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Post  hampuss on Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:03 pm

Hello!! I am new to this religion and i dont really understand the types of groups greek mythology have, I think like one is named hellenismos or something but I dont fully understand the meanings of all groups.

Can someone please help me?


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Post  Erodius on Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:23 pm

'Ellinismos' just means 'Greekness' — it is a culture, not a religion, though may entail religion. Olympianism is the term for the religion out of which most of Classical mythology derives. 

The variety of cults that made up Classical religion are numerous — state cults, local cults, and both local and cosmopolitan Mystery religions. 

Classical Graeco-Roman religion is huge entity, on par with the Hindu religions of India in terms of breadth and sophistication.

"O Best of Gods, blest daimon crown'd with fire . . . hear, and from punishment my soul absolve, the punishment incurr'd by pristine guilt, thro' Lethe's darkness and terrene desire: and if for long-extended years I'm doom'd in these drear realms Heav'n's exile to remain, O grant me soon the necessary means to gain that good which solitude confers on souls emerging from the bitter waves of fraudful Hyle's black, impetuous flood!"
-Iulianic Hymn to Apollon-Helios, ll. 65-106

"Having come for punishment, one must be punished. One must not pull apart the god within oneself."
-Iamblichus, Vita Pythagorica

"Truth would you teach, or save a sinking land,
All hear, none aid you, and few understand."
-Alexander Pope


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