THAILAND, NAKHON CHAISI : A heavily tattooed Buddhist devotee sits among the crowd during an annual tattoo festival, at Wat Bang Phra temple in Nakhon Chaisi west of Bangkok on March 7, 2015.  Thousands of Buddhist devotees gathered at Thailand’s Wat Phra Bang temple for the annual festival celebrating traditional Sak Yant tattoos, which wearers believe will bring them good luck and protection from harm.   AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT                        

NEPAL, Kathmandu : Nepalese Hindu devotees gather to bathe on the first day of month-long Swasthani festival in the Shali River on the outskirts of Kathmandu on January 5, 2015. Hundreds of married and unmarried women in the Himalayan nation have started a month-long fast in the hope of a prosperous life and conjugal happiness. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA

anonymous asked:

What's the difference between being a devotee of Aphrodite and her being your patron? Sorry if I sound ignorant, I'm curious

I used to be the same, don’t worry. Always learning!
“Devotee” is basically the term for more committed worship of a deity. I am a devotee of Demeter, so I tend to worship and ask her for advice more often. I have a close relationship, worshipper to worshippee, with her.
“Patron” in Ancient Greece (I’m not sure about any other religion or region) meant the specific deity for your area, home, or career. In my case, Aphrodite is my patron because I want to be a sexual health educator, in the field of sexology. So even if I did not worship her (as it was when I acknowledged her as my patron), I still have a connection to her through my work. She would be the deity I make offerings to when work is going badly, I need a favor, thanking for good fortune, etc.
In Hellenic polytheism, there is always the encouragement to build a relationship with the deities you worship. A patron is the only relationship of mortal to deity that I am aware of in this religion that requires little personal relationship, relying purely on career or living area.
Of course, the two terms can also cross over, as you can be a devotee of your patron deity.
I hope that helped you, dear Anon!

All the days I felt I wasn’t good enough for you.
The amount of times you told me you loved me were thin and few.
I had to get you drunk due to,
the lack of words you knew
while sober.
I just wanted you, 
to tell me I was valued,
A simple thank you,
for the effort I put into,
just trying to teach you,
how to love me the right way.
I gave you a step by step display, 
where all you had to do was make me feel okay.
Yet, you became so distant in the way
that you NEVER made time for me,
you were always so ‘busy’.
After four years I was the only devotee
to the degree
that while I was trying to fix you and me,
you were trying to find ways to leave.
—  Jade B. (The moments I should’ve left)


I will try to explain them in simple and understandable to everyone:

-Be a good child, good friend, good father or mother, good husband or wife.

-Not to steal, not to kill, not to defame, not to divulge the secrets of the religion.

-Respect for our elders above all, preserve our traditions and fight to ensure compliance.

-Not do within the religion which we do not know that we master well and are authorized to perform.

-Do not lie about the meanings of the signs to the person who receives them, and maintain secrecy about these.

-Be humble and understand that all part of the creation of Olodumare and therefore equal.

-Do not mix with religion obscene topics such as drugs, sex, or others.

-Respect all religions even if they are not ours.

-Allow everyone bring and all persons who wish to know of our religion.

-Do not perform search for supporters of the forced manner, all that Olodumare and Orunmila want to get, come by if only.

These are some of the ethical principles that govern our religion.

Awo Orunmila Omo Odun

NEPAL, Kathmandu : A Nepalese Hindu devotee prepares to perform a mourning ritual at the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu on May 7, 2015. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck the Himalayan nation on April 25, 2015, has had a devastating impact on the economy of Nepal where tourism attracted almost 800,000 foreign visitors in 2013 – many of them climbers heading straight to Mount Everest but also less adventurous tourists seeking the rich cultural history of Kathmandu. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMA