If you could please answer the following questions, I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks in advance.
1. What religion do you identify with? (Christianity (if so, which branch?), Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Paganism (if so, which faith?), etc...)
2. How long have you been involved with your religion?
3. Did you convert to another religion since you began to dress in Lolita (or another alternative fashion)? (If so, what was your original religion?)
4. On a scale of 1 to 5, how strong would you say your faith is, and why?
5. (Bonus) What is your opinion on the use of religious motifs (ex. crosses) used in Lolita? This can be in general, or when in use by someone who does not belong to the faith that is represented by the symbol.
The idea for this post actually came about because of the fact that I've seen a lot of religously-themed prints lately, at first. It mainly made me wonder about the Bonus question. I got around to thinking about it a bit more, and a few things came to mind that I had noticed in my personal life:
1. My friends who dress in alternative fashions tend to be a little more "alternative" with their religions (ex. people I know who dress in goth or punk are more likely to be agnostic, Pagan, or Buddhist) rather than belonging to the predominantly Christian faith in our area.
2. Those who dressed more "mainstream" were often very tied in with their beliefs, most often with Christianity.
and finally, 3. A friend of mine converted from Christianity to Paganism after she began to dress in alternative clothing. Her explaination was that she had opened her mind to things other than what had been dictated to her before as "mainstream" that she had to stick to. Clothing was the first step, and this opened her mind to think about "alternatives" in other aspects of her life, as well.