Hellenic paganism, or more correctly Hellênismos (Hellenic polytheism), is the worship of the pre-Galilean deities of the Aegean and Mediterranean by people identifying closely with the ethnic spirituality of Hellenic speakers found in the geographic region and surrounding areas. The worship of such Gods include the core pantheon often referred to as the dôdekatheoi (The Twelve Gods) who are the focus of devotion such as Zeus, Athena, Apollon, Artemis, Aphrodite, Hera, Hestia, Dionysos, Hephaistos, Poseidon, Hermes, Demeter, etc. Deities can be worshipped according to the orientation of a worshippers beliefs and/or needs - one does not have to believe in all the Gods. However, Gods such as Mithras, Isis, and others of later antiquity are not normally considered part of the Hellenic pantheon even though they were highly "Hellenized" after the eastern conquests of Alexander the Great. Hellenic temples are the homes in which the Gods visit but are not like churches as congregations are held at the outside front altar not inside. Most Hellenic polytheists utilise shrines and altars as temples are costly to construct. The trend in modern Hellênismos is towards unifying disparate groups under a common clerical structure and a sharing of resources to an authentic reconstructive set of practices. Hellenic polytheists have almost always felt isolated from the current pagan revival and for good reason. For the most part Hellenic polytheists are neither wiccans, witches, ceremonial magicians or new age spiritualists rather people seeking wisdom and enlightenment in the historical recreation of a path in which we have one of the largest corpus of archaeological and textual evidence for any theological system.
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dedicated to serving as a general resource for votaries of the God Dionysos and His Mysteries, and as a specific resource for the thriving Pacific Northwest Dionysiac community and for the Alexandrine Temple of the Hermetic Fellowship, located in Portland, Oregon, USA.
Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns and Homerica
On-line library of translated texts - Hesiod and Homer.
A collection of essays defending Hellenic polytheism and Paganism in general. Also includes some other religious essays.
The Shrine of the Goddess Athena
Dedicated to the Goddess Athena.
The Stele, Homepage of the Omphalos
The Omphalos is a networking organization for Graeco-Roman Polytheists. The Stele contains many resources for followers of Greek or Roman traditions.
Information on the Hellenic idea of the Underworld, as well as mythology on Persephone, Hades, and other prominent deities associated with the Underworld.