When I was 9 years old, I found a copy of D'aulaire's Book of Greek Myths at our local library and was taken with the stories as well as the distinct personalities of the Gods and Goddesses. From that age, I began praying to Athena every day for wisdom, Aphrodite for love, and Zeus for prosperity.
Their guidance has never failed me.
I had a friend in high school who was horrified when she found out and spent the entire semester trying to convince me to go to her church and be "saved." She finally gave up in disgust and tried to convince everyone that I was a devil worshipper, but thankfully no one took her seriously.
Periodically, I'll bring a date over who will gawk at the tiny shrine to Pallas Athena that I have set up in a corner of my living room, but most guys either pay no attention, or they think of it as a harmless eccentricity.
Any other polytheists on the DL?
you're fucking cool OP, I'm not a polytheist but I did found a duotheistic religion
Whenever overtly religious people start yammering on, I always say, "Yeah, the ancient Greeks thought all of their gods were real, too.
Totally into polytheist dudes! OP, I would love to Baal you!
You're praying to the ancient gods without benefit of animal sacrifices? And you haven't been struck by lightning or made the subject of some other cautionary tale?
Be warned, prayer isn't enough for that lot.
I also work with the Greek gods...but Egyptian moreso. Notice how OP wasn't looking for others to validate his beliefs. This is one of the greatest things that has been lost to modern monotheistic faiths.
Thanks, R9. The Greek Gods have always spoken to me, as well as their Roman counterparts, for whom many of our planets are named. On clear nights I gaze up at the Evening Star and direct my prayers to Venus/Aphrodite.
I feel such a profound connection to the Universe and everything within It.
Not the ancient Greek / Roman gods for me, but I am a pagan. Cernunnos--The Horned One--is my deity and has been since I was a teen. Weather permitting, I love going out into the woods skyclad and just grooving with nature.
R10--I hear you! We are ALL connected!
OP, you could pray directly to the Evening Star rather than to Aphrodite, as the herdsman does for the shepherd he's in love with in Bion of Smyrna, fragment 11.
No, but I'm being stalked by Pazuzu.
I really enjoy Greek mythology and find their gods fascinating, I think your prayers to them are cool.
OP uses rock deodorant
How can something that never existed provide you with guidance?
W&W for R5!!!!!!!!
I used to LOVE my greek mythology books as a boy, as much for the nude athletics and wrestling as for the various gods and monsters.
I am pro Hestia
I had that same book op! I read it over and over again. Did "book reports" on it. I wish I knew where it was because I would still like to have it on my bookshelf.
I am a devotee of Shango, the Orisha (Yoruban god) of thunder and fire.
Antinous, who was made a god by his lover, the Roman Emperor Hadrian.
And he was an out gay.
And stunningly beautiful.
His "religion" lasted for about 500 years, not too shabby for a hot twink who died too young (probably sacrificed himself in the Nile for his DILF).
So, much like religion today, it makes people do crazy things.
I'm a Deist, much like our Founding Fathers.
I pray to Gozer the Traveler. He will come in one of the pre-chosen forms. During the rectification of the Vuldrini, the traveler came as a large and moving Torg! Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the McKetrick supplicants, they chose a new form for him: that of a giant Slor! Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!
Here on DL, I learned of Gilgamesh.
Whenever I hear the word "skyclad" I want to hurl. Sorry.
OP, do you actually believe that these gods exist? Legit question.
More lucrative not to believe:
Prayer banner: Atheist teen speaks out, lands $44,000 scholarship
By Rene Lynch
February 22, 2012, 11:41 a.m.
A Rhode Island teen is learning that it pays to deny the existence of God: Prominent atheists plan to present Jessica Ahlquist with a scholarship of at least $44,000 -- and possibly more.
It seems they were impressed with the way Ahlquist, 16, handled herself amid a roiling controversy that began in July 2010, when she complained about a prayer banner hanging in the auditorium at Cranston High School West that referred to "Our Heavenly Father."
School authorities brushed off her complaint, saying the banner was artistic and historic, as it had been hanging there for decades. Ahlquist later joined the American Civil Liberties Union in a suit alleging that the banner made her feel "ostracized and out of place."
After much legal wrangling, a court ruled that the banner needed to be removed -- and an uproar ensued.
The controversy helped Ahlquist, an atheist, collect thousands of friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter.
But it also sparked outrage on behalf of many others who embraced the banner and wanted the school district to stand firm. A state legislator called Ahlquist an "evil little thing." There were death threats. The financially strapped school district spent tens of thousands on legal fees. And recall threats were lodged against the school board.
Those school board jobs are still in jeopardy; the district voted last week to end the appeals process to save money.
Blogger Hemant Mehta who writes the Friendly Atheist started a campaign to raise scholarship money for Ahlquist, and the American Humanist Assn. is also helping to oversee the fund-raising effort, which runs through the end of the month.
"The way she has handled herself throughout this whole ordeal is admirable far beyond anything most people would expect from a high school student," Mehta wrote.
So far, the fund has raised $44,000 for Ahlquist. Mehta and the association say she earned the scholarship by standing up to critics "with class and style."
I think it's fabulous, OP. You were appealing to the best part of yourself in each god/goddess. I am totally on board with that!
R30, we're all going to Hades. Unless Zeus takes you as his gay lover and grants you immortal life.
Well, yes I do, but I don't know how to pray, and if you could say how you do it that would help.
I think we should revive the worship of the Olympians. They had their flaws, of course, but better them than the horrible God of the Christians!
Just so you know, it's fairly easy to make animal sacrifices to the Gods of Olympus. The ancient Greeks would slaughter a flawless animal on the altar, and then they'd eat the meat and burn the fat, bones, and skin as the Gods' portion. I suppose the modern temple-less equivalent would be to cook a steak, and burn the fat and bone to honor the Ancient Gods. After you turn off your smoke alarm.
It's just getting so darned hard to find virgins to sacrifice these days ...
I did check Greek mythology books out of the library as a kid.
But it was to look at the naked guys.
Sadly we've replaced the great Greek and Roman gods and goddesses with celebrities. It makes me sick. The Greek & Roman variety were so much more interesting & brilliant, and beautiful.
I loved that book and still have a copy somewhere. The illustrations were awesome.
When visiting the temple prostitute was as routine as a bike sharing program is today....
Bulfinch's Mythology wasn't as compelling
Oh please you just want the hot Greek god studs to plow you. Don't lie, OP!
Haephaestus can park his anvil under my bed any day.
Not a believer, but I could go for an Ares who looks like the late Kevin Smith.
Is polytheism like taking more than one dick at a time up your ass at the baths?
i think there arent enough people beliveing in the greek pantheon but i do believe in them and i respect anyone who does so as well and even more so those who openly admit it. it takes something of a special strenght to stand up for what you believe in
I've read Robert Graves and Margaret Hamilton, but not the one you read, OP. I did go thru a period of confusion about them, believing the stories were real in the way that Ancient History was real, when I was a kid.
I went to Catholic School, but I got the mythology books from the Public Library. When The nuns saw me with it, she smashed me in the head with the book, then punched me in the back and wrote a note to my mother telling her I was without a doubt going straight to hell, and so was Ma. next year I went to public school. Fuck them. I was 11 at the time.
I'm an atheist but I totally get OP. If I was religious I would rather pray to someone who looks like this