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From c_korone



Q: Which culture and pantheon do you honor?
A: Hellenic

Q: Why did you choose this culture?
A: Aphrodite whacked me on the side of the head, and the Greek gods seem to come as a set (at least eventually).

Q: How long have you been practicing?
A: I've been devoted to Aphrodite for something over four years now.

Q: If you hadn’t chosen this culture, would you have chosen another culture?
A: Well, as a dual-faith person, I think my answer has to be "yes"; however, since Aphrodite was responsible for my becoming a hard polytheist in the first place and leading me off the beaten neopagan path, I can't say for sure what would have happened.

Q: Did you practice a religion before you came to your current one?
I was an eclectic Wiccan-based pagan of a philosophical bent. (Before that agnostic, before that nominally Christian.)

Q: If so, why did you leave those former religions?
I left Christianity for agnosticism because I didn't believe. I left agnosticism for neopaganism because, while far from a perfect fit, enough of it resonated with me for me to stay a while. I left generic neopaganism because I became a hard polytheist and subsequently more demanding.

Q: What do you like most about your religion and culture?
The gods. Seriously, nothing else comes close.

Q: What do you like least about your religion and culture?
Oh, some of the cultural aspects (position of women in society) would be problematic if anyone were actually trying to recreate them--as far as I know, no one is. I also have some trouble finding a way to view miasma that doesn't relegate it to that same category in my own mind.

Q: Name some of your ethics.
My ethics were not formed by my religion. They haven't changed since I became a recon, but I think they just didn't have to.

Q: How do you view the gods?
As individual entities of great but not infinite power.

Q: Who is your favorite deity in your pantheon?
Aphrodite.

Q: Your least favorite deity?
That's hard to say, since I think they tend to work as a team--there are some I find more opaque, and some I am less likely to turn to, but that's not the same thing as having a "least favorite."

Q: Do you honor deities from outside your pantheon?
Yes. See below.

Q: What is your favorite myth?
The story of Pygmalion and Galatea :).

Q: Do you practice any sort of magic or mysticism?
No.

Q: Do you honor your ancestors and/or local spirits?
Not like I should.

Q: Do you speak the ancient language(s) relevant to your religion?
No.

Q: Do you practice alone or in a group?
Alone.

Q: What do you think about Wicca?
I have no problem with it, I'm just not interested in it for myself.

Q: What do you think about Christianity?
I have no problem with it, I'm just not interested in it for myself.

Q: What do you think about Recons from cultures other than your own?
I generally like them :).




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Q: Which culture and pantheon do you honor?
Norse.

Q: Why did you choose this culture?
They seemed comfortable--rather, I seemed to be comfortable with them.

Q: How long have you been practicing?
Almost four years.

Q: If you hadn’t chosen this culture, would you have chosen another culture?
Yes, see above.

Q: Did you practice a religion before you came to your current one?
I was an eclectic Wiccan-based pagan of a philosophical bent. (Before that agnostic, before that nominally Christian.)

Q: If so, why did you leave those former religions?
I left Christianity for agnosticism because I didn't believe. I left agnosticism for neopaganism because, while far from a perfect fit, enough of it resonated with me for me to stay a while. I left generic neopaganism because I became a hard polytheist and subsequently more demanding.

Q: What do you like most about your religion and culture?
The gods, the possibility for real-world (not just net) community.

Q: What do you like least about your religion and culture?
The division between folkish and universalist heathenry. The need some people have to define themselves as heathen by excluding others from that name.

Q: Name some of your ethics.
I don't know that my ethics are particularly informed by anything heathen-specific. I don't especially disagree with things like the Nine Noble Virtues, but they're not the source.

Q: How do you view the gods?
As individual entities who are powerful but must obey the same natural laws as the rest of us (although they can bend them a bit more than we can :)).

Q: Who is your favorite deity in your pantheon?
I don't have one, although I tend to deal most with the Vans, Thor, Sif and so forth. Really I'm kind of a generalist.

Q: Your least favorite deity?
I don't have one, although there are a few I'm a little more circumspect about approaching.

Q: Do you honor deities from outside your pantheon?
Yes, see above.

Q: What is your favorite myth?
The story of Thor retrieving his hammer. (I know it's not one of the heavier myths but it's such a good story! :))

Q: Do you practice any sort of magic or mysticism?
No.

Q: Do you honor your ancestors and/or local spirits?
Not as much as I should, other than in sumbel.

Q: Do you speak the ancient language(s) relevant to your religion?
No.

Q: Do you practice alone or in a group?
With a group.

Q: What do you think about Wicca?
I have no problem with it, I'm just not interested in it for myself.

Q: What do you think about Christianity?
I have no problem with it, I'm just not interested in it for myself.

Q: What do you think about Recons from cultures other than your own?
I generally like them :). Haven't met many in person, though.

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