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« on: August 11, 2015, 03:09:20 pm »
Greetings from Hellas!

I never thought of searching for a pagan forum before, even though i was pretty sure i would find one. I've been interested in Paganism for 5 or 6 years so far.

I was raised in an Orthodox family and i read as many book religious books as i could trying to figure out more things about god and saints. In the the end i turned out reading about ancient Hellas. Yeah in school they teach us some basic history and they focus on Jewish such as the Bible. I don't have a problem with Jews but i can't stand the fact that they prefer David or Moses instead of Socrates or Plato and many others.
Up until now i've read almost everything written in these ancient times by my ancestors.
My other great influence was Metal music and PC Games. From there i learned about Vikings. And a third journey begun. I read as much as i could find and i thought that i found my spiritual Ithaca. I feel a very strong connection with the Old Gods, even though i defied them quite a few times, despite some things that happened to me. For me it gave meaning to my life and a new code to live with.

Moreover, I read a few things for Gaulish Gods and i sense that there is some connection to every old Pantheon, ( i hope to find some answers in The Cauldron).

I don't want to give a bad impression with a very long stop so i'll stop it here with an idea that came to me the past year of changing my name from Elias to a name clsoer to my true nature.

And of course, nice to meet you everyone :)

PS: I call my self Neo Pagan since i'm not sure what label to give me. I know there are Cults out there who call themselves neopagans but i assume we have nothing in common
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Re: Hello people
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2015, 08:41:45 pm »
Quote from: Apollodorus;178540
Greetings from Hellas!

I never thought of searching for a pagan forum before, even though i was pretty sure i would find one. I've been interested in Paganism for 5 or 6 years so far.

I was raised in an Orthodox family and i read as many book religious books as i could trying to figure out more things about god and saints. In the the end i turned out reading about ancient Hellas. Yeah in school they teach us some basic history and they focus on Jewish such as the Bible. I don't have a problem with Jews but i can't stand the fact that they prefer David or Moses instead of Socrates or Plato and many others.
Up until now i've read almost everything written in these ancient times by my ancestors.
My other great influence was Metal music and PC Games. From there i learned about Vikings. And a third journey begun. I read as much as i could find and i thought that i found my spiritual Ithaca. I feel a very strong connection with the Old Gods, even though i defied them quite a few times, despite some things that happened to me. For me it gave meaning to my life and a new code to live with.

Moreover, I read a few things for Gaulish Gods and i sense that there is some connection to every old Pantheon, ( i hope to find some answers in The Cauldron).

I don't want to give a bad impression with a very long stop so i'll stop it here with an idea that came to me the past year of changing my name from Elias to a name clsoer to my true nature.

And of course, nice to meet you everyone :)

PS: I call my self Neo Pagan since i'm not sure what label to give me. I know there are Cults out there who call themselves neopagans but i assume we have nothing in common

 
Welcome!

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Re: Hello people
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2015, 09:26:58 pm »
Welcome!

Quote from: Apollodorus;178540
In the the end i turned out reading about ancient Hellas. Yeah in school they teach us some basic history and they focus on Jewish such as the Bible. I don't have a problem with Jews but i can't stand the fact that they prefer David or Moses instead of Socrates or Plato and many others.
Up until now i've read almost everything written in these ancient times by my ancestors.


The relation between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the cultural legacy from ancient Greece is very ambivalent: Some of the old temples were vandalised by Orthodox Christians, but at the same time the classic works about mythology were copied and transmitted to the afterworld in the Christian monasteries. One of the most important overviews of Classical myth, Dionysiaca, was written by the Eastern Orthodox poet Nonnus of Panopolis. Through the Byzantine writer Michael Psellos in the 11th century, we know a lot about the Middle Platonic book Chaldaean Oracles from the 180's. There exist a lot of examples of this ambiguity.

Quote from: Apollodorus;178540
My other great influence was Metal music and PC Games. From there i learned about Vikings.


The vikings in metal music and PC games are very fictionalized and 'freely interpreted'. The real vikings didn't wear wings or horns on their helmets, and many were merchants rather than warriors. Those who travelled to Constantinople were mercenaries. The exaggerated physiques prevalent in metal merchandise and PC games were hardly attainable in an age of malnutrition and no steroids. The majority of the Scandinavian population during the late Iron age and early Middle Age stayed at home and maintained the farms: Only one percent or thereabout went 'on viking' abroad. O∂in was not the god for everyone: He was the Norwegian and Icelandic upper class god. Among the general population, Thor, Frey, Freya and Frigg were much more important, especially in Denmark and Sweden.

Quote from: Apollodorus;178540
PS: I call my self Neo Pagan since i'm not sure what label to give me. I know there are Cults out there who call themselves neopagans but i assume we have nothing in common


There are bad apples everywhere. That doesn't make Neo-Pagans in general bad.

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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2015, 10:16:28 am »
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Welcome!

The relation between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the cultural legacy from ancient Greece is very ambivalent: Some of the old temples were vandalised by Orthodox Christians, but at the same time the classic works about mythology were copied and transmitted to the afterworld in the Christian monasteries. One of the most important overviews of Classical myth, Dionysiaca, was written by the Eastern Orthodox poet Nonnus of Panopolis. Through the Byzantine writer Michael Psellos in the 11th century, we know a lot about the Middle Platonic book Chaldaean Oracles from the 180's. There exist a lot of examples of this ambiguity.



The vikings in metal music and PC games are very fictionalized and 'freely interpreted'. The real vikings didn't wear wings or horns on their helmets, and many were merchants rather than warriors. Those who travelled to Constantinople were mercenaries. The exaggerated physiques prevalent in metal merchandise and PC games were hardly attainable in an age of malnutrition and no steroids. The majority of the Scandinavian population during the late Iron age and early Middle Age stayed at home and maintained the farms: Only one percent or thereabout went 'on viking' abroad. O∂in was not the god for everyone: He was the Norwegian and Icelandic upper class god. Among the general population, Thor, Frey, Freya and Frigg were much more important, especially in Denmark and Sweden.

 

 
Of course monasteries especially helped in this way but that's not what they teach in schools.

As for Norse and Vikings i never stayed in the horned helmets and drinking horns. I am into re eanacting and i manufacture my self armor and everyday clothing of these warriors from different eras. And no i don't base my creations in History Channel's series.
So i hope i made my self clear that i'm not a poser.

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Re: Hello people
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2015, 10:35:57 am »
Quote from: Apollodorus;178540
Greetings from Hellas!

I never thought of searching for a pagan forum before, even though i was pretty sure i would find one. I've been interested in Paganism for 5 or 6 years so far.

I was raised in an Orthodox family and i read as many book religious books as i could trying to figure out more things about god and saints. In the the end i turned out reading about ancient Hellas. Yeah in school they teach us some basic history and they focus on Jewish such as the Bible. I don't have a problem with Jews but i can't stand the fact that they prefer David or Moses instead of Socrates or Plato and many others.
Up until now i've read almost everything written in these ancient times by my ancestors.
My other great influence was Metal music and PC Games. From there i learned about Vikings. And a third journey begun. I read as much as i could find and i thought that i found my spiritual Ithaca. I feel a very strong connection with the Old Gods, even though i defied them quite a few times, despite some things that happened to me. For me it gave meaning to my life and a new code to live with.

Moreover, I read a few things for Gaulish Gods and i sense that there is some connection to every old Pantheon, ( i hope to find some answers in The Cauldron).

I don't want to give a bad impression with a very long stop so i'll stop it here with an idea that came to me the past year of changing my name from Elias to a name clsoer to my true nature.

And of course, nice to meet you everyone :)

PS: I call my self Neo Pagan since i'm not sure what label to give me. I know there are Cults out there who call themselves neopagans but i assume we have nothing in common

 

Hello and welcome. I'm new to this Path and I've also discovered a great pull to the Norse Gods and the Celtic Gods (Morrigan on my mind most especially) and I'm reading voraciously about everything to do with both of those pantheons.
"It\'s often a person\'s mouth that broke their nose." - Old Irish saying.

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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2015, 10:43:20 am »
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Of course monasteries especially helped in this way but that's not what they teach in schools.

As for Norse and Vikings i never stayed in the horned helmets and drinking horns. I am into re eanacting and i manufacture my self armor and everyday clothing of these warriors from different eras. And no i don't base my creations in History Channel's series.
So i hope i made my self clear that i'm not a poser.


I didn't accuse you of being a poser. As a Scandinavian myself, I am, however, accustomed to that metal music cover art and computer games gives tourists from abroad a rather twisted view on the vikings. Souvenir shops in Stockholm sells plastic helmets with horns as an ironic joke about this steroptypical misconception.

Reenactment is a nice hobby. I am interested in reenacting the European 1560's, 1570's and 1580's myself. Lots of Spanish fluted ruffs.

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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2015, 12:58:24 pm »
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Greetings from Hellas!
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