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A diffuse and popular religion

Greece’s religious landscape is highly marked by a popular and community religious culture and diffuse religion. Greek Orthodoxy, particularly marked by church attendance on special occasions, mainly operates as a point of reference and cultural reservoir, regardless of the degree of religious belief.
Religiosity in Greece is rooted in society in the liturgical sense and in several popular forms. In the Orthodox Church the clergy functions only as a mediator between God and the people. Thus, the priest’s role in Greece is first and foremost liturgical and charismatic. Furthermore, the lower clergy has always identified itself with the Greek people and the followers of the Church without forming a separate social class. Thus, there is a very relaxed relationship between individuals and the Church, which explains the popular character of Greek orthodoxy.

D 19 September 2012    ALina Molokotos

CNRS Unistra Dres Gsrl

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