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« Reply #14: March 12, 2011, 09:42:56 pm »

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?

Oh, so true. This is something that confuses me sometimes/might confuse a lot of people, for whatever reason/reasons. The word "polytheism" implies simply worshiping several Gods/a set of Gods..."reconstructionism" or "Hellenic Paganism" or other "titles" like that imply a set of practices/beliefs/education that go a bit beyond the simplicity "polytheism," as a term, offers. I think sometimes (for me, at least) a person might mistake one for the other...or feel like if you are a polytheist of some set of Gods, you might also have to be or already are "a part of the religious context those Gods come from"...I think also, people often assume that if you are a polytheist of whatever-set-of-Gods, you also follow, at least to a small extent (maybe just "how you offer" or "what you offer", etc.), the religions/practices of the cultures those Gods come from...and that isn't always the case. I know I've forgotten this on occasion.

Recently I've been feeling like I can understand the difference better...though it's still sometimes hard for me to separate simply "belief in many" from "offering/practicing/experiencing those many in some of the ways they were first, and still are, experienced." Maybe I'm just the sort of person who needs a base other than myself to work off of...but some people certainly do not, and are just as comfortable believing, and then practicing however feels best. But that's why more historical/recon religions work for some people, and not for others. And there is so much in-between.


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