Quietly, and without much fanfare, the Greek Government recently approved the indigenous Hellenic religion as a recognized religion, on April 9th, 2017. The official statement, released by the Secretary of the Supreme Council of Ethnic Hellenes, is below
“After more than twenty years of struggle, the Greek state has finally recognized the Hellenic Religion as a «known religion» according to paragraph 17 – the only form of recognition for a religion in Greece. The mentioned paragraph includes the permission to build a temple as well as the right of «public exercise» of any recognized religion. The recognition of Hellenic Religion as a «known religion» is only the first step towards a general recognition of Hellenism. Now the YSEE at Athens is still waiting for recognition as a religious statutory body in Greece. The Supreme council of ethnic Hellenes will approach the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg if the state leaves them no other choice, said its Secretary.”
The group is dedicated to the cause of not only re institutionalizing the freedom to worship their native gods, but to bring about an international recognition of the genocide of the Hellenes by the Eastern Roman Empire and its state church. They are publicly outspoken against racism, nationalism and nazi sympathizers, pointing out the fact that many Odinists were killed alongside Jews and other Pagans during the Holocaust.
As a plains native American Indian myself I was amused to find a photo of a traditional medicine man in full regalia presiding over their meeting. My Greek is terrible and Google translate doesn’t work everywhere so I have no idea what the context of the meeting was, but there is a statement that they wish to “internalize” the “Declaration of War Against Exploiters of Lakota Spirituality”, which was influential in slightly reducing the amount of offensive profiteering taking place within the United States of America by uninitiated, self-titled “shamans” falsely claiming to be practicing true American Indian beliefs.
The rest of the site is filled with informative articles that can easily be translated into English using Google Translate (right click in chrome and select “translate to English”. There’s also a pleasant photo gallery featuring ritual documentation and pictures of the gods against NASA images.
The webpage insists that it is against any kind of syncretic philosophy or occultism, this may seem restrictive or even tyrannical to many occultists, yet it is a necessity. Even though the Hellenic peoples themselves were highly involved in syncretic activities, merging deities with every culture they conquered, this is not necessarily the best way to go forward for a Hellenic reconstructionist effort today. So much has been lost, fractured and completely destroyed within Hellenic culture that allowing random revisionism to creep in would threaten the stability of what they are trying to achieve.
As it is, The Abrahadabra Institute isn’t interested in religion except in its capacity to instill power and raise the foundation of Man via certain theurgical practices. Nor are we concerned with what religion or atheism our members choose. That being said, groups that are highly specialized, careful, scholarly and interested in an authentic, historical assessment are very useful to us, whether they are theistic or atheistic in nature. Most of the work pertaining to the important deity Ningishzidda, who shares the AIQ BKR Gematria value of 418 with Abrahadabra was fulfilled by the secular Ancient Near East study group Enenuru.net and its founder, emerging Assyriologist Bill McGrath. Without their strict adherence to ancient, original, non-syncretic thought, we would never have been able to unearth important aspects of the godform’s characteristics which can be put to good use in practical theurgy, whether or not one views deities as living beings, merely archetypes useful for theurgical framework, or as a mapping of consciousness nodes.
An affiliate website, in English can be found at http://www.labrys.gr they offer some free information and an inexpensive book on household practice. The praxis outlined on the site parallels traditional Hermetic ritual as preserved within The Golden Dawn, Rosicrucian Order and so on, which was interesting to see. The rest of Europe was following in some form of Pagan worship before the advent of iconoclasm, and many nations were hugely influenced by Hellenic culture, so it is a very important part of the occult dialectic, particularly in the case of Hermetic traditions.
We look forward to seeing further developments in the field of Hellenic studies and a revival of the indigenous religion and mystery cults of Greece.