Re-Hellenization — Ethnic-Religious Identity Reconsidered

The contemporary Pagan faces numerous challenges in society. One challenge, a challenge shared among alternative religious movements, is legitimacy. Accusers claim that Pagans do not hold sincere beliefs. Instead of possessing true piety, Pagans are accused of “live-action role-playing” (Larping), a term referring to role-playing games in which individuals dress up in costumes and act out their characters. Pagans are seen by some as role-playing, reliving, or acting out their fantasies about ancient civilizations. Greeks identifying as religiously ‘ethnic’…