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« Topic Start: March 05, 2011, 11:37:44 pm »

Does anyone incorporate foreign gods into their practice?

To paraphrase Walter Burkert, polytheism is an open system, and the traditions that define which cults are acceptable are called into question by every contact with foreigners. The Greek pantheon is not fixed and immutable, and the idea of an established pantheon comes more from epic art than it does religious tradition. Foreign infiltrations were checked for a time after Greek civilization began to grow from the middle of the seventh century BCE onwards, but in no period did they cease entirely (Greek Religion 1985, page 176).
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« Reply #1: March 06, 2011, 12:58:48 am »

Does anyone incorporate foreign gods into their practice?.

I do not yet. But I'm open to do so if the occasion should arise. Besides, the Greek gods are already foreign to me considering I'm not Greek xD
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« Reply #2: March 06, 2011, 06:34:45 am »

Does anyone incorporate foreign gods into their practice?

I don't, but I haven't actively excluded them either, I guess.  I've just never felt any call or any need to do so.  If it ain't broke, don't fix it, and all that.  Wink

If I were in a situation where I felt I might need to honor a foreign deity, what I'd do about it would probably depend on the deity in question.  If it were a deity from a pantheon with a history of syncretism with the Greek pantheon, I'd probably look into that.  If not, I'd be more likely to investigate what their native culture did to honor them than to try to force them into a Hellenic framework.
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« Reply #3: March 06, 2011, 08:04:38 am »

Does anyone incorporate foreign gods into their practice?

Not as a normal part of my practice. But I'm not adverse to honoring other deities when I'm with friends who do.
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« Reply #4: March 07, 2011, 12:09:44 pm »

Not as a normal part of my practice. But I'm not adverse to honoring other deities when I'm with friends who do.

This is pretty much how I feel too. I have a very close friend who is Kemetic, so I often honor the Egyptian Gods when I'm around her/she's doing ritual, etc. I once got a very strong feeling from her Patron, Anpu (Anubis), not really any sort of call to me specifically, more of a "I'm here and I'm protecting your friend" sort of feeling. I used to bring Him flowers when she and I lived in the same dorm building, sort of as a thank you for watching over her. Now we live separately, so I don't get to do that anymore, but I do honor Him and the other Egyptian Gods when I'm with her. Other than that, I stick to my own Pantheon normally. I haven't gotten any indications of other Pantheons/Deities looking to me/trying to communicate with me. I try to keep an open mind, though.
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« Reply #5: March 07, 2011, 08:20:02 pm »

If I were in a situation where I felt I might need to honor a foreign deity, what I'd do about it would probably depend on the deity in question.  If it were a deity from a pantheon with a history of syncretism with the Greek pantheon, I'd probably look into that.  If not, I'd be more likely to investigate what their native culture did to honor them than to try to force them into a Hellenic framework.

Very good answer  Wink

Myself, I honour Isis and Osiris on occasion, and although I am interested in Egyptian religion and find many of their gods appealing, I mostly focus on how they were worshiped in Isis's cult in the Greco-Roman world during the Hellenistic Period (though I honour her husband as Osiris rather than Serapis). I'm drawn to the universal nature of Isis as Mother of the Gods and the "Chief of Powers Divine", and I find Osiris and his mysteries more approachable (and less dreary) than Hades.
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