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Author Topic: Hellenic Polytheism  (Read 10044 times)
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« Reply #13: March 12, 2011, 07:31:29 am »

Many do, and find it enhances their spiritual practice, but I wouldn't say it's a requirement.

(Not replying to you here so much as your post is a convenient place to hang my own reply.)

I'd also point out that there are no "requirements" as such, nothing you're "supposed to" do.  That would seem to imply some central authority determining what constitutes Hellenic polytheism, and...  There's kind of not one.  There are organizations like Hellenion that will have their own definitions and suggestions, but they don't have any control over Hellenic polytheism at large.  People may have their own ideas about how best to approach it, but again, that doesn't mean that if you do something different you're doing it wrong.

Which is partly because "Hellenic polytheism" isn't *a* religion, to being with.  It's a kind of vague way of referring to a religious approach that focuses on the Greek pantheon.  That could really mean a lot of things.  I think the thread has been trending in the direction of a path with historical basis, but I'm not sure that "Hellenic polytheism" necessarily has to mean that.  Polytheism is just a belief in many gods, you know?

(As far as the forums, I was rather fond of Hellenistai too.  I unfortunately don't have the time and energy to keep up with both it and TC these days, though, and TC wins because it's my home and I have responsibilities here.)
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