Anonymous asked: Are you able to worship someone like Ganymede, considering he was technically a god?
*I* don’t see why not, but at the same time, there’s no surviving account or description of the cult of Ganymedes as being separate from Zeus or other deities. In fact, the only description of Him in temple art separate from Zeus is from Pausanias’, Description of Greece 5. 26. 2 - 3 :
“Along the left side of the great temple [at Olympia] Mikythos dedicated other offerings: [statues of] Kore [Persephone], daughter of Demeter, Aphrodite, Ganymedes and Artemis, the poets Homer and Hesiod, then again deities, Asklepios and Hygeia.”
There may be more I’m missing or just forgot about, but personally, I’m of the school that polytheist revivals / reconstructions / etc…, should look to Hinduism, as it is today, for a model of “how to do traditional polytheism right”. There’s a baseline of Hindu practise that everyone is assumed to do, including a ritual outline that most rituals adhere to, and we see this when we look to ancient Hellas, too. What your family does is usually what’s most-important, and there are a dozen or so schools of Hindu philosophy —and, again, this, too, is coincidentally how ancient Greek religion worked, too. There are also dozens of shrines and temples to numerous gods, some very, very obscure, and with very little written about that deity’s worship, because it’s all very local oral tradition, and even obscure little “taboo” sects that are considered outside the mainstream of Hinduism, but an outsider can easily see that these “taboo” sects still overlap with much of mainmstream Hinduism.
So, basically, if you want to, or feel called to worship Ganymedes, I see nothing inherently wrong with that, it’s just that worshipping Him alone, rather than alongside Zeus at all times doesn’t look like something easily supported by ancient practise — BUT, if Hellenism were left, like Hinduism, without the overthrow by of Christianity, I’m sure that because He *was* an important cultic figure in mythology and the cult of Zeus, *eventually* I think he’d have had a shrine or two, today.