Saturday, December 8, 2018

Temple Of Aphrodite To Be Reburied In Thessaloniki

Earlier this year, the Greek Ministry of Culture announced their plans to rebury an excavated Temple of Aphrodite in the region of Thessaloniki. Interestingly, the temple was found between two rental buildings in 2010, and if I am not mistaken, there was a huge fight around 2011 or 2012 to stop the temple from being covered back up. Amazing videos were released in its defense, but I don't think they can be found now. Being that the temple was found basically underneath present buildings, shows that not only did the new Greeks build churches on top of temples, but also their civilization entirely. Now the Ministry of Culture's statement on the matter of reburial does not indicate malice. The site has, according to them, become too expensive to maintain (which is probably true considering the state of the current Greek economy), and that burial would protect the structure until it could be re-excavated at a later date. A portion of the ruins have been taken for preservation and display at the local museum, but the structure as a whole will be returned to the depths of the earth, despite what may have been the best efforts of local Hellenes at restoration and preservation.

I don't suppose I am angry about the matter itself as it stands today. I would rather it be buried and protected, than to be left in the open with no protection and suffer inevitably even more destruction and desecration from people who have no honor, respect, care or reverence for anything outside of themselves, no matter how old, precious, valuable or notable it is. If you need proof, just look at the litter that was thrown on the ruins of the temple steps several years ago. So at this point, I would actually prefer that the Ministry put the temple back into natural protection than to let a mob destroy it once again.

We must also look to the future as Hellenists and Pagans, especially if we have a special place in our hearts for the Goddess of love and beauty, and build new temples to Her, like the one currently collecting donations for its construction in Springville, Indiana. You can see the gofundme account by clicking HERE.

So let's respond to this by building new temples and places of worship, by constructing new shrines and altars, and by holding celebrations and public rites that honor Her.

In the Goodness of the Gods,
Chris Aldridge.