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Zoroastrian Beliefs Greek The ancient greeks attitude towards their religion beliefs Greek religion, spreading as it did over many centuries and many different city-states, incorporated a great deal of variety in its beliefs.
Nevertheless, the "pantheons current among different communities have enough in common to be seen as essentially one system, and were generally understood as such by the Greeks.
Even Zeus, the mightiest of all gods, was subject to the powerful force of Destiny or Fate. The Delphic Oracle told Lyidan inquirers that "no one, not even the god, can escape his appointed fate. The Universe The ancient Greeks viewed the earth as a flat disk floating on the river of Ocean.
In Plato's Timaeus, the world is treated as a living thing, with body and soul. The primary source for the ancient Greek creation myth is Hesiod's Theogony. According to this account, four divine beings first came into existence: Then the world came into existence when Earth was forcibly separated from her consort Heaven Uranus for a time so that she might give birth.
To effect this separation, Uranus' genitals were severed by his son Cronus the father of Zeus and thrown into the sea, from which rose Aphrodite. Amazons - race of female warriors Keres - evil female spirits Medusa —a winged female monster with hair made of snakes.
Satyrs — half-man, half-goat nature spirits who dwelled in woods and mountains and were lusty followers of Dionysus Centaurs — half-man, half-horse creatures who were wild and lawless but possessed cultural knowledge Sirens - Typhon - represents disorder and devastation Human Nature and Purpose of Life Plato emphasized the existence of a soul that is separate and distinct from the body.
He also insisted on its natural immortality. Religiously speaking, the most important thing to do in life is believe in the gods and perform the proper sacrifices and rituals.
This would avoid reprisals both from gods and fellow human beings and encourage gifts from the gods. Greek religion was this-world oriented; any postmortem benefits of religious beliefs and actions were only peripherally considered, if at all.
Death and the Afterlife "I'd rather be a day-laborer on earth working for a man of little property than lord of all the hosts of the dead. In Homer's epics, the dead are "pathetic in their helplessness, inhabiting drafty, echoing halls, deprived of their wits, and flitting purposelessly about uttering batlike noises.
Only terrible sinners like Tantalus, Tityus and Sisyphus were punished after death; similarly, only a select few ended up in the paradisical Elysian Fields.
Hades With the rare exceptions mentioned above, Hades was the universal destination of the dead in Greek religion until the latter half of the 5th century BCE. Hades was a cold, damp and dark realm that was guarded by the god of the same name.
The "gates of Hades" were guaded by the fearsome hound Cerberus, who wags his tail for new arrivals but does not allow anyone to leave. Without proper burial, one cannot enter the gates of Hades. The river Styx is the boundary between earth and Hades, but Hades has other rivers as well e.
A similar concept is found in Japanese Buddhism in the Sanzu River, which the dead must cross on the way to the afterlife. Tartarus In Greek religion, Tartarus was the deepest region of the underworld, lower than Hades.
Hesiod wrote that it would take an anvil nine days to fall from heaven to earth and another nine to fall from earth to Tartarus. Hades, not Tartarus, is the place of the dead but some especially wicked characters have been imprisoned in Tartarus to be punished.
It is where Sisyphus, thief and murderer, must repeatedly push a boulder up a hill for eternity; where Ixion, who killed his father-in-law, is attached to a flaming wheel; and where Tantalus is kept just out of reach of cool water and grapes for sharing the secrets of the gods with humans.
Tartarus is also where monsters and other enemies have been cast after being defeated by the gods, including the Cyclopes, the Titans and Typhus. In Roman mythology, Tartarus was the eternal destination of sinners in general.
Elysium Elysium also called Elysian Fields or Elysian Plain was a paradise inhabited at first only by the very distinguished, but later by the good. Elysium first appears in Homer's Odyssey as the destination of Menelaus.
It is located at the western ends of the earth and is characterized by gentle breezes and an easy life like that of the gods. Closely related to Elysium is Hesiod's Isles of the Blessed, mentioned in his Works and Days, which was located in the western ocean.Other Attitude & hospitality.
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Filoxenia and attitudes towards tourist hospitality 'Filoxenia' ("friend to foreigners"), is an important point of pride for Greeks, and is something rooted in ancient times and in mythology.
In the latter, Zeus was said to have disguised himself as a poor man, dressing himself in rags, so that he could visit the homes of Greeks and see how they treated strangers.
Greek religion was not based on a written creed or body of dogma. Nevertheless, certain sacred writings survive in the form of hymns, oracles, inscriptions, and instructions to the dead.
Most elaborate are the Homeric Hymns, some of which may have been composed for religious festivals, though their subject matter is almost entirely mythological. The ancient Greeks worshipped many gods, each with a distinct personality and domain.
Greek myths explained the origins of the gods and their individual relations with mankind. The art of Archaic and Classical Greece illustrates many mythological episodes, including an established iconography of.
Greek religion, spreading as it did over many centuries and many different city-states, incorporated a great deal of variety in its beliefs. Nevertheless, the "pantheons current among different communities have enough in common to be seen as essentially one system, and were generally understood as such by the Greeks.".
Greek religion, religious beliefs and practices of the ancient Hellenes. Greek religion is not the same as Greek mythology, which is concerned with traditional tales, though the two are closely interlinked.
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