I’m nothing if not changeable, and so after years of dismissing the idea, I’ve decided to put out a third (and probably final) edition of my first book, Kharis: Hellenic Polytheism Explored. The first edition came out in 2004, the second in 2008. While my thoughts about the practice of the religion itself have not drastically changed since then, the community itself certainly has, as well as the resources available for study. So the bulk of the text in this new edition will remain the same, but I’m going to tweak a few things as needed, update the recommended books and websites, and most importantly, present results of a new survey of the Hellenic polytheist community, with commentary comparing these results to the older surveys. My hope is that this will help Kharis to remain relevant and useful to the current generation of newbies and devotees.
So without further ado, here is the 2019 Hellenic Polytheist Survey. It will be open and collecting responses until July 31. Because I am not nearly as active as I used to be online, I really need help spreading the word about the survey to reach as many self-identified Hellenic polytheists as possible in the coming weeks. I’d love this to be as accurate as possible in reflecting the community. So please share the link (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HellenicPolytheistSurvey) anywhere that is relevant (especially social media). Thank you!
I wanted to quickly reblog this post since I find it imperative that people realise this. The Gods cannot be appropriated. They call whom They will call, They are not bound to our mortal concepts of “race” and ethnicity and nationality.
People who claim that worshiping Gods outside your culture or ethnicity is “appropriation” are, quite simply, ludicrous individuals, often crypto if not blatant atheists, whose “metagenetics” or “racialist” view attempts to posit that the divine limit Their interactions with “foreigners” outside of “the race.” This stance can be understood as atheism because it denies that […]
With the failing of the kick starter as an all or nothing thing, I decided to write here a proposition for those who genuinely want to support getting this done on time. Honestly I gave plenty of time for painting through the summer. What I need is at minimum to be able to purchase canvas […]
There’s a meme making its way around Facebook lately that presents us with the story of an abused child who dies and is taken to Valhalla. Everyone, especially Odin, comforts the child and in the end, that child brings comfort to another abused child who also ends up in the hall of warriors. It’s lovely. It’s emotional. It’s sentimental. It’s also utter bullshit.
Now before this piece gets spun by the tumblr crowd as “Galina hates abused children” let me encourage reading comprehension. Let me also point out that an abused child is a survivor. They are resilient and worthy of immense respect. They are not however, warriors. We are so removed from the realities of our ancestors, from the idea that a necessary and expected passage into adulthood was serving as a warrior or soldier, that we use terms like ‘warrior’ and ‘battle’ metaphorically. There is a role for…
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We’re closing in on the last six weeks-ish or so of the submission period, so if you’ve been working on submissions, or been thinking about it, now’s the time to send them in! Submissions will close on Dec 31st! I’ve had a few more submissions in over the last month, including one short story, but […]
My friend Lykeia is doing a clearance sale of several paintings and a few statuettes. If you are interested you can find her blog post about it below.
Trying to clear some stuff out, so here are some slashed clearance items. To purchase items PayPal me at firstname.lastname@example.org Ares oil painting 16×24 Shipped off frame. 50.00 plus 15.00 shipping Sobek 12×12 acrylic painting. 35.00 plus 15.00 shipping Serapis 16×24 oil painting. Shipped off frame. 50.00 plus 15.00 shipping Fulfuns 9×11 acrylic painting. 35.00 […]