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« Topic Start: May 01, 2010, 06:01:34 am »

Happy Beltane by the way!

Anyway, I always assumed that no one worships (is that the right word to use?) the Greek or Roman gods any more. I don't know why, but I hear much more about the veneration of the Triple Goddess, Cernnunos and the Green Man than I do of, say, Venus, Apollo or Bacchus. But why is this? Why is that these gods, once so popular in Greece and Rome, have suddenly fallen in numbers of worshippers? The Greeks especially had deities for everything, from a god of silence to a god of dreams.

Although I always got the impression that the Celtic gods from Britain, France and Germany were "older" than the Greek/Roman ones, probably because they seem more primeval and ancient as opposed to sensual and mysterious.
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« Reply #1: May 01, 2010, 06:11:55 am »

Anyway, I always assumed that no one worships (is that the right word to use?) the Greek or Roman gods any more.

You assume incorrectly.  As for whether that's the right word to use, I find it to be, although not everyone who honors the same gods I do might agree with me.  I don't have a good explanation for why we seem to be fewer--I started to say "well, because Wicca and things like it are more popular", but that's not an explanation, it's just saying the same thing you said in different words.  But we're here.
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« Reply #2: May 01, 2010, 06:20:04 am »

Happy Beltane by the way!

Anyway, I always assumed that no one worships (is that the right word to use?) the Greek or Roman gods any more. I don't know why, but I hear much more about the veneration of the Triple Goddess, Cernnunos and the Green Man than I do of, say, Venus, Apollo or Bacchus. But why is this? Why is that these gods, once so popular in Greece and Rome, have suddenly fallen in numbers of worshippers? The Greeks especially had deities for everything, from a god of silence to a god of dreams.

Although I always got the impression that the Celtic gods from Britain, France and Germany were "older" than the Greek/Roman ones, probably because they seem more primeval and ancient as opposed to sensual and mysterious.

I suspect it has to do with what's sexy right now.  At the moment, that's the Celtic stuff, so that's the stuff you see everywhere.  Which doesn't make the serious believers any less serious, but does put a lot of "ooooh, Celtic" stuff out there to sift through.

It's been the Greek/Roman gods in the past, as well as Egyptian, Eastern .. the fads change.  The believers don't.
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« Reply #3: May 01, 2010, 06:20:50 am »

Happy Beltane by the way!

Anyway, I always assumed that no one worships (is that the right word to use?) the Greek or Roman gods any more..

Happy Beltaine! Sorry, but you are incorrect-my Patron Deity is Hades...... As far as I am aware, He is still Greek.
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« Reply #4: May 01, 2010, 06:23:16 am »

As far as I am aware, He is still Greek.

Lol. Makes it sound like he could apply for a change of citizenship. Hmmmmm...
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« Reply #5: May 01, 2010, 06:39:50 am »

Happy Beltaine! Sorry, but you are incorrect-my Patron Deity is Hades...... As far as I am aware, He is still Greek.
Really? You see I find that quite unusual and interesting that someone such as yourself would choose such a god as Hades as their patron god. There's nothing wrong with that! I don't want people to think I'm saying "The Greek gods are dead and the Celtic gods are too popular." Embarrassed
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« Reply #6: May 01, 2010, 06:57:55 am »

Anyway, I always assumed that no one worships (is that the right word to use?) the Greek or Roman gods any more. I don't know why, but I hear much more about the veneration of the Triple Goddess, Cernnunos and the Green Man than I do of, say, Venus, Apollo or Bacchus. But why is this?

There are still worshipers of many deities that you don't find books in the Pagan/Occult section of the bookstore. There are many several reaons. One is that most of the people buying books from there aren't followers of these gods. There are plenty of books of Greek, Roman, Northern European, and Egyptian Gods and Religion -- they are just found in the history, literature, archaeology, etc. parts of the bookstore or library. After all, actual religious texts from theses cultures are available and quite a bit of academic research has been done (and published) on their beliefs and practices.
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« Reply #7: May 01, 2010, 07:25:19 am »

Really? You see I find that quite unusual and interesting that someone such as yourself would choose such a god as Hades as their patron god.

There's no offence taken here, but please explain what you mean by it?
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« Reply #8: May 01, 2010, 08:14:33 am »

There's no offence taken here, but please explain what you mean by it?
Well Hades is the god of the Underworld and I just find it interesting how people take a liking to different gods. A few years ago I would've thought, "Why on earth would anyone honour the evil guy from Hercules?", but now I'm more accepting of religions and the idea of multiple gods I find it really fascinating. If you don't mind me asking, what drew you to Hades in particular?
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« Reply #9: May 01, 2010, 08:25:32 am »

Well Hades is the god of the Underworld and I just find it interesting how people take a liking to different gods. A few years ago I would've thought, "Why on earth would anyone honour the evil guy from Hercules?", but now I'm more accepting of religions and the idea of multiple gods I find it really fascinating. If you don't mind me asking, what drew you to Hades in particular?

I would like to point out that in the original myths, Hades isn't evil.  In fact compared to Zeus, Hera, Ares, Apollo, Aphrodite, etc., he was the GOOD one.

And please do not mention that horrible Disney movie in my presense....EVER!
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« Reply #10: May 01, 2010, 09:39:54 am »

But why is this? Why is that these gods, once so popular in Greece and Rome, have suddenly fallen in numbers of worshippers?

Because Celtic-centric Wicca has skyrocketed in popularity over the past couple of decades. You don't hear about Hellenismos or Kemeticism on TV these days; it's usually Wicca, which they usually call Paganism. I know of people who call themselves druids and shamans but actually practice Wicca.

This doesn't mean that numbers of worshipers of Greek and Roman deities have fallen, but merely that numbers of worshipers of Celtic deities have risen.
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« Reply #11: May 01, 2010, 01:12:06 pm »

I would like to point out that in the original myths, Hades isn't evil.  In fact compared to Zeus, Hera, Ares, Apollo, Aphrodite, etc., he was the GOOD one.

He's got a long, hard job to do and he keeps on doing it despite the fact that nobody gives Him any thanks or any credit.  Sigh.  Mortals.  What can you do?

(My sister is one of His.  So I paraphrase her.)
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« Reply #12: May 01, 2010, 02:22:10 pm »

Happy Beltane by the way!

Anyway, I always assumed that no one worships (is that the right word to use?) the Greek or Roman gods any more. I don't know why, but I hear much more about the veneration of the Triple Goddess, Cernnunos and the Green Man than I do of, say, Venus, Apollo or Bacchus. But why is this? Why is that these gods, once so popular in Greece and Rome, have suddenly fallen in numbers of worshippers? The Greeks especially had deities for everything, from a god of silence to a god of dreams.

Although I always got the impression that the Celtic gods from Britain, France and Germany were "older" than the Greek/Roman ones, probably because they seem more primeval and ancient as opposed to sensual and mysterious.
Does anyone else suspect the lack of "popularity" is partly due to a lot of the feminist goddess focused pagans of the early neo-pagan movement (and possibly still today) looking at the Greek, and especially Roman, cultures as "bastions of the patriarchy"? 

I think I may have had an unconscious bias along those lines myself.

It was the Greek gods who first captured my imagination as a young Christian girl and made me wish hard polytheism was an option.  Still, it wasn't until after many many years of being a pagan and working with various Celtic, Norse and neopagan deities - with varying degrees of success - that it finally hit me where I'd always belonged.  Being exposed to the large number of Hellenic pagans here on TC certainly laid some of that groundwork too.  Not to appear too impressionable...
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« Reply #13: May 01, 2010, 04:22:54 pm »

Does anyone else suspect the lack of "popularity" is partly due to a lot of the feminist goddess focused pagans of the early neo-pagan movement (and possibly still today) looking at the Greek, and especially Roman, cultures as "bastions of the patriarchy"? 

I don't know for sure, but Greek and Roman deities seemed more popular in the US (even if worshiped in a generic Pagan manner) before Feminist Wicca burst onto the scene in a big way.
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« Reply #14: May 01, 2010, 11:10:27 pm »

Well Hades is the god of the Underworld and I just find it interesting how people take a liking to different gods. A few years ago I would've thought, "Why on earth would anyone honour the evil guy from Hercules?", but now I'm more accepting of religions and the idea of multiple gods I find it really fascinating. If you don't mind me asking, what drew you to Hades in particular?

Please don't forget that Hades is the God of all that is from under the ground, not just of the Underworld. One of the many. many reasons that I worship Hades is because I am a Crystal Witch. Crystals technically belong to Him.

He is a gentle, kind and loving Deity who, thanks to popular cultural misconceptions, is greatly misrepresented and very much misunderstood. Why should he go around arranging to kill everyone when everyone is going to Him eventually anyway?
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