Ancient Greece Gods Pictures
One of the most important parts of the Greek mythology are the Ancient Greek Gods.
The religion is ancient Greece has been polytheistic, meaning that they did not worship one, but many deities.
1. Aphrodite ,the goddess of love
Those twelve gods, blessed with powers and cursed with human emotions like love and anger. For example Zeus, in Greek Dias, is famous for his love affairs with semi-goddesses and mortals, which always caused the envy of his wife Hera. Their residence has been atop the Mount Olympus, the highest mountain of Greece, from which derives also their characteristic name, Olympian Gods.
Greek ancient gods were worshipped by the ancient Greeks, who built temples and sacrificed animals or even humans for them. They also constructed temple which were dedicated to them. Very famous is considered the Parthenon, in Athens Acropolis, which was constructed for the goddess Athena, which was the protector of ancient Athens. Another very famous temple is the one of Apollo in Delphi. This temple has been the famous Delphic oracle, from where the priestess Pythia gave her orations.
Moreover to please their gods, Greeks had numerous festivals. These religious rituals were repeated each, or every two or for years at the same season. Though they differed a lot, the goal of all of them has been to maintain a goods relationship with the gods. The festivals of Athens are the best known. Each festival has been dedicated to a god:
In these festivals everyone, whether reach or poor, could participate - though usually there have been limitations for women.
As early Christians rose to political power, the public aspects of Greek religion and culture were systematically exterminated, plunging Europe into the Dark Ages. Gradually the temple where destroyed and churches have been constructed from their remnants usually at the same position. As the new religion prevailed, even calling one Greek equaled calling someone a pagan. The European renaissance was primarily the rediscovery and reintroduction of the culture and learning of ancient Greek religion and society by western Europe. Many neo-pagan religious paths, such as Wicca, use aspects of ancient Greek religions in their practice, although the vast majority of modern Greeks are enlisted as Orthodox Christians.
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