By the power of Zeus, ancient gods are back

Worship of the 12 gods of Mount Olympus associated with ancient Greece could, thanks to a decision by a first-instance court in Athens, become part of the country’s contemporary culture. In a ruling made public yesterday, the court allowed the formation of an association whose members claim to worship Zeus and the other 11 gods. «I support everybody’s right to practice their faith, whichever it may be, without hindrance,» said Apostolos Vrachiolidis, a journalist and one of the founding members of the association. Members of the group deny that they engage in idolatry. «We simply want to worship the gods of our ancestors freely,» a member who preferred to remain anonymous told Kathimerini. The Church of Greece takes a dim view of this type of worship, linking it to New Age practices.