As per here, recently made note of a BBC entry in its online Magazine:
“The Greeks who worship the ancient gods” by Matthew Brunwasser PRI’s The World, Mount Olympus — http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22972610
Here’s a different excerpt from the same article:
,,, These groups are idealizing an ancient religion that had little to do with ethics or morality.
“The whole point of it is that you keep the gods sweet – you scratch their back, they will scratch yours,” says Peter Jones, co-founder of Friends of Classics.
“You establish a quid pro quo relationship… It is simply an acknowledgement of the gods, in the hope that the gods will help you,” he says. “Values and virtues are entirely meaningless in ancient terms.”
Which might not be a good idea considering some gods have lightning bolt fingertips whereas others toss it around like you or I might a Frisbee.
Here’s yet another quote from the article. The fellow being quoted is the same Peter Jones, co-founder ‘Friends of Classics’, who’s quoted above.
“Ancient religion embraces every feature of the natural world. The original deities are earth and sky. Sky comes down to earth and copulates … [the gods] are made by the world, they are internal to the world.
You never know when you might stumble across a god. Greek myths are just stories about the gods, they are not sacred texts in any way – there was no such thing as a Greek bible.”