One would think that it must be glorious, to live in the home of your hearth culture, with all of its rich history. What better location to honor the Gods of that place, than right there in Their own stomping grounds? I know that I would be thrilled just for the chance to celebrate one high day in Ireland, and especially a particularly Celtic holiday like Samhain or Imbolc.. or perhaps Summer Solstice on the Isle Of Man. Unfortunately, it's not so for these Hellenes. Referred to by at least one Orthodox Church official as a "handful of miserable resuscitators of a degenerate dead religion", not only are they not allowed to pray at ancient temples, but in order to get permission to build their own temples, Greek law requires that they have the approval of none less than the local Orthodox Bishop. Apparently while not many Greek people are especially religious these days, the Orthodox faith remains a large part of Greek identity.
How about this one, though.. courtesy of Oxford Professor of Ancient History, Robert Parker.
"I don't think you can roll the clock back. You can't import an ancient religion into a completely different environment and social system." His two words for those who do try doing so? "Kooky" and "ridiculous".
Long live kooky and ridiculous!