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    Hellenistic Theocracy is a religious ideology that supports a theocratic government with the Ancient Greece religion, called Hellenism. He is poly-theistic, believing in the 12 main Greek gods of the pantheon. In modern times, he is considered part of Neo-Paganism-icon.png Neo-Paganism. He believes in all the gods of the greek mythology. He is usually seen with other pagan balls.

    Beliefs

    Hellenism believes in the 12 gods of the Greek Pantheon: Zeus, Hera, Athena, Apollo, Poseidon, Ares, Artemis, Demeter, Aphrodite, Dionysos, Hermes, Hephaistos, as well as Greek mythology. Many original Hellenic beliefs have been lost, meaning moderns groups follow reconstructions based off of elements of ancient Greek religion and honoring Greek gods, but with heavily syncretic elements drawn from Hermeticism and 19th century folklore studies. Many of these modern reconstructionists are neopagan groups, such as Wicca and Thelema.

    Concepts and values

    Eusebeia

    Eusebia (Εὐσέβεια) is often translated as piety or reverence towards the gods,it can also be translated as right action, and is often used similarly to the term dharma in Hinduism.The focus of Eusebeia for modern Hellenists is to act in a way that honors the gods and goddesses, and by extension other sentient beings, rather than to adhere to a particular set of beliefs. Eusebeia is central to modern Hellenist practice and is one of Hellenism's most important virtues.

    Arete

    Arete (Ἀρετή) is often translated as excellence or moral virtue. Arete is intrinsic to the concept of living up to one's potential. For modern Hellenists, arete is one of the most important virtues, and it is believed that cultivating it will lead to a good life of happiness and prosperity.[23] Cultivating arete is not limited to just one domain, but also refers to the improvement of all aspects of one's existence. In the Iliad and Odyssey of Homer, "arete" is used mainly to describe heroes and nobles and their mobile dexterity, with special reference to strength and courage, but it is not limited to this. Penelope's arete, for example, relates to co-operation, for which she is praised by Agamemnon. The excellence of the gods generally included their power, but, in the Odyssey, the gods can grant excellence to a life, which is contextually understood to mean prosperity.

    Xenia

    Xenia (Ξενία) is the concept of hospitality and is sometimes translated as 'guest-friendship' or 'ritualized friendship'.It is an institutionalized relationship, rooted in generosity, gift exchange, and reciprocity; fundamental aspects of xenia. Historically, hospitality towards foreigners (Hellenes not of your polis) and guests was a moral obligation. Hospitality towards foreign Hellenes honored Zeus Xenios (and Athena Xenia) patrons of foreigners.In aristocratic circles, as early as the Homeric epics, it was as a sort of fictitious kinship, cemented not only by ties of hospitality and gift exchange but by an obligation to promote the interests of the xenos. Theoxenia is a theme in Greek mythology in which human beings demonstrate their virtue or piety by extending hospitality to a humble stranger (xenos), who turns out to be a disguised deity (theos) with the capacity to bestow rewards. In modern meaning this could mean hospitality towards immigrants and refugees

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