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Post  rayvennox on Tue May 16, 2017 10:09 am

Hello everyone, I'm new here, I began to worship the Gods from yesterday, and I have a few question to you, here's the questions:

1.Can I print pictures of Gods, for example Zeus, Aphrodite or Hephaestus, put it in the wall and praying to them, instead of buying expensive statues on ebay or amazon?
2.How does the priesthood work? how can someone be a priest, is there celibacy?
3.What is the wedding and funeral look like?
4.Can I ask Gods for blessings or to bless some thing?
5. Can I ask Gods to show themselves in any way?
6.Have you got any experience that Gods responded or you saw them in dreams or whatever?


I apologise for such a weird question, but I'm beginner, so, sorry.

Gods bless you all.

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Re: God's statues or pictures

Post  Erodius on Sun May 21, 2017 4:25 pm

rayvennox wrote:
1.Can I print pictures of Gods, for example Zeus, Aphrodite or Hephaestus, put it in the wall and praying to them, instead of buying expensive statues on ebay or amazon?
2.How does the priesthood work? how can someone be a priest, is there celibacy?
3.What is the wedding and funeral look like?
4.Can I ask Gods for blessings or to bless some thing?
5. Can I ask Gods to show themselves in any way?
6.Have you got any experience that Gods responded or you saw them in dreams or whatever?

1. Yes, although a 3-dimensional image is preferable for subtler reasons.
2. There is no priesthood. A priest was essentially a caretaker of a public temple, without public temples to maintain, there are no 'priests'. In response to your second part of the question, like Hinduism, classical Hellenism encompassed a wide array of cults, some of which had widely differing requirements.
3. Rather than explaining here, I would recommend doing your own research first. There are many resources on marriage and funeral customs in the Greco-Roman world.
4. You can – but should always consider, should you? Is there reason to?
5. That is not advisable.
6. Dream-type experiences are not necessarily unusual, but one should not be too credulous. The mind is a powerful thing, and even the greatest and noblest of all humankind likely will not have routine contact with a god. That sort of thing is perhaps a once or so in a lifetime type thing.

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