So....where do I begin? First I guess I should stop laughing and then try to take on a serious demeanor, because I actually have some serious issues to discuss here. Okay...I think I have my composure now. If you have followed the blog, you know that Thessaly Temenos was planning to attend an event this weekend, which we did. That event was supposed to be a very diverse event catering to all pagans.
A rather serious, sad, and angry post today. I recently read this blog post by Sannion at The House of Vines. If you read the whole article, you will find that he speaks of a women, Tess Dawson, a Canaanite polytheist, who has apparently become the focus of attacks by people, simply because Sannion mentioned her and her work in one of his posts. And in this case I take great personal grievance at this, as I consider Tess Dawson a friend of mine – a term I don’t use lightly.
Apparently the people whom Sannion has made his enemies over the years – finding that attacking Sannion himself is pointless – are going after his associates, or apparently pretty much everyone he mentions. He mentions in his discourse on the attacks against Tess Dawson a few people who posted crap about her, and links to some. You can find those here and here. Both these blog posts are in reaction to this blog post by Tess, concerning the situation in Syria and people praying for peace there, without invoking the deities of the cultures that once existed in this region.
These people accuse Tess of proselytising, and trying to recruit more followers for her belief. She is painted as a evil cult leader almost, when all she is doing is speaking the truth, speaking out, and being unapologetic about it. She says that prayers to the Gods for peace in Syria ought to include the native Gods of that region. Apparently this counts as proselytising. Well la-di-da, shut the f*ck up. Do you seriously think it’s okay to pray for peace in some region of the world without invoking the native Gods of that region as well? Do you think it’s all right to pray for the people who lost their lives and/or homes with the tsunami and nuclear situation in Fukushima, without at least invoking the Gods of Japan also? Or to pray the India will overcome the rampant ill-treatment of women, without invoking Durga Mā, or Mahā Kālī, or any indigenous deity from India? To pray that the situation in Egypt will stabilise without also calling upon Amun-Ra, Ma’at, Horus, and the Gods and Goddesses of ancient Egypt?
Then why the f*ck are you attacking Tess for saying the very same thing about the Syrian situation?!? Unless you’re a bigoted, small-minded asshole trying to get to someone else, or trying to further your own agenda. Then this kind of cowardly, uncalled for, lowly attacks against a perfectly good and pious person like Tess Dawson, who is deeply devoted to her Gods and a firm proponent of both her religion and of polytheism in general, who probably has done more stuff for her religion and polytheism in general then you’ve ever considered doing. Shame on you, and shame on “paganism” for letting people like you get away with this bullcr*p. Now go read Tess’s post again and read what she’s ACTUALLY writing. F*ckers.
*End rant* Just needed to get this off my chest. You may continue with your daily business.
There’s been some discussion recently about the Hellenic calendar in the Hellenic Polytheistic Community (Ελληνική Πολυθεϊστική Κοινότητα) on Facebook and I’d like to compile some of the information here. This post will be rather long as I’ll discuss monthly devotions, and when possible clarify the source where necessary or available to me. Some other information I found somewhere on the web (but forgotten where) and are unsourced, which I’ll also indicate. Other’s are personal inventions, and I’ll give my reasons for them. Continue reading
A quick post today to let you all know that Apostolos N. Athanassakis has recently re-published his translations of the Orphic Hymns. These had gone out of print and had become very expensive, apparently one or two book sellers bought up as much of them as they could to inflate the price. But now this has come to an end with this re-publication, which dates to June 2013, so very recently. Enjoy!
Here are a few of the major online resellers where the book can be found in various formats – including as eBook:
Today I want to start with a new series of blog posts called “Gods with a Bad Rep”. In these GWABR posts I’ll be addressing deities and the misunderstandings that may exist about them, which I’ll then proceed to clear up. Sometimes the rep may not be bad as such, but simply overly simplified and wrong. Like the title of this post suggest, I’ll start with one of the deities who receives most negativity in the modern world, Lord Arēs, often considered nothing but a brute, blood-thirsty warmonger. Continue reading
So, my Silent Hekatombaiōn is over since the eve of the Noumēnia, and in this post I’ll speak a bit about what I’ve been up to.
Like I announced in my previous post, I have been pen palling with several people during Hekatombaiōn, mostly Hellenists, but also with a Qadištu (Canaanite polytheist), a Khemetist (Egyptian polytheist) and some others. This has been a lovely experience to write and receive actual letters instead of emails or communicating via Facebook. I advise everyone to give it a go.
Besides this I’ve been working on making “flashcards” of several Gods, containing basic information like the declension of their name, name variations in different dialects, their domains, sacred animals, plants, attributes, epithets, etc. It’s a laborious work thought o look up all these epithets and information. Theoi.com was off course a great help, but for the epithets not so much, as they don’t write any of the diacritics used in polytonic Hellenic. But I found this website to be of immense value in finding those terms with their diacritics. All I had to do for most of them was copying them and replacing the first letter with a capital letter.
Other then that I’ve also dedicated to new shrines to household deities. Both are made from simple flower pots, they are filled with soil from our garden, and some potshards on the bottom so the soil doesn’t wash away with libations. Both also have an altar stone upon which to pour the libations. One is dedicated to Ἑρμῆς Ἐνόδιος (Hermēs of the Roads), a household deity who protects the household members when they are outside of the household. The other is dedicated to Ἀπόλλων Προστατήριος Ἀγυιεύς (Apollōn Who Stand in Front of (the Door), of the Streets), who is also a protector of the Hosuehold, and of it’s members when outside on the streets. My mother allowed me to put them on a table in our hallway, near the front door. Thus I can pour libations upon them when entering and/or leaving the house.
Besides all of that I have also been reading for my pleasure, and been watching YouTube videos about language learning, and various other videos. That’s about it.
Just a short blogpost today from, to make an announcement. Sannion at his blog has made a proposal a few weeks ago. He, and a lot of other polytheists, often feel bullied about their belief in the Gods as *actual* beings, and are attacked for being superstitious fools or dogmatic fundamentalists by self-declared (neo)pagans who – ironically – dogmatically insist that the Gods are just different faces of some ultimate Godhead, that they are just symbols, or that they are just archetypes; whatever said self-declared (neo)pagan thinks himself and which is a pretty large view in number of “adherents” in the wider “(neo)pagan” scene. In fact I wrote a blog post about this bullying myself a few weeks ago, with the help of Dr. Wilkerson.
For this reason he proposed in this blogpost that all polytheists could do a Silent July. That means:
- No blog posts.
- No comments.
- No Facebook.
- No Tumblr.
- No videos.
- No radio shows.
During the month of July. This silence of the polytheist is intended to show above mentioned pagans the consequences of their bullying by pointing it out by a thundering, ear-deafening silence from the polytheists. I was myself a little too late in finding out about this and thinking about participating in it, and even then I wasn’t sure I would do it as much of my social life focuses on (mainly) Facebook, as I have contact with lots of people across the planet. However, I have started pen palling with some of the during the past few days. With *actual* handwritten letters posted by snail mail, instead of email.
Recently, Tess Dawson wrote a blog post of her own, informing her readers that she will be supporting this Silent July movement, by doing it during the next lunar cycle. I found this idea very attractive, and after spending some days contemplating the idea and it’s implications, I decided to just go for it and jump on her lunar bandwagon. Therefore, as of the evening of the 8th of July, the eve of Hekátē’s Deipnon, the last day of the lunar month in Hellenic reckoning, until the next Deipnon at the end of the new lunar cycle, I shall be offline as much as possible, avoiding social networks and the like. I shall still use the internet for college stuff, and for important sites like theoi.com or Perseus Digital Library, and checking my email once a day.
The free time I shall have I shall seek to spend on writing letters to my nine current pen pals, focusing on the Gods, focusing in worship, catching up on my reading as I have done for the past few days, and maybe work a bit in the garden now that the weather is good. If anyone else feels compelled to do this Silent Hekatombaiōn, or however the next lunar month is or isn’t called in your tradition, I can only say: DO IT. I think it will be very liberating. May the Gods give all of us the strength the carry it out until the end.
The enslaved to the christian orthodox theocracy, “greek” State declared by its “Central Archaeological Council” (KAS) to the native Hellenes, the complete prohibition of entry or access to the ancient and holy places (Temples, Shrines, Sanctuaries) of our ancestors for religious reasons. So it is now forbidden in modern Greece to worship the Gods of Hellas in their ancient sanctuaries, which were built by the ancient Greeks for this very reason. Modern “greek” state proved once again, that it is not in the least greek, but christian, intolerant, anti-hellenic and in fact neo-byzantine.
Source: Supreme Council of ethnic Hellenes (YSEE)
You can contact KAS and appeal against this decision of the “greek” state and lodge your complaint right here:http://www.law-archaeology.gr/Index.asp?C=129
A politically activist post today that has little to do with the Hellenic religion. However, this is too serious an issue to not let it be spread as far and wide as possible. Below I have copied the description of the petition to which I refer in the title, to which I will also link at the end of this post. Please sign this petition, and spread it as much as you possibly can.
First migrants and recent immigrants were rounded up from Greece’s streets and forced into internment camps.Then they threw the drug users in. Next came the sex workers, forcibly HIV tested, publicly humiliated, and imprisoned.
Now they’re coming for transgender men and women — and the list of “undesirables” just keeps longer.
Operation Zeus is a cleansing campaign targeting and imprisoning the most vulnerable members of Greek society, accompanied by spikes in racism, gender hate and homophobia.
There are now at least 5,000 people languishing in these hellholes simply for existing — and this month, while warning trans* men and women to “return to normal” or else, the Greek government announced that camp capacity is about to double.
We call on the EU member states to put the pressure on Greece now to stop this abhorrent cleansing campaign now. We can still save the people persecuted under Operation Zeus — but we can’t afford to stay silent for long!
PETITION TO EU MEMBER STATES: We cannot afford to sit by while another European country rounds up “undesirables” and imprisons people in camps simply for existing. Let the Greek government know it must release these people now.
As you can see this is simply unacceptable. This is literally history repeating itself, it is the exact same thing as what Nazi-Germany did to “socially undesirables” like Jews, homosexuals, etc. If we don’t watch our backs Nazi-Germany will completely resurrect in Hellas. And we simply can not allow this. It is unimagineable that a country where so many brave people died fighting of the Nazi Invasion of their country during World War II, would now become that very thing they fought so hard for to keep out.
If this continues not just this, but the entire Hellenic culture and religion will become profaned and defamed like what Hitler did to the Swastika and other cultural heritage. It has already begun with the miscreants who organise these witch hunts in Hellas calling this “Operation Zeus”. Please help protect these unjustly persecuted people and do not let history repeat itself!
You can find the petition here: http://act.watchdog.net/petitions/3322?share_ref=u-rQ_tmCmsk
To blogposts today First was that link to an article about how the social networks between non-Divine characters of the Iliad and a few other works closely resemble real-life networks between people – and I don’t mean a “social network” like Facebook or Twitter, but the relationships between people and their family, friends, acquaintances, etc.
This blogpost is about something I discovered. A software developer called Logos Bible Software is going to expand it’s current core market – Bible study tools – with various classics. This includes Shakespeares work, but also the ancient Hellenic and Roman classics. It seems like it could be a useful tool to help Hellenists and Cultores research ancient Hellenic literature, mythology, and religion. Their software will feature original texts, translations, word study tools, highlights, pagemarkers, and everything you could possibly ever need. The only downside seems to be the price. While the software itself seems like it’s going to be free, you will have to pay for the bundles you want. For example, the “Classical Greek Bundle” will cost you $149,95. So while I think it’s definitely useful, I think it also will cost a lot for people to get the bundles they want, and furthermore it looks like they’re aiming mainly for use with tablets like the iPad.
Here you can read an article introducing this “Noet” as it will be called: http://blog.logos.com/2013/06/introducing-noet-scholarly-ebooks/. This article has a link at the end that takes you to the Noet homepage.