New Temples, Old Stones?

The Greek Pagan group Ellinais, who were recently granted official recognition by the court system in Greece, is now attempting to obtain permission to perform rites at ancient pre-Christian sites.

“Worshippers of the 12 gods of Mount Olympus are planning to ask the government to allow them to practice their faith at ancient sites like the Acropolis, sources told Sunday’s Kathimerini. The followers of this minority faith have been buoyed by a court ruling in February that allowed the existence of an association, known as Ellinais, whose members claim to worship Zeus and the other 11 gods. Ellinais was formed last October by 23 Greeks but in its annual report on religious freedom, the US State Department estimates that some 2,000 people worship the 12 ancient gods in Greece. Sources said Ellinais will seek permission from the Culture Ministry to establish places of worship and to be allowed to worship at ancient temples such as the Parthenon and the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion.”

It remains to be seen if being allowed to (legally) exist will translate into access to holy sites. David Meadows at Rogue Classicism suspects it will depend on if there are sacrifices performed. It should be interesting to see how this will develop in the near future, and what the ramifications will be. Will legalized Paganism bring forward a new sort of “religious tourism” at sites like the Acropolis? Will this new tolerance see an explosion of interest in native Greek Paganism?

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  • Anonymous

    Great! But have you read "Travelling Light" by Andreas Mavromatis? Mindblowing: Dionysos, Apollo, Pythagoras, and the Pre-Socratics…Present day Initiation in the ancient Greek Tradition! Bring back our gods!

  • Anonymous

    ATHENS — A clutch of modern pagans honored Zeus at a 1,800-year-old temple in the heart of Athens yesterday (1/22/07) — the first known ceremony of its kind held there since the ancient Greek religion was outlawed by the Roman empire in the late fourth century.Some 20 worshipers gathered next to the ruins of the temple for a celebration organized by Ellinais,

  • Lunarcat

    This is way past due, religions that convert at the point of a sword have nothing to do with the Godhead. The old ways have always served us well, it is usually the priesthoods that containimate the religion, and so it is today! I have always felt closer to the Goddess.

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