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« Topic Start: May 29, 2007, 04:44:23 pm »

For those of you who have had contact with gods in some way: Did your gods come from a pantheon you were already familiar with, or did they come from a completely unexpected direction?

I am much more familiar with the Greek pantheon than any other. Part of this may be that exposure to Greek myth in school might have been more common than exposure to the mythology of another culture. Yet I have always been interested in Greek religion, even before I identified as pagan, from a historical perspective. It’s possible that I just happened to retain the Greek stuff, but I don’t remember learning too much about myth from other cultures.

I’m wondering if my perceived nudges from gods appear to be from the Greek direction because it is the pantheon I am most familiar with, or if I became familiar with Greek religion over the past several years as a result of unrecognized nudges.   

Did your exposure to a particular pantheon from an early age push you in the direction of the gods you work with, or did you come across a less familiar pantheon as a result of later contact from a certain god?

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« Reply #1: May 29, 2007, 05:01:37 pm »

For those of you who have had contact with gods in some way: Did your gods come from a pantheon you were already familiar with, or did they come from a completely unexpected direction?

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Did your exposure to a particular pantheon from an early age push you in the direction of the gods you work with, or did you come across a less familiar pantheon as a result of later contact from a certain god?

I have always been interested in mythology, actually. I'd look at all the mythology books I could find. Yeah, they were probably watered down and rather crude compared to "the truth", but I loved them. I'd read the bible too. To me.. I suppose it was just the same.

So.. I guess when I finally did get interested in religion outside of Wicca, I already had some pretty basic knowledge on it, although not alot on Dionysos. So I went looking.
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« Reply #2: May 29, 2007, 05:08:11 pm »

Did your exposure to a particular pantheon from an early age push you in the direction of the gods you work with, or did you come across a less familiar pantheon as a result of later contact from a certain god?

I have always been interested in mythology, so most pantheons I was at least a little bit familiar with prior to becoming pagan. When I was little I was a HUGE nerd for Greek myth especially... but the Greeks are one pantheon I've never worked with.

It's not surprising I wound up dedicated to a Celtic goddess, I don't think, because I am of drunken Irish descent. What was a tad surprising was the Egyptian pantheon knocking me over the head. Up until a few years ago aside from learning how to hook the brains out of mummies I never had any real interest in anything Egyptian at all.

So, yeah, I wound up working with a pantheon as a result of one deity pecking me in the skull, and a pantheon I never would have picked on my own to boot.

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« Reply #3: May 29, 2007, 05:31:40 pm »

For those of you who have had contact with gods in some way: Did your gods come from a pantheon you were already familiar with, or did they come from a completely unexpected direction?

Familiar:  Greek. 

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I don't think so, no.  The Greek pantheon is most familiar to me because that's what they teach in schools, with not so much focus on any other pantheon (except maybe Roman, which in school got conflated with Greek a lot), but it didn't hold any real religious interest for me until I got thwapped by Apollo.
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« Reply #4: May 29, 2007, 07:26:46 pm »

For those of you who have had contact with gods in some way: Did your gods come from a pantheon you were already familiar with, or did they come from a completely unexpected direction?

Most come from the Greek pantheon, which was familiar to me.

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I’m wondering if my perceived nudges from gods appear to be from the Greek direction because it is the pantheon I am most familiar with, or if I became familiar with Greek religion over the past several years as a result of unrecognized nudges.   


I've wondered the same, but I haven't figured out if this was definitely  the reason.  It's certainly a possibility.  It must have been the first pantheon and (watered-down) myths I learned about as a child.  Later on as a pagan I was pretty much ignoring that pantheon for some reason for many years, perhaps because they seemed neither local nor ancestral, but when I started getting various hints here and there from that direction I eventually began to take more notice. 

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« Reply #5: May 29, 2007, 09:29:50 pm »

For those of you who have had contact with gods in some way: Did your gods come from a pantheon you were already familiar with, or did they come from a completely unexpected direction?

I am much more familiar with the Greek pantheon than any other. Part of this may be that exposure to Greek myth in school might have been more common than exposure to the mythology of another culture. Yet I have always been interested in Greek religion, even before I identified as pagan, from a historical perspective. It’s possible that I just happened to retain the Greek stuff, but I don’t remember learning too much about myth from other cultures.

I’m wondering if my perceived nudges from gods appear to be from the Greek direction because it is the pantheon I am most familiar with, or if I became familiar with Greek religion over the past several years as a result of unrecognized nudges.   

Did your exposure to a particular pantheon from an early age push you in the direction of the gods you work with, or did you come across a less familiar pantheon as a result of later contact from a certain god?


I'm another mythology geek, so most pantheons were at least passingly familiar to me.  I've been working solely with Brighid of late, though I've recently developed a nagging interest in Lugh as well - but that hasn't developed into anything at the moment.  To be honest, in spite my Irish (and English) ancestry and love of Irish art, literature, and music, the Celts were honestly the last pantheons I'd expected to find myself being drawn to (since my mythological interests were mostly Norse, Greek and Sumerian), but that looks like the way I'm headed. 

Though, I've also developed a similar "nagging interest" in Athena.  So go figure.
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« Reply #6: May 30, 2007, 12:13:51 am »


I don't think so, no.  The Greek pantheon is most familiar to me because that's what they teach in schools, with not so much focus on any other pantheon (except maybe Roman, which in school got conflated with Greek a lot), but it didn't hold any real religious interest for me until I got thwapped by Apollo.

Until very recently, the Greek pantheon held no interest for me, either, mainly because I approached it as an outsider--that these were someone else's gods that I studied from the outside.


I have always been interested in mythology, so most pantheons I was at least a little bit familiar with prior to becoming pagan. When I was little I was a HUGE nerd for Greek myth especially... but the Greeks are one pantheon I've never worked with.

It's not surprising I wound up dedicated to a Celtic goddess, I don't think, because I am of drunken Irish descent. What was a tad surprising was the Egyptian pantheon knocking me over the head. Up until a few years ago aside from learning how to hook the brains out of mummies I never had any real interest in anything Egyptian at all.

So, yeah, I wound up working with a pantheon as a result of one deity pecking me in the skull, and a pantheon I never would have picked on my own to boot.


Maybe I should try and research other pantheons, then. I haven't been thwapped yet, and I'm wondering if I'm getting the nudges wrong because I'm limiting myself. I didn't even discover the Celtic pantheon until I read fiction that involved it. That's a bad way to get into something, even if the books are well researched. Other cultures have scared me away with big words. I should really get some books; big words in books are more manageable than they are on a computer screen.


I've wondered the same, but I haven't figured out if this was definitely  the reason.  It's certainly a possibility.  It must have been the first pantheon and (watered-down) myths I learned about as a child.  Later on as a pagan I was pretty much ignoring that pantheon for some reason for many years, perhaps because they seemed neither local nor ancestral, but when I started getting various hints here and there from that direction I eventually began to take more notice. 


Local (I guess that would mean Native American, in my case) gods would be interesting to explore, but as I'm not Native American myself (my ancestry is all over the place), it's something I've shied away from. 

What sort of hints did you get?


Though, I've also developed a similar "nagging interest" in Athena.  So go figure.

If there's a deity that's nagging me right now, it very well may be Athena. I'm just not sure yet if it's her, or if I'm projecting that because she has qualities I admire. Guess I'll just have to pay more attention to things and see. In the meantime, I'm rereading the Iliad.
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« Reply #7: May 30, 2007, 01:00:59 am »

I didn't even discover the Celtic pantheon until I read fiction that involved it. That's a bad way to get into something, even if the books are well researched. 

I'd have to say the same, lol. I had never had much interest in the Celtic (or Celtic-influenced) pantheon. Um. Hard to explain. Either way, I got my interest into Celtic myths via the Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton. Technically, the Tuatha de.. Something. Gah.

I'm sorry. ^^;
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« Reply #8: May 30, 2007, 07:29:20 am »

What sort of hints did you get?

Quite a few which were varied in nature.  A couple of figures from Greek mythology turning up during meditations unexpectedly (I recall that Ariadne was one of them).  I was trying to write a novel over several years and one character became progressively more like Apollo over time (I wasn't deliberately trying to achieve that similarity).  I'd persevered with the book mainly because I grew so fond of that character I wouldn't drop it!  Also, I had spent some time focusing on Brighid although she'd seemed to have disappeared for a while.  When I made an effort to get back in contact during meditation, and asked her if she was a patron, she sent me in the direction of Artemis instead.
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« Reply #9: May 30, 2007, 09:57:17 am »

Familiar:  Greek. 

I don't think so, no.  The Greek pantheon is most familiar to me because that's what they teach in schools, with not so much focus on any other pantheon (except maybe Roman, which in school got conflated with Greek a lot),

Yeah, same here. I realized some time back that I actually know like, nada about the Romans. The first mythology that was taught to me in school was Greek and Roman, and then a few years later some Arthurian, and a dab of Anglo-Saxon and Norse...though my first exposure to mythology was Welsh. After I first read Susan Cooper's Dark Is Rising books, (although she uses some Arthurian myth with plenty of liberties taken), I decided that Welsh mythology was fascinatng and read what I could find on that...which there isn't a lot available for third-graders.

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For those of you who have had contact with gods in some way: Did your gods come from a pantheon you were already familiar with, or did they come from a completely unexpected direction?

As stated above, already familiar, but it all fell out after a period of time where I was checking out various pantheons and practices, including Aztec, Finnish and Polynesian

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I am much more familiar with the Greek pantheon than any other. Part of this may be that exposure to Greek myth in school might have been more common than exposure to the mythology of another culture. Yet I have always been interested in Greek religion, even before I identified as pagan, from a historical perspective. It’s possible that I just happened to retain the Greek stuff, but I don’t remember learning too much about myth from other cultures.

See...one of the great thigns about being a Hellenic Polytheist is that there is sooooooo much original source material available. And if you go to a bookstore or the library and ask for a copy of the Iliad or the Homeric Hymns, even in the most conservative little town, no one is going to bat an eyelash, and if you're in school and still living with parents, they'll just think it's school work...lol...pagan reading material a la Poe's purloined letter...

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I’m wondering if my perceived nudges from gods appear to be from the Greek direction because it is the pantheon I am most familiar with, or if I became familiar with Greek religion over the past several years as a result of unrecognized nudges.   

I think that's a mystery we'll never solve...

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I found Greek mythology to be very interesting but in 7th grade I was still trying to be Christian and the thought that these gods were ever real was kinda hazy, and even if they were, I didn't think they actually existed anymore, but later on...oh, they exist alright. Though, I couldn't exactly pinpoint when or where I first actually realized this anymore.
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Quick note, Fiamma...  Could you quote/reply to each poster separately, please, so that we get the link-back to each post you're replying to rather than just one?  Smiley  Thanks!
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« Reply #11: May 30, 2007, 10:22:23 am »

For those of you who have had contact with gods in some way: Did your gods come from a pantheon you were already familiar with, or did they come from a completely unexpected direction?

I am much more familiar with the Greek pantheon than any other. Part of this may be that exposure to Greek myth in school might have been more common than exposure to the mythology of another culture. Yet I have always been interested in Greek religion, even before I identified as pagan, from a historical perspective. It’s possible that I just happened to retain the Greek stuff, but I don’t remember learning too much about myth from other cultures.

I’m wondering if my perceived nudges from gods appear to be from the Greek direction because it is the pantheon I am most familiar with, or if I became familiar with Greek religion over the past several years as a result of unrecognized nudges.   

Did your exposure to a particular pantheon from an early age push you in the direction of the gods you work with, or did you come across a less familiar pantheon as a result of later contact from a certain god?



Well, one did.  I loved Norse and Greek Mythology as a kid.  So my norse patron was kinda familiar.  I say kinda cause the library only had one book on Norse Mythology.

My second patron is Celtic and I had absolutely no clue about her or Celtic Myths.  She just popped up and said "Here I am!"

Truthfully, I think my familiarity with Greek myths might be the reason I've never been interested in trying to work with them.  But it could be I just haven't been drawn that way yet too. Never know.
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« Reply #12: May 30, 2007, 10:36:19 am »

For those of you who have had contact with gods in some way: Did your gods come from a pantheon you were already familiar with, or did they come from a completely unexpected direction?

When I first chose to work with individual deities I chose from the pantheon I was familiar with.  When a deity chose me She did it from a pantheon I had no knowledge of.  I even tried to avoid it since I felt that particular culture was trendy and perhaps I was just falling in with that, but She wouldn't let me go.  I've felt nudges from Goddesses in other pantheons I know nothing of over the past few years.  So I don't feel They necessarily only come through the lens of a pantheon you know well. 
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For those of you who have had contact with gods in some way: Did your gods come from a pantheon you were already familiar with, or did they come from a completely unexpected direction?

I am much more familiar with the Greek pantheon than any other. Part of this may be that exposure to Greek myth in school might have been more common than exposure to the mythology of another culture. Yet I have always been interested in Greek religion, even before I identified as pagan, from a historical perspective. It’s possible that I just happened to retain the Greek stuff, but I don’t remember learning too much about myth from other cultures.

I’m wondering if my perceived nudges from gods appear to be from the Greek direction because it is the pantheon I am most familiar with, or if I became familiar with Greek religion over the past several years as a result of unrecognized nudges.   

Did your exposure to a particular pantheon from an early age push you in the direction of the gods you work with, or did you come across a less familiar pantheon as a result of later contact from a certain god?

I work with a handful of Irish Celtic deities on a regular basis, and I'm testing the waters, so to speak, with a Kemetic deity. Neither are all that surprising; I loved Celtic and Kemetic history when I was a child.
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For those of you who have had contact with gods in some way: Did your gods come from a pantheon you were already familiar with, or did they come from a completely unexpected direction?

Ummmm.  Actually, I think it was Brighid who caused me to do all that research into Celtic mythology so I would finally figure out who she was.   Wink

Before that I had been interested in Summerian, Greek, Egyptian, and Hindu (a little) mythologies.  But that nudge kept pushing back to Celtic, and it all finally clicked.

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