Eleni Vamvakari (theophania) wrote in polygreeks,
Eleni Vamvakari
theophania
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Hellenic Polytheistic Sites And Commentary

Geia sas. . This is in response to the last post. I normally would have put this in a comment, but I think the group will benefit from having this list here at the top of the journal. Plus, it's really updated since the last time I posted it. In any case, I can't say that these are exactly philosophical, but they do relate to Hellenic Polytheism. If you really are into things from more of an intellectual, check out the Hellenic Philosophy Symposium and Hellenic-Recons. They're both on the list. The views on these sites Do NOT necessarily reflect my own or those of the entire Hellenic Polytheistic community. Also, this is meant for informational purposes only, not to proselytise.
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This is a list of sites relating to Hellenic Polytheism. It's always growing as I discover new things, so I'm sorry it's so long. I've starred the ones with information about the religion to make things easier.

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http://www.hellenion.org
This is a site with physical locations. It's our version of a church if you will. It also contains a theology class of sorts. (look under the Basic Adult Education course if you wish.) It has a faq and other info as well. I also believe it has myths, and I know it has modern hymns.

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http://www.geocities.com/athens/parthenon/6670/
This is a really neat site, full of info for today's Hellene. It also has pictures and songs from the album "Songs of Greek Antiquity" (lol, they're not in midi like the intro.)

http://www.istillworshipzeus.com
This site is apparently for a film made in Greece about Hellenes who live there. I've never seen it, and I'm assuming, from the little of the clips that I was able to view, that it's in English. I don't know. Try and enjoy. *I found out recently that alot of it is in Greek with subtitles, which is useless to me...* (Note, I think this site no longer works, but I'm leaving it here incase it comes back online.)

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http://www.numachi.com/~ccount/hmepa/
This is the site of the Hellenic Month Established Per Athens calendar, or HMEPA. Some of us follow it, and some of us don't. We're very eclectic.

http://www.oeaw.ac.at/kal/sh//
This is a site where the creators try to reconstruct Homeric singing in it's original form. There is also a link for ancient Greek pronunciation... All those pitches! No wonder I was afraid to take the course! Instead, I take Modern Greek at

http://www.kypros.org/LearnGreek/course/category.php?id=1
This site offers free courses in both ancient and Modern Greek. I'm taking the latter, and although the audio is fine, the text has many errors. So if you're serious about learning the language, get Greek by Radio at
http://www.zavallis.com/language.html
Don't buy the other books as they're useless for beginners (and anyone who doesn't know Greek because they contain no English).

http://www.winterscapes.com/neokoroi/shrines.htmm
This is a directory of online Hellenic shrines. I believe myths can also be found here.

When I started out, the first book I picked up was "Old Stones New Temples: Ancient Greek Paganism Reborn" by Drew Campbell, which was a book by a Hellene for Hellenes. It's out of print right now, and alot has changed since it was written, but if you're really interested, it might be worth hunting it down. More recently, another such book came out by someone whom I know is an excellent scholar. It can be found here.
http://www.winterscapes.com/kharis/
The site also contains Hellenic items for purchase, including a calendar with Modern and Hellenic dates on it.

http://www.geocities.com/lucia_modia_lupa/
This is a site created by a Hellenic Polytheist, with her hymns and artwork.

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home.pon.net/rhinoceroslodge/thiasos.htm
*no http or www here.*
There are lots of great things here, from Basic Reading Lists (which I was looking for in my files) to Solon's Tennets, to... ways of making ancient clothing! These guys are really! on the reconstructionist side. , you'll also find some photos, including one of a Hellenic
wedding that took place a few years ago.

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http://www.sponde.com
This is a site for reconstructionists. It deals with worshipping the gods in today's context. A definite read for those interested in the religion. Among it's many resources are information on libations and bloodless offerings, prayer and devotions. It also offers general info on Hellenism, it's ethics, and how to get started in the way of altars festivals etc.

http://www.elaion.org/
This is another reconstructionist group. They're revamping their site, so keep a lookout for changes. They also host the Hellenic_Recons group at Yahoo.

http://www.ysee.gr
Not only is this group Reconstructionist, but they're one of several groups working in Hellas for the right to practise our faith. (No offense to Christians meant). They're beliefs are quite different from many found in America and at times, they can be downright hostile. I left this here as an example of our many differences. Please don't think that we're all like this because most of us are not.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6285397.stm
This is just one of several news stories reporting on our progress in Greece. When we get this much attention, you know something is going on.

http://www.winterscapes.com/sannion/
This is a site by an extremely devoted worshipper of Dionusos. If there's anything you've ever wanted to know about him, you could probably find it here or ask the author. He'll stop at nothing to find all the Dionysian clues and connections. Plus, he has some general info relating to Hellenic Polytheism. And now he's created
http://www.neosalexandria.org/
a site devoted to Greko-Egyptian worship. Yet another way to show our diversity.

http://www.neokoroi.org
This is the site of a very interesting group, The Temple Keepers. They also encourage Hellenes to form spaces in the real world and come together. This is where you can find not only general links on Hellenic Polytheism, but also specific groups, like the Exegetai (counselors in religion and keepers of laws and customs) and the Mantikoi (deviners). They're also hosting a visual and written contest (agan) open to all Hellenic Polytheists and judged by the members of Neokoroi. This site also has a newsletter with updates on the group.

http://www.druansha.com
is an example of a much more modern approach. The store offers some newage stuff, but the Hellenic site is good. At any rate, Druansha was the first to officially welcome me to the Hellenic community, and for that, I will always be greatful. (Note, I'm not sure if this site is still Hellenic or how it's changed, but it doesn't look like it did when I first wstarted this list.)

http://www.winterscapes.com/thiasoi.htm
Taken from the site description. "Below you will find listings for Hellenic (Greek) polytheist groups, both those that exist in the "real world" and those that are exclusively online. First are general and regional organizations, then e-groups, followed by thiasoi specific to one deity (or collection of connected deities)."

Finally, here are some interesting groups. I was a member of all of them at one time or another, but some have gone dead and others I never resubscribed to with my gmail account They're online, *with the exception of Hellenion and Hercules Invictus which are both on and offline*, and all at yahoo groups.
http://groups.yahoo.com

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HellenicPagan/
Hellenic pagan: This is a very busy group with lots of interesting discussions *some of which can really give someone a headache! Don't go here if you don't like debating or if you're completely new to Hellenism, unless you can handle that sort of thing. However, if you can, you'll find alot of people with all sorts of different views.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HellenismForEveryone/
Hellenism for everyone: (completely quiet these days, kept it for nostalgia)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Hellenic_Philosophy_Symposium/
Hellenic philosophy symposium: This group is for Hellenes and nonHellenes alike, but mostly about philosophy as opposed to religion

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Hellenic_Recons/
Hellenic_recons: This is a reconstructionist group. They're very civil, helpful and very knowledgable.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/herculesinvictus/
Hercules Invictus: This is a wonderful group and site that offers not only discussion but the chance to actually do something in the real world. There are several projects going on so there's bound to be something that interests you. Plus, it's not all about religion, so you could actually start reasonable offtopic chats.

http://community.livejournal.com/polygreeks/profile
This is a group that I created on Live Journal and Google for those who love Modern Greece. While there is a slight religious bend to the group, we embrace both the ancient and the modern, unlike many other HP groups. As long as you're an adult, you can join, and anything goes. Come and see what you're missing!


If all of these things have got you wanting to read some of our sacred texts from ancient times or if you just like Ancient ancient Greek literature, try


http://www.perseus.tufts.edu
Here, you can either read English translations of the material or if you know ancient Greek, you can skip that and go directly to the original to see how they were really written. Note that as these are online and in the public domain, the translations are often old and may seem somewhat sensored.

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Aegean/4979/
These translations claim to capture the original pagan ethos of the works. The man who wrote them is sick and stark raving mad, but the translations are wonderful, which is why I'm putting them here.

http://www.farid-hajji.net/books/en/Homer/il1-preface.html
I've read many versions of the Iliad, but this, by far, is my favourite. Done in the 19th century, it was translated with such respect and beauty that I had to include it here. The link I gave skips passed the copyright and other nonsense so you can get right to the text.

http://members.efn.org/~callen/Daphnis%20and%20Chloe,%201657.txt
While there have been newer translations, I love the raw power and honesty of this one of Daphnis And Chloe. Since I don't know Ancient Greek, I don't know if it lives up the original, but it's a wonderful read if you can get past the language.


If you have know clue what Hellenic Polytheism is and just joined cause you like Greek stuff but are curious, here's a comment that I made today in another community.

I've never written anything like this, so bare with me. Hellenic Polytheists are a very assorted group. While we have morals etc, we don't have a specific book to follow or an orthodoxy in the sense of what's "the right way" to follow our faith. One of the few things that holds us together is that we believe in the gods of ancient Greece. Another is that, with the possible exception of those who choose to hunt, we don't practise animal sacrifice (I'd say about 99% of us are in that category). It goes without saying that we don't support slavery or the subjugation of women etc, though our beliefs on exactly what a woman's role is may vary slightly from person to person. We're very open-minded and we encourage people, both in and out of our religion to ask questions about the gods and each other. We're firm believers in education. Nnot everyone is a scholar, but everyone should try to learn something in life, whether it's a trade or formal schooling. Some of us are of Greek descent or actually Greek, and others are not. Some are reconstructionists, trying to follow the old ways as much as modern life will permit (heavily based on documented scholarly resources), some are middle-of-the-road (strict Hellenic panthion but may not do the rituals etc... we have way too many festivals lol), and some are totally eclectic, sometimes mixing religions or doing our own thing. For the record, I'm a recon with a strict Hellenic-based faith, though not as traditional in my devotions as some. Most of us make some kind of offerings to the gods like the daily portion of food set aside for Hestia the guardian of (the harth and home) at meal times, or a sacrifice of food/clothing/time (perhaps to a charity, shelter etc) or a written hymn for a prayer answered by a given deity. Some of us have altars or even shrynes set aside for various deities in our homes. We may or may not have personal bonds with various deities (mine is with Hermes, Athena and Aphrodite). We have priests/esses, not in the Christian sense of sermans and church, but they do help in times of need, sometimes by oracle work and sometimes by performing marriages. Our views of the gods and are mixed. Some of us see them as symbols (especially in Greece) while others see them as literal beings. We don't usually believe in a heaven/hell concept, though there are good and bad places in The Underworld. Likewise, we don't have sin as such, but we do have our own concepts of right and wrong. If you'd like, I could put up some links relating to Hellenic Polytheism in another post. But please be aware that none of this is meant to proselytise. That's another thing we don't do. lol

Ok, back to rebetika, coffee, cigs and great food for the rest of you! lol For those who read this entire entry, thank you. For those who didn't, I hope you got at least something out of it and no, entries will not be this long in the future.
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