This is Hellenismos

This is Hellenismos
Stilian K. Ariston

Athena Promachos

Hellenismos is the indigenous culture of Greece, including the Greek virtue system, religion (“polytheism”), and ethos. Hellenismos is also the ethnic identity and worldview of the ancient and medieval Hellenes. Hellenismos is an autochthon tradition. The term “Hellenismos” means “of the Greeks, Hellenism […]. II. use of a pure Greek style and idiom […].” (Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott: A Greek-English Lexicon, p. 536, 9th edition, Oxford University Press, New York 1996). Simply put, Hellenismos is the “greek way of life” (Richard A. Horsley, Paul and Empire, p. 206, Harrisburg 1997).

To be exact and avoid ambiguities, we must specify that by Hellenismos, in its true meaning, we don´t mean Romiosyni, Byzantium or modern Greece, but only genuine Hellenic culture, also known as ethnikos Hellenismos (in order to distinguish carefully between Hellenic culture and “christian Hellenism” → Romiosyni).

The Hellenes are an ethnos. The word “ethnos” derives from the ancient Greek éthos, meaning “character, idiom, behavior.” An “ethnos” is a group of people sharing a common ethos. A Hellene is someone who participates in Hellenic ethos: language, religion, way of life (“speech, and the shrines of gods and the sacrifices that we have in common, and the likeness of our way of life,” Herodotos, 8.144). The Hellenes are polytheists, or ethnici (from singular Ethnicus: “Heathen”), Hellenismos thus refers to Hellenic ethnicum (“Heathenism”) or religion, which is defined as the “Religious beliefs and practices of the ancient Hellenes” (Encyclopaedia Britannica: “Greek Religion”).

Hellenismos is orthopraxic by its nature. Orthopraxy, the revitalization of Hellenic culture and loyalty towards Hellenism are basic characteristics all Hellenes and Hellenists have in common, regardless of whether they’re platonists or stoics. Hellenismos is polytheistic, cosmotheistic and animistic. It’s not a universal religion, but a culturally specific one. Greek Religion is Minoan-Mycenaean in origin (E.O. James, The Cult Of The Mother Goddess, New York 1959).

Hellenic collective’s principal aim is the full restoration and freedom of an autonomous Hellenic ethnos. The most important Hellenic collective is the YSEE. The Supreme Council of ethnic Hellenes (YSEE) is a nativistic movement. A nativistic movement is defined as any “conscious, organized attempt on the part of a society’s members to revive or perpetuate selected aspects of its culture” (Ralph Linton: Nativistic Movements, in: American Anthropologist. Vol. 45, Nr. 2, 1943, p. 230). People’s economic level, philosophical affiliations, political standpoints or sexual orientations don’t concern Hellenismos. The same, of course, applies to ideologies, political parties or artificial modern opposites (nationalism-internationalism, capitalism-leninism). All these things have no place in Ethnic Religions. “By Ethnic Religion, we mean religion, spirituality, and cosmology (…) grounded in a particular people’s traditions. In our view, this does not include modern occult or ariosophic (…) nor syncretic neo-religions” (European Congress of Ethnic Religions, ECER).

Hellenismos is a religion, a worldview and a way of live, but also an authentic alternative to Occident [1], Orient [2] and Romiosyni [3].

1) Christianity, parliamentarianism, nationalism, internationalism, occultism, “neopaganism
,” New Age.
2) Monotheism, theocracy, mysticism, hermeticism, soteriology, dualism, monasticism.
3) Byzantium, absolutism, “hellenochristian” ideology, archaeocentrism, racial mysticism, ufology.

Hellenismos – Origin and History