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« Reply #4: March 10, 2011, 03:54:07 pm »

I've grown quiet curious about this path and was wondering if anyone could tell me more about the religion itself, I'm aware they worship the 12 Olympian Gods, but I was merely wondering what their core beliefs were such as their ethics/virtues, the afterlife, what exactly are their practices and holidays since I'm aware that they do not celebrate the wheel of the year. Also I was wondering if anyone had any legit nonfluffy reference to study on (I'm aware theoi.com was a good help)


Basically, all the links posted so far are good. I'd recommend checking out some Hellenismos/Hellenism-specific forums, too, such as hellenismos.us and http://forum.hellenistai.com/index.php, just to see what people are talking about, get a sense of what people generally do/believe in. I'd also recommend reading the Odyssey and the Iliad if you haven't yet (I know a lot of people, in the U.S. at least, read them in school), as well as the Homeric and Orphic Hymns...there are a lot of online resources for these documents, and they are important mythological bases for Hellenic religion...I know whenever I do rituals/offerings I use the Homeric and Orphic Hymns. Also, theoi.com is a great resource for learning about all the Hellenic Gods and Goddesses...we generally worship the Olympians, as well as the various Underworld Deities (Hades, Persephone, Hekate, etc) and, depending on the tradition/person, many of the other minor Gods and the Titans.

Hellenic Polytheism varies from strict reconstructionism to eclectic followers who only use some aspects of it in their more personalized paths...it really varies by person. I consider myself a "Modern Hellenic Pagan," bordering on reconstructionism, which basically means I'm trying to bring back the old practices/beliefs, accurately and based on research, but in a way that fits my position as a person of modernity. The first thing to do if you think you might be interested in this religion is decide whether or not you feel a pull to the Hellenic Gods/a Hellenic God, then do some research and read up on the myths/general beliefs, and then try out different things, and see what fits/sticks with you. A lot of it is trial and error.

As for "core beliefs"/ethics and virtues, I tend to lean toward the Maxims of Delphi and the 8 Pillars of Greek Wisdom. You can find info on these things through books (check out Amazon.com, or http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Eight-Pillars-of-Greek-Wisdom/Stephen-Bertman/e/9780760788905) and online resources, such as http://duttond.topcities.com/Hellenotamiai/maxims.html. The calendar I use for festivals/holidays is an Athenian-based one used by http://www.hellenion.org/index.html.

It's true that, in general, Hellenic Polytheists, especially reconstructionists, do not celebrate The Wheel of the Year, but some of us do...I do mostly because I have a couple of Pagan friends who do, and it's really nice to have some holidays we can all celebrate together. I also find it enjoyable to recognize the seasons that way, as well.
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