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Post  AgathonZante on Tue Feb 09, 2016 9:29 pm

If I wanted to create my own rites and rituals, how would I do so without contradicting Hellenic practice? What standards would I have to adhere to in order to legitimately call it a Hellenic ritual?

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Post  Erodius on Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:54 pm

AgathonZante wrote:If I wanted to create my own rites and rituals, how would I do so without contradicting Hellenic practice? What standards would I have to adhere to in order to legitimately call it a Hellenic ritual?

This is an extremely complex question. A complete answer would be a full-length novel.

What exactly do you wish to do, might I ask? If you are familiar with the customs and traditions of ritual practice, it should not be especially difficult to perform a rite suited to your situation and purpose.

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Re: Creating Rituals

Post  AgathonZante on Tue Feb 16, 2016 2:13 pm

I'd like to construct a ritual to some of the Heroes, Bellerophon on this case.

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Post  Erodius on Sun Feb 21, 2016 12:55 pm

Heroes, as has been discussed several times on here already, I believe, are worshipped in the same manner as any other deity.

Purify yourself, at a shrine or at an altar platform appropriately dedicated (to the hero himself, or to All the Heroes, or to All the Gods) invoke the hero's divine soul, recount some of his feats, offer a prayer if you wish, offer a sacrifice.

As an addendum, I will mention that several of Pindar's odes are relevant to veneration of Bellerophon.

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Post  AgathonZante on Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:37 pm

Could you give me a source on Pindar? I have heard of him vaguely in the past, but never looked into this writings at all.

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Re: Creating Rituals

Post  DavidMcCann on Wed Feb 24, 2016 2:46 pm

You can find the relevant parts here, with almost everything else you need
http://www.theoi.com/Heros/Bellerophontes.html

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