The Ekklesía Antínoou is excited to be participating in the upcoming Many Gods West conference this weekend, August 5-7, in Olympia, Washington. Members will be hosting a discussion and ritual on Saturday evening titled River Gods West: Antinoan Devotions to Cascadian River Deities
Much of Devotional Polytheism is local practice. Regardless of where our Gods originated we are often practicing our rites and devotions at our home altars or temples, in our local forests, and in the shadow of our local mountains. Antinous was made a God in the waters of the sacred Nile River in Egypt, but His devotees are all over the world doing devotion near their own local rivers. The Ekklesia Antinoou will host a discussion on how to bring wider mythology into local practice, and will invite attendees to participate in a devotional ritual to Antinous that honors River Gods and Antinous, focusing on the spirits and deities of various rivers worldwide, but especially the rivers of the Pacific Northwest and the Deschutes River in Washington that ends in Olympia.
We wish Christodelphia Mythistórima (Sister Krissy Fiction), Jay Logan, Otter, any other devotees of Antinous who will be present, and all those in attendance at the ritual and at the conference, the blessings of the beautiful boy on this undertaking!
The Magistrates of the Ekklesía would also like to remind readers that P. Sufenas Virius Lupus, while an esteemed devotee, scholar, and poet of Antinous, and founder of the Ekklesía Antinoou for whom we have much gratitude and respect, is no longer a member, does not speak for us, and has no authority to determine who may communicate with Antinous. Nor do we, as Magistrates, have any such authority.
We strongly affirm that any person, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, ethnic origin, age, culture, disabilities, nationality, race, or socioeconomic status, may approach Antinous directly and worship him as they see fit, without recourse to the Ekklesía, or to any other person. The Ekklesía Antínoou defines ourselves as a queer, Graeco-Roman-Egyptian, syncretist, reconstructionist, polytheist group devoted to the spirituality and worship of Antinous and related divine figures. Our purpose is not to act as intermediaries between Antinous and individuals, nor to establish dogma or make proclamations on how individuals choose to fashion their own devotional practices. Rather, our hope is to offer information and resources here on the Naós Antínoou blog and web site, as well as our Facebook page, that will make it easier for individuals to approach our God in their own practice with confidence and respect, and seek His blessing, which is His to give or withhold as He chooses.
May the blessings of Antinous abound to all who will be in attendance at Many Gods West, and to all who practice devotion to him!
Ave Vive Antinoe!