Monday, August 14, 2006


Hellenismos is the traditional, polytheistic religion of ancient Greece, reconstructed in and adapted to the modern world. It is also called Hellenic Polytheism, Hellenic Reconstructionist Paganism, Classical Paganism, or simply Hellenism (Classical). Those who practice this religion are variously known as Hellenic polytheists, Hellenic pagans, Hellenic reconstructionists, Hellenists, or Hellenes.
Hellenic polytheists worship the ancient Greek Gods—the Olympians, nature divinities, underworld deities—and heroes. Ancestors are honoured, both physical and spiritual. It is primarily a devotional or votive religion, based on the exchange of gifts (offerings) for the gods' blessings. Hellenismos has an ethical system based on the principles of reciprocity, hospitality, and moderation.


Hellenismos isn't a book-based religion; there is no single text believed by worshippers to be the word of the Gods. Instead, theological beliefs and practices are based on multiple sources:
  • (1) Works of Homer, Hesiod, and others.
  • (2) Individual experience and inspiration.
  • (3) Scholarly research.
The main value of Hellenism is eusebeia, often translated as piety. This implies a commitment to the worship of the Hellenic Gods and action to back this up. Other core values are hospitality, self-control and moderation.

There is no central organisation or hierarchal clergy, worshippers act in a personal manner by personally dedicating themselves to a favorite God, or a number of Gods, reflecting their personal spirituality.

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