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Building the Starry Way Part 2: Considering the Continuum

Bacchus may be compared with other double names such as Zeus-Belos, attested in Herodotus and Philo of Byblos. Since Hadad-Baal and Bacchus-Dionysus are both fertility gods portrayed (frequently) with bull horns, syncretism between Hadad-Baal and Bacchus-Dionysos is by no means unnatural. Indeed, Julius Wellhausen seems to have viewed this syncretism as self-evident, speaking of "Baal-Dionysus" …

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Building the Starry Way Part 1: Worldview

In my last post, I talked about my recent interest in becoming a "post-recon" modern polytheist. To begin that work, I decided on the basics of what my personal reconstructed spiritual tradition would be: a modern tradition inspired by the polytheistic religions of the ancient Levant (including some influences from the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans …

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