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Hellenic paganism, or more correctly Hellênismos (Hellenic polytheism), is the worship of the pre-Galilean deities of the Aegean and Mediterranean by people identifying closely with the ethnic spirituality of Hellenic speakers found in the geographic region and surrounding areas. The worship of such Gods include the core pantheon often referred to as the dôdekatheoi (The Twelve Gods) who are the focus of devotion such as Zeus, Athena, Apollon, Artemis, Aphrodite, Hera, Hestia, Dionysos, Hephaistos, Poseidon, Hermes, Demeter, etc. Deities can be worshipped according to the orientation of a worshippers beliefs and/or needs - one does not have to believe in all the Gods. However, Gods such as Mithras, Isis, and others of later antiquity are not normally considered part of the Hellenic pantheon even though they were highly "Hellenized" after the eastern conquests of Alexander the Great. Hellenic temples are the homes in which the Gods visit but are not like churches as congregations are held at the outside front altar not inside. Most Hellenic polytheists utilise shrines and altars as temples are costly to construct. The trend in modern Hellênismos is towards unifying disparate groups under a common clerical structure and a sharing of resources to an authentic reconstructive set of practices. Hellenic polytheists have almost always felt isolated from the current pagan revival and for good reason. For the most part Hellenic polytheists are neither wiccans, witches, ceremonial magicians or new age spiritualists rather people seeking wisdom and enlightenment in the historical recreation of a path in which we have one of the largest corpus of archaeological and textual evidence for any theological system.


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