Monday, April 17, 2006

Zeus worshippers want to head for Acropolis

Worshippers of the 12 Olympian gods are planning to ask the Greek government to allow them to practice their faith at ancient sites like the Acropolis.

The followers of this faith have been buoyed by a court ruling in February that allowed the existence of an association, known as Ellinais, whose members claim to worship the Olympian gods.

Ellinais was formed last October by 23 Greeks but in its annual report on religious freedom, the US State Department estimates that some 2,000 people worship the ancient Greek gods.

Sources said Ellinais will seek permission from the Culture Ministry to establish places of worship and to be allowed to worship at ancient temples such as the Parthenon and the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion.

Source: ekathimerini

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