Greek Gods – Greek Absinthe!

Fascinating news from Greece!

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Ancient Greek Gods still revered on Mount Olympus

Worshippers who believe in the 12 gods of ancient Greece have been celebrating their faith on Mount Olympus. But it was a service which was highly contentious. A court, last year, granted official recognition of the group and their revived religion, despite vigorous opposition from the highly conservative Greek Orthodox Church which dismisses the group as merely pagan. At the heart of the faith is a belief in Zeus and 11 other gods. Many of its members appear to be elderly academics, lawyers and other professionals.

One of its leaders, Doretta Pappa is a writer and calls herself a “high priestess”. She says the group has over 400,000 members but, due to opposition, they have, until now, been forced to worship in secret. Officials of the Orthodox Church have described the followers of the “Olympic gods” as resuscitators of a degenerate, dead religion. But Doretta Pappa and her members are pushing for the same rights as the Druids have in Britain, who worship at the ancient monument of Stonehenge. (Euronews)

Can anyone guess who wrote this:

“it was a bar with a few rooms over it, kept by a Greek, smelling of hot oil and garlic and stale wine and old clothes, a place where the small Greek traders came and played draughts and listened to the wireless. He stayed there a month drinking Greek absinthe, occasionally wandering out, they didn’t know where, coming back and drinking again.”

15 responses to “Greek Gods – Greek Absinthe!

  1. Yes, fascinating I am sure. What’s it got to do with absinthe? I have never had any Greek abinthe, wonder what it is like?

  2. 🙂 like a cool Aegean breeze with a hint of degenerate religion

  3. By Greek absinthe the writer probably means Ouzo. I can’t seem to find any mention of an absinthe from Greece. When was it written?

  4. Evelyn Waugh. What’s the prize?

  5. Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited 1945. Correct! How about a copy of Dr Absinthe’s new book “Absinthe Regurgitated” 2007?😈

  6. ha ha ha..

    On a less silly note, let us remember that after the ban it would have been logical for other countries to start production. There were millions of thirsty French, Swiss etc. Perhaps Greece did have an absinthe industry?

    Also, the period directly after the ban was a period of triumph for the Czech Republic. Independence was declared on October 28, 1918. The amazing art deco buildings of that time, such as Hotel Europa and the literary cafes, were certainly serving absinthe inside. Where did it come from? Spain? I don’t think so.

  7. DrAbsinthe writes: “Independence was declared on October 28, 1918. The amazing art deco buildings of that time, such as Hotel Europa and the literary cafes, were certainly serving absinthe inside. Where did it come from? Spain? I don’t think so.”

    How do you know they were serving absinthe there? I didn’t think you were that old!

    More seriously, French absinthe was sold in other markets in Europe into the 1930’s, so if they did serve absinthe, it could easily have been from France.

    This book

    http://www.drinkboy.com/Library/BookList/NewSavoy.html

    has over 40 cocktails containing absinthe as served by the London Savoy in 1930.

    Of course if you have access to documentary evidence that anyone in the Czech Republic/former Czechoslavakia was making absinthe or even Czech Wormwood bitter before 1990, many people, including me, would be very interested to see it.

  8. Is it correct that the French allowed the export only of absinthe after the ban? They were still manufacturing?

    Those joints I mentioned were selling absinthe, there are menus knocking around which mention it. Regarding manufacture : haven’t you seen the Olivia site? I know nothing about that, but I can read what it says.

    The point about Castro, from another thread, is an interesting one. Did he continue to allow absinthe manufacture after his revolution? Hemmingway used to drink Cuban absinthe, didn’t he? When was that?

  9. Lots of questions to which I can’t give you the full answers. If Oxygenee comes back, he could help.

    Alternatively if you joined one of the forums and asked the questions there, you’d get answers from a very well informed group.

  10. According to Conrad the French manufacturers were not permited to export the surplus. The Govt “decided it was not worth “poisoning” others to rid France of a problem”. Conrad also says that Ernest Hemmingway’s absinthe was from Key West and illicit.

  11. It’s an interesting idea that absinthe was considered to be a dangerous decadent drink by the commies. What is scandalous is that these vandals still exist in the Czech Republic, under the name Komunistická strana Čech a Moravy.

  12. My favourite God (actually I’m a agnostic hedonist), Odin must have a seizure when he hear s that those little midgets from that vast expanse of dead water are not considering more manly drinks (joke!).
    I tell you what, I must try shochu with absinthe!
    Anyone interested?
    Cheers,
    Robert-Gilles

  13. Agnostic hedonist! Good idea! Live in hope and hedonism…🙂 Please let us know how the shochu absinthe combo works, Robert-Gilles. Wormwood sake exists? or is that heresy?

  14. Not sake, but shochu!
    Sake is not to be mixed. Period.
    BUT… shochu, not problem. I’m you would like it!
    Cheers,
    Robert-Gilles

  15. Shochu and absinthe has to be a heady brew! The Japanese have an absinthe called Hermes, according to the books. It was always available in Asia, I believe.

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