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Author Topic: Ancient gods in a modern world?  (Read 26065 times)
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« Reply #6: February 13, 2009, 12:53:55 pm »

This, exactly.  Mine is a living, breathing system that deals with living, breathing entities, not necrophilia.  I love and value the history, but I won't be limited by it:  our culture has changed so radically since ancient Greece that any attempt at historical accuracy is ALWAYS going to be arbitrary and partial.  And there's absolutely nothing wrong with arbitrary and partial, as long as it's acknowledged as such.

Most sane Reconstructionists and Recon-inflected types already do operate in this space, to greater or lesser degrees, and focus upon the spirit of the thing, rather than the letter; unfortunately, the "letter of the law" types are, like all crazies, a lot louder than the sane ones.

Reading this over, I realized that my particular beliefs and interactions have a real influence on my attitude:  I'm a follower of Hermes, god of change and movement.  He's a trickster-ish sort, and, similar to your and Sunflower's experiences with one like that, I've had the distinct impression that he does not want conventional, historically accurate reverence from me.  I ordered a statue that never came (looking back, it was kind of ugly), my door herm got knocked over, and the like.  About the only historically-accurate bit of worship that goes over really well, IME, is the "pilgrimage" I made to his birthplace, and frankincense.  But in all other ways, he seems to want me to get creative, and not be too po-faced about the whole thing.  Thinking about his nature, I'm really not surprised:  if any god is going to say, "Dude, we're NOT in classical Athens anymore," it's him.  Cheesy   Too, I wonder if this is a general god thing, or if it's especially pronounced in him -- the Internet is something that is so perfectly him that I'm not surprised at how keen he seems on the modern world.  Other gods may have differing views.   

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