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THE HISTORICAL NOVELS OF KONSTANTINA RITSOU including YouTubes of the songs from The Boy and the Well of Memory, links to purchase this novel and The Lion Souls:
The Historical Novels of Konstantina Ritsou
ANCIENT TEXTS AND HYMNS for study and worship, visit this page:
Texts for Study and Worship in Ancient Greek Religion
CONTEMPORARY HYMNS for the worship of the Gods:
MOVIES THAT BEAR THE SPIRIT OF HELLENISMOS, movies about the ancient world, various other historic periods, as well as movies about contemporary subjects, all that exemplify the best of our philosophy:
The Cinema and Ancient Greek Religion
The Twelve Words of the Gypsy by the great Greek poet Kostis Palamas (1859-1943). Palamas was one of the greatest poets of his age and a national treasure of the Greek people. He was the composer of the lyrics to the Olympic Hymn (music by Spyridon Samaras) which was performed at the opening of the 1896 Olympic games at Athens, the first games of the modern era. While this great work was being performed, eagles were seen hovering over the stadium, something which can be seen in pictures. The Twelve Words of the Gypsy (also called The Twelve Lays of the Gypsy) is a sprawling, mighty work. The link below gives yet more links to YouTubes in both Greek and English of this poem, magnificently read by Hari Politopoulos: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Kostis+Palamas+Word
CROWNED WITH NINE RAYS by Lykeia First volume of the Olympian series in which discusses the gods of Hellas and the application of the historical and philosophical to the modern worship practices. This first volume deals with the worship of the god Apollon through his various epithets, his festivals, myths, and the associations of his natural domain.
About the author:
Lykeia serves Apollon and is devoted to Artemis. She fell in love with the gods at the age of twelve and started actively worshiping them when she was fourteen years old. The highlight of her spiritual life was a trip to Hellas in 2008 where she had the oppertunity to visit Delphi and Olympia among many other wonderful sites. Lykeia has a BA in history with a minor in Literature and directs most of her devotional activity to writing (particularly of sacred poetry) and painting. She current resides with her family and cats in North Carolina.
Please visit this page: Crowned with Nine Rays
The logo to the left is the principal symbol of this website. It is called the CESS logo, i.e. the Children of the Earth and the Starry Sky. The Pætilía (Πετηλία) and other golden tablets having this phrase are the inspiration for the symbol. The image represents this idea: Earth (divisible substance) and the Sky (continuous substance) are the two kozmogonic substances. The twelve stars represent the Natural Laws, the dominions of the Olympian Gods. In front of these symbols is the seven-stringed kithára (κιθάρα), the lyre of Apóllôn (Ἀπόλλων). It (here) represents the bond between Gods and mortals and is representative that we are the children of Orphéfs (Ὀρφεύς).
PLEASE NOTE: Throughout the pages of this website, you will find fascinating stories about our Gods. These narratives are known as mythology, the traditional stories of the Gods and Heroes. While these tales are great mystical vehicles containing transcendent truth, they are symbolic and should not be taken literally. A literal reading will frequently yield an erroneous result. The meaning of the myths is concealed in code. To understand them requires a key. For instance, when a God kills someone, this usually means a transformation of the soul to a higher level. Similarly, sexual union with a God is a transformation.
The story of the birth of the Gods: Orphic Theogony.
We know the various qualities and characteristics of the Gods based on metaphorical stories: Mythology.
Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.
SPELLING: HellenicGods.org uses the Reuchlinian method of pronouncing ancient Greek, the system preferred by scholars from Greece itself. An approach was developed to enable the student to easily approximate the Greek words. Consequently, the way we spell words is unique, as this method of transliteration is exclusive to this website. For more information, visit these three pages:
Pronunciation of Ancient Greek
Transliteration of Ancient Greek
Pronouncing the Names of the Gods in Hellenismos
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