed years ago. Apparently she had just said something "She is not interested in that stuff" and as she is a tactful, nice old woman didn't make any offensive statement, but it dawned on me eventually that we don't make close with certain relatives, esp. in the last decade or so.
The thing with this bullshit is that it varies in a predictable way according to certain classes. Everything that sort happening in the US or Europe gets imported to here in light speed and places pop up.
When you look at these places the people are attending or hosting are mostly women with no jobs or retired ones from a certain socio economical class. They are mostly educated and well off.
I also know people -again they are women at least the ones I know- interested in 'spells' -seriously- and there is an obvious but interesting connection between who is interested in what part of magical bullshit and how.
Well there area lot to say on this...but no time for now.