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Hellenic Polytheist. Layman. Worshipper of all the Theoi. Academic. Book Hoarder. Chronic Tea Drinker. Floral Fanatic

Evening by the lake, Detail. by Max Nonnenbruch

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Étienne Maurice Falconet: Pygmalion and Galatea, 1763.



Happy Mounykhia.

I finally setup my shrines again! Figured it was an appropriate day to do so.

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Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl, The Souls of Acheron (detail). 1898.

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The Chosen Five, Edwin Long R.A.


Georges Diebolt,1816-1861

Sappho, marble 

Musée des Beaux Arts, Dijon, Fr.



By Alphonse Mucha

Czech Art Nouveau artist.



One thing I’m trying to work out — and if I’m wrong or you have info that can help me understand I am all ears, seriously — is exactly what “maiden” means in a modern context.

So if I understand it correctly, Artemis did not necessarily have to be a virgin in the…

Sorry, someone else mentioned it on a reblog and just thought I’d put that in there.

You were right about everything else in your post and unless your path is very, very strict reconstructionist, you’re good.






This is an ancient Roman amulet for luck. Yes those are flying penises.

Also of note, the Roman god of marriage, Mutunus Tutunus, whose name is derived from two Latin slang words for penis. His name is essentially Dick Wiener. If you have ever wondered just how much like us the Romans were, read the etymology section

Oh look.

It’s a flying fuck.

It used to be given, and now look, it’s no more.


This is culturally and historically important, so I can reblog this without feeling childish. (Look, flying dicks!!)

A flying dick a day keeps evil at bay.




King of the jungle

I’m gonna bite it.
I’m gonna bite his little head.

Respect me

Are the ancestors themselves miasmic? Or is it just the process of death and dying that's miasmic? Can I have the chthonic deities on the same dresser surface as the household shrine and ouranic deities? The chthonic deities Themselves can't be miasmic right?


I would generally not have Chthonic and Ouranic entities on the same shrine. But primarily because they require different techniques and means of worship so it would be impractical.

Same table-space? Sure whatever.

And the Underworld =/= miasma. For one thing, miasma can prevent you from dealing with the Chthonic deities too.

Miasma isn’t so much the subject of death as it is a series of things that distract us from the divine, and that generally happen to be related to our being mortals.

Want a basic list, by my reckoning?

  • Illness (physical and mental**)
  • childbirth***
  • menstruation****
  • sexual fluids (dude take a shower seriously)
  • being around dead bodies (I’d attempt to purify when I got home from a funeral, for instance; also note that personally I would include non-human death in this category just in case)
  • violent crimes (“sins” basically)
  • things that are distracting you from the Gods

That’s about it. It’s not so much us being close to death as it is us being so very human.

The idea is that when you approach the Gods, in that moment you should be all about the Gods and what you are doing. If you’re fighting off menstrual cramps or you’re sniffling from a cold or you’re all nasty and haven’t showered from sexytimes or you stink to high heaven or you’re particularly upset about something or you just murdered a dude, you probably are not focusing on the Gods.

Therefore, miasma.

Couple footnotes:

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'Or you're particularly upset about something or you just murdered a dude.'

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Nymph of the River Dargle - 

Frederic Leighton

, 1880

viwan themes