Festivals: Democratia

The goddess Democratia (Democracy) was honored in Athens on 12 Boedromion (Mikalson “Heorte” 213) beginning in the 4th century BCE; the goddess received sacrifices, was honored with feasts and processions, was served by a priest and commemorated with a statue. (Stafford “Personifications” 82).

In a modern context, Democratia could be honored during an appropriate existing civic and/or patriotic holiday such as Independence Day (the 4th of July) in the United States. It would also be appropriate to honor her on or near Election Day.

I’ve posted my ritual for Democratia at my other blog.

A PDF version of the ritual script is available here.

References

  • Mikalson, Jon D. “The Heorte of Heortology.” Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies, North America, 23, feb. 2011.
  • Stafford, Emma. “Personification in Greek Religious Thought and Practice.” A Companion to Greek Religion, ed. Daniel Ogden. Blackwell Publishing, Malden, MA, 2007.
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