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Author Topic: Deities from different pantheons?  (Read 9443 times)
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« Reply #27: April 04, 2010, 07:38:12 pm »

I am suspicious of absolutist versions of mythology which take the relatively recent concept of the chaste female as some sort of norm.

You're contradicting yourself.  This all started when you said, "Diana is a beautiful goddess and was sorely maligned by the Greeks who said she was chaste."  Which seems to suggest that the concept of the chaste female, at least as relates to goddesses, is not "relatively recent".  Which is it?  And can you please cite your source for the idea that the concept of the chaste goddess is relatively recent?

Homer, in his hymn to Aphrodite (#5), not only cites Artemis as chaste, but also Athena and Hestia.  That's a funny definition of "relatively recent".  He also says that other than those three, there's no one who can escape Aphrodite's influence, not even Zeus himself, so obviously it's not "some sort of norm".  I don't think anyone was arguing that chastity was the norm, just that it did sometimes put in an appearance.

        And as far as "Hellenic" pagans, that religion owes more to the un-scholarly musings of Gerald Gardner , Margaret Murray, Margot Adler, and Miriam Simos than to any real writings of actual pagans from antiquity.

While you're citing sources, I'd love to know where you found this information.  You seem to be suffering under a number of misapprehensions.  Other people have addressed the "uh, not so much with Recons" end of it, but I'll also point out that there's not really a unified "Hellenic pagan" religion.  There's a rather broad range of things that falls under "Hellenic"; the word only really indicates that Greece is involved in some way, shape, or form, and doesn't specify how.  I'm sure that some Hellenic pagans fit the description you're giving here, but "some" is not nearly "all".

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