SACRED GAMES OF ANTINOUS

PROCLAMATIO V ANTINOEIAD
MDCCCXCI - MMXXII

 

MEGALA ANTINOEIA

August 20th, 2022

It is with great joy that we, the Priesthood of the Temple of Antinous
Solemnly announce the coming of the 5th Antinous Games!
To be Celebrated on the Day of the Sacred Lion Hunt
13 Days before the Calends of September
On the 20th of August, Year of Antinous 1891

 

We invite Artists, Poets, Musicians, Performers and Athletes
To prepare submissions for the sacred competition
In honor of Antinous the Gay God
The theme is open to interpretation
With suggested emphasis on Antinous
Or Gay Pagan Spirituality.
Three winners will be selected by a panel of judges.

Fabulous prizes will be awarded!

May the gods of Olympus be with us as we formally announce
The 5th Sacred Games of Antinous
AVE ANTINOUS!

 

 

Send Submissions to:

templeofantinous@gmail.com

 

 

 

1st Place $700

2nd Place $300

3rd Place $200

 

Rules of Submission:

The Deadline to Enter is August 17th, 2022


All submissions must be about Antinous, or include Antinous as their theme or subject matter, or in some discernible way reference Antinous. Performance submissions can be about Homotheosis, Gay Spirituality, Paganism, LGBTQ experiences, or even Abstract but must either demonstrate a connection to Antinous or must begin or end with the submitter stating that their performance is dedicated to Antinous. Athletic submissions must begin, or end with a stated dedication to Antinous.

The following are acceptable categories:

ART
MUSIC
DANCE
THEATER
PERFORMANCE ART
POETRY
LITERATURE
ATHLETICS

REQUIREMENTS

-ART must be submitted as photographs and emailed to templeofantinous@gmail.com

-MUSIC can be submitted as an audio-only file, or as a recorded video performance (preffered)

-DANCE, THEATER and PERFORMANCE ART pieces must be submitted as video and must not exceed standard Youtube time-length requirements.

-ATHLETICS can include any form of athletic demonstration such as weight-lifting, exercise, running, track and field, wrestling, yoga, gymnastics, or any form imaginable that can be captured in short video form.

LITERATURE can be fiction, nonfiction, essays, academic research papers, or autobiographical works. It is recommended that Literary submissions be reasonably short in form, although there is no official limitation to the length of form of a submission. If submitting a novel or book, a short treatment or synopsis is recommended and a link to where the full work can be purchased or downloaded. Blog entry submissions or articles will also be accepted, a link to the blog page or article must be provided

Additional submissions that do not fall into the above categories will be considered at the discretion of the Convener of the Games.

RULES
1)All Submission must be Antinous. Performance pieces and Athletics must be verbally dedicated to Antinous. No non-Antinous related Submissions will be accepted. The decision as to whether a submission conforms to this requirement will be made by the Convener of the Games

2)Only One Entry can be submitted per Compeditor. Multiple pieces can be submitted but they will all be considered One entry and will be presented together as a single Submission.

3)All submissions must be the original work of the Compeditor. Additional participants in the entry are allowed, but only the submitter will be considered to be the Competitor and only the submitter will be eligible to receive an award.

4)No submissions made during a previous Sacred Games of Antinous will be allowed

5)All Competitors must be over the age of 18 to participate

6)Submissions must conform to the rules of usage of Facebook and Youtube

7)Submissions must not violate copyright laws or any other federal, statem lawsor loc

 

 

 

 

1st Place $700

2nd Place $300

3rd Place $200

ART - paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography

LITERATURE - fiction, nonfiction, poetry, novels, articles, memes

PERFORMANCE - theater, performance art, dance, ceremonies, athletics, music (including audio only)

The First Place winner will also receive a tripod incense burner

 

 

Please make a Donation to the Temple of Antinous via Paypal to support the Sacred Games

 

 

 
 

THE ANCIENT GAMES

The Sacred Games of Antinous, called Megala Antinoeia, were held every four years by the ancient cult of Antinous in various cities where his cult was strong, the greatest of these was held in the holy city of Antinoopolis. The games were solemnly celebrated for 300 years until they were finally abolished by the Christian rulers.

The first games are believed to have been held in the year 131 C.E. only one year after the death and deification of Antinous in Egypt, at the site of his holy city Antinoopolis, which was still under construction. By the time of the 2nd Antinoeiad, four years later, in 134, the city was adequately finished to accommodate large crowds and many important Roman officials came from distant parts of the Empire to observe, and many of the finest young athletes, artists and musicians came from every corner of the world to compete.

Ancient competitors were primarily young teenage men called Ephebes. In Antinoopolis the games included swimming, rowing, footraces, boxing, wrestling, and horse & chariot races held in the magnificent hypodrome of the city. But the Antinous games were unique in that they included competition in the arts and music, with theater and poetry and visual arts...it was a magnificent spectacle meant to glorify the beautiful gay god!

The over-all winner was consecrated as the living embodiment of Antinous and given citizenship in Antinoopolis, with an all-expense-paid life of luxury and adoration. The victor was crowned with a wreath of the pink lotus flowers, the sacred emblem of Antinous and was worshiped in the temple as the representative of Antinous, and emblem of youth and perfect masculinity. Thus the winner was the Divine Ephebe Antinous reincarnated!

 

THE MODERN GAMES

We the current-day believers and worshipers of Antinous have re-inaugurated the Sacred Gay Games, hoping to bring back the spirit of the ancient games as a way to glorify the name of the beautiful god in the manner of his ancient Greek ancestors, and also as a way to glorify and celebrate the talents and prowess of our gay brothers and sisters, and of all those who honor Antinous and wish to take part in his Sacred Games. While the Antinous games were never officially celebrated as "gay games" it is quite obvious that a level of homosexuality was always present as an underlying sacred basis to the celebration. It is this spirit that we wish to recapture, that the Sacred Antinous Games are a celebration of the Homosexual sacred state of blessedness, beauty, glory, talent and profound depth of feeling and spirituality. In keeping with the ancient tradition that was upheld for so long even through the difficult times that preceded the collapse of the classical world, we hold out the hope that these Gay Games will in some small measure restore to the world a piece of the Golden Age, when Hadrian was the great enlightened ruler, and a beatiful, graceful, athletic, young gay man was held up as an emblem of the glory and the peace of the civilized world.

This marks the 5th time modern worshipers in the Religion of Antinous have celebrated the Megala Antinoeia together since the first re-inauguration of the games in 2006. It is our great dream and aspiration to continue with these Gay Antinous Games every four years for as long as we have Courage, Devotion, and Hope for the Future!

The Next Games, VI Megala Antinoeia will be held on August 20th, 2026!

AVE ANTINOUS!

   
 

PAST ANTINOEIAD CHAMPIONS

We Honor and bless all those who compete in the Sacred Games of Antinous
And we glorify the Champions that their heroic names may live in Trimph for all eternity!

 

   
 
 

IV ANTINOEIAD

2018

   
 
   
 

LINDA LARSON
Of New Mexico and Chicago

Who painted three magnificent images of Antinous which were universally hailed as a great achievement and advancement in the modern corpus of Antinous artwork. We hail Linda Larson who has been a devoted member of the Temple of Antinous for many years and is currently working towards establishing a new “School of Antinous” which she envisions to be a society of artists dedicated to the creation of Antinous art and imagery in a manner similar to the ancient “school of Antinous” artists who created the vast number of Antinous images found all over the world. As her prize of victory, she received $500 plus a tripod incense burner as a trophy.
May Antinous Bless the Champion of the IV ANTINOEIAD sacred games.

 

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2nd Place went to Keith Lance of California, who recreated an Antinous devotional ceremony using dolls

3rd Place went to Michel Valim of Rio de Janeiro Brazil, for his Bacchus inspired photographs

 

   
   
 
 

III ANTINOEIAD

2014

   
 
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Held on August 20th, 2014

THE GAMES OF ANTINOUS WINNING VIDEO
SEEN BY 80,000 ON FACEBOOK

"THESE have been the most glorious Games of Antinous since they were held in ancient times," Antonius Subia said after announcing winners of the III Antinoeiad ... the modern Games which drew submissions from artists from around the world.

"The Ancient Games were held for 300 years, and their main function was to enhance the glory of Antinous," Antonius added. "And that is what our goal was, and these games have attracted the attention of thousands of people, many of whom had never heard of Antinous the Gay God before!"

The Games were a huge success! Everyone who participated felt that they were taking part in a very special event, and that the spirit Antinous was felt to be very active and influential in the proceedings, a high level of competitive spirit was reached, with the three winners each at one point taking the position of front runners, until at last, by a great margin, a final victor emerged!

 

 

FIRST PLACE CHAMPION
of the Sacred Antinous Games, with a winning song and video, seen by over 80,000 Facebook followers, is:

Pietro Adjano from Brazil!

Pietro attended the Sacred Games ceremonies via Skype, held at the Hollywood Temple of Antinous on the night of his triumph and graciously said:

"It was a great joy and honor to participate in third Sacred Games, and I want to take this opportunity to say how grateful I am to all the people on Facebook who clicked 'Like' on my entry."

As Champion of the 2014 Games of Antinous, Pietro Adjano received a bronze replica Greek incense tripod with goats heads, a pewter handcast Antinous medal made by Antonius Subia plus $500 in cash!


See Pietro's Adjano's Winning Video on Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP3ewuqx1Pk

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Second-Place went to Frater Aser Nox of Romania for his artwork depiction of Saint Sebastian as an icon for gay oppression . He received a pewter cruet by Royal Holland, a resin Antinous cameo cast by Antonius Subia, and $250 in cash.

Click to view Frater's Sebastian

 

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Third-Place honors go Dallan Chantal of Brazil for a prose "Hymn to Pan" which received the third-highest number of Likes at the ANTINOUS THE GAY GOD FACEBOOK page. His prize is a mounted replica Greek handpainted amphora plus a resin Antinous cameo cast by Antonius as well as $100 in cash.

"I am very honored to have taken part in these Games and to have helped spread the love of Antinous," Dallan said during the Skype ceremonies which drew in a dozen people from Hollywood to Christchurch New Zealand and from Brazil to Germany.

Click to read Dallan's Hymn to Pan

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These three prize-winners were among 15 artists who submitted entries. Winners were chosen on the basis of "Likes" clicked by visitors to the Antinous the Gay God Facebook page. All of the contestant's entries were excellent and in the spirit of the games, including several art works and poems on the subject of Antinous and of the gods.

The awards ceremony was a great event, but they were only the culmination of the Skype proceedings, which included ritual ceremonies in honor of the Sacred Lion Hunt during which Hadrian and Antinous slew a man-eating lion in August of the year 130 AD in Egypt.

Also, homage was paid to the Rosy Lotus of Antinous ... the fabled pink waterlily which was said to have spring forth spontaneously from the lion's blood which splattered the banks of the Nile.

An additional high point of the evening was when Antonius unveiled the colossal bust of Antinous. It is a plaster copy obtained from a California bronze works atelier which was cast from a mold taken from the famous Townley Antinous in the British Museum. This plaster bust has in the past been loaned out by the atelier to Hollywood studios for use as props in movie productions.

Now this exact copy of the Townley Bust, an actual image of Antinous from the ancient religion has found its permanent home on the Sacred Altar of the Hollywood Temple of Antinous!

 

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The Games were a great triumph for the modern cult of Antinous, his name and image were made known to nearly 100,000 people around the world, many of whom had probably never heard of him before. It was a great success on all levels, and raised a a heightened level of love and enthusiasm between all those who participated. The power of Homotheosis was raised to new heights by all those who participated. And we would like to extend our deepest thanks to all those who participated, whether by donating money to the prize fund, by assisting with the preparations for the event, or by voting for their favorite entry...but most especially we would like to especially thank and give our warmest blessings to all those who contributed to the games by submitting entries and taking part in the competition on a very personal level. With great joy and love, we ask that Antinous shower his blessing upon them.

And now with such successful and wonderful games behind us,
W e look forward to the IV Antinoeiad in 2018!

 

   
   
 
 

2nd ANTINOEIAD

2010

   
 
 

Kevin Kihn

(Visionary Artist, SF Bay Area)

"The subject is Helios as the Beautiful Boy. As you may recall, the image is based on the Hermetic writings of Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake in 1600 because the Church didn't like his ideas - always a good recommendation in my book. I think Hadrian would have recognized this figure as the type of Helios, such as one might have seen depicted in the temples of Mithras. The second is the Sun, the third is Mercury, and the fourth is Mars. The same principle applies to all the others, including Mars. The ultimate goal (or one of them) is to create a pantheon featuring all the classical deities"

 

 
 

 

 

     
 
 

1st ANTINOEIAD

2006

   
 
 

Warren Lee Williamson

(The Wizard Warren)

JUNE 2, 1939 - MARCH 13, 2012

Warren once saw a beautiful young man at an Easter choral performance with long dark hair... the boy was a radiant glimpse of Antinous wearing Roman sandals and a T-shirt that said "OSIRIS RISING" across his chest ... He turned and smiled at Warren ... and then vanished into the crowd. Warren wrote this Haiku verse in honor of that beautiful apparition ...

 

 

 

"Antinous Epiphanios"

Maundy Thursday's King,
Brazen, Antinous smiling,
Osiris Rising!

   

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WE LOVE THE WIZARD WARREN

(1st Champion of the Modern Antinous Games)

 

         
       
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