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 /
Digital Rare Book: The Sundhya or the Daily Prayers of the Brahmins. Illustrated in a series of original drawings from nature, demonstrating their attitudes and different signs and figures performed by them during the ceremonies of their morning devotions, and likewise their poojas. By Mrs. Sophia Charlotte Belnos (b.1795) Published by Day & Son, London - 1851
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
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!
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