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Question: Choose the option that best describes you as a Hellenic Pagan:
Definitely Reconstructionist - 4 (14.8%)
Mostly Reconstructionist, but not 100% - 1 (3.7%)
Not quite Reconstructionist, but placing an emphasis on scholarship (history, mythology, etc.) - 16 (59.3%)
Not a lot of emphasis on scholarship, but use it when it's helpful - 5 (18.5%)
Primarily UPG-based - 1 (3.7%)
Not Hellenic at all - 0 (0%)
Other (please explain--what did I leave out?) - 0 (0%)
Total Voters: 25

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« Topic Start: July 09, 2008, 10:14:56 am »

This springs from a discussion on the backup board about how many Hellenic types we have around here anyway.  I was also curious about what sorts of Hellenic Pagans we have here; I know some of us lean more scholarly and recon, and others lean more away from that.  I don't know if I've worded the options quite right, but I was going for basically a 1-5 scale concerning how Recon you'd consider yourself.

(For reference, I'm in the 3-4 range; not full-on Recon, but some emphasis on scholarship and historical accuracy.  How much emphasis, I'm still working out.  I'm going to vote 3 for the moment.)
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« Reply #1: July 09, 2008, 10:20:34 am »

...but I was going for basically a 1-5 scale concerning how Recon you'd consider yourself.

I'm in the 2-3 range. I voted 3, but it's really closer to midway between 2 and 3.  I put A LOT of emphasis on scholarship, but I'm not interested in reconstructing the religion exactly as it was in ancient Athens. I don't live in Athens nor is my world that of classical times.
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« Reply #2: July 09, 2008, 10:26:07 am »

I'm in the 2-3 range. I voted 3, but it's really closer to midway between 2 and 3.  I put A LOT of emphasis on scholarship, but I'm not interested in reconstructing the religion exactly as it was in ancient Athens. I don't live in Athens nor is my world that of classical times.

Sorry, I should clarify my own choice.  I think the range you're referring to is what I was going for.  When I said 3-4 I was thinking 1=not recon at all and 5=completely recon, which...  makes no sense, because it's backwards from the way the poll is arranged.  Grin  Sorry about that.
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« Reply #3: July 09, 2008, 12:26:17 pm »

This springs from a discussion on the backup board about how many Hellenic types we have around here anyway.  I was also curious about what sorts of Hellenic Pagans we have here; I know some of us lean more scholarly and recon, and others lean more away from that.  I don't know if I've worded the options quite right, but I was going for basically a 1-5 scale concerning how Recon you'd consider yourself
I would have to place myself a little higher on the scale than my middle-of-the-road choice would show.
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« Reply #4: July 09, 2008, 01:15:02 pm »


I voted for Option Three: Not quite Reconstructionist, but placing an emphasis on scholarship.
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« Reply #5: July 09, 2008, 01:19:30 pm »


I voted not a lot of scholarship, but I use it when it's helpful.

But wait!  Aren't I not Hellenic at all?

Well, yes and no.  Personally I lean Hellenic.  FlameKeeping is not specifically Hellenic, though there's certainly room for overlap - but I do look through the histories and the myths for ways to understand the universe and the Divine that help.

So I'm interested and I use it when I can find it, but it's not my primary focus.
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« Reply #6: August 11, 2008, 12:32:24 am »

I was also curious about what sorts of Hellenic Pagans we have here; I know some of us lean more scholarly and recon, and others lean more away from that.

I chose "Not a lot of emphasis on scholarship, but use it when it's helpful," with heavy shading towards the "not quite recon."  I used to think I was a stronger recon, but I've realized thats just not so.
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« Reply #7: August 11, 2008, 08:26:02 am »

I voted definitely Recon, but I need a caveat here. I'm non-practicing. Call me a lazy Recon, I guess.
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« Reply #8: August 11, 2008, 10:28:44 am »

This springs from a discussion on the backup board about how many Hellenic types we have around here anyway.

I found it a little difficult to chose, simply because what constitutes "reconstructionist" is not really defined. (Ok, that quibble alone should qualify me...)

In the end I went with the self-identity definition rule: I consider myself recon, therefore I is one  Cheesy
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« Reply #9: August 11, 2008, 11:12:49 am »

I found it a little difficult to chose, simply because what constitutes "reconstructionist" is not really defined. (Ok, that quibble alone should qualify me...)

In the end I went with the self-identity definition rule: I consider myself recon, therefore I is one  Cheesy

*nods*  I meant to ask how people identify themselves, not necessarily what they "are" in reference to any external definition.  Sorry about the lack of clarity.
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