History: Druids were experts on rituals and cult, as they performed these rituals. They worshipped in the open nature, such as rivers, tree groves, lakes, and island which were cult sites and retained their association with the sacred long after the Celts disappeared. Historically, Druids believed and worshipped warrior heroes with supernatural powers, the sacredness of the earth, Mother nature, the Goddess of fertility and protection, and the bringer of life. The Celts spread into Europe from 3000
The Druids The Celtic people have a long history. They have been portrayed in films and other such forms of entertainment many times over. They are seen as a mystery to most. They are shrouded not only in their hooded cloaks but also in mysticism. Since Christian times Druids have been depicted as wizards, sorcerers, and soothsayers. In Pre-Christian times, however, they were revered as philosophers, judges, educators, historians, doctors, seers, astronomers, and astrologers. The word "druidae"
reasons of entertainment. However, many believe that this ancient power coursed through past civilizations. Druids were thought to be capable of this power, they were shamans, high ranking religious figures in a society. They were said to have the ability to see into the future, the power to heal, the power to destroy, and the power to communicate with animals and spirits not from this world. Druids lived in forests of tall oak trees, where under these magnificent oaks they laid homage. The oak tree was
Because the most reliable resources of evidence on Druidism, their own written scripts, cannot be found we can only make assumptions and Julius Caesar also spoke of this when stating “the Druids think it is not right to entrust their teachings to written script, though they use the Greek alphabet in almost all other matters, including public and private accounts.” (1) The real reasons for this are also unknown, but according to Julius Caesar, two assumptions can be made, “It seems to me that this
The Druids are a major division of Indigenous Religion and are located in the British Isles and Scotland. The Druids are most commonly associated with the Indigenous Celtic people of Ireland. Druids are known to have existed as far back as 3rd century B.C.E. (History of Britain: Rise and Fall of the Druids) The Druids passed down rituals and history through stories rather than through written text so a lot is still unknown about how they lived. There are still many people in today’s culture who actively
The Ancient Druids The ancient Druid religion was created within Celtic society at around 500 B.C. The religion itself was manifested through observations of the natural world. These observations of nature led to the philosophical, spiritual, and ritual base of the Druid religion. The ancient Celtic people populated Gaul and the British Isles from 900 B.C. to 700 C.E.(1,2,5). These were a people of nature. At the height of their society at around 300 B.C. there were hundreds of independent
many different clans, who shared a similar culture and language. Each clan had their own territory, their own elected king (or chief), their own rules and the people were loyal to their clans. The highest rank in Celtic Society was held by the elected king, followed by the warriors, Druids, craftsmen and landowners, which were considered as noble. The noble families send their children to other clans for training and education. This fostering also developed close ties be...
exempt from being written with a bias when they describe the druids. Both authors are considered to be valid sources on historical events which make the assertions and observations that they noted more reliable than other authors. Upon a cursory observation of the text it seems that Caesar tended to find fewer faults in the druids customs compared to Pliny. This paper will argue and prove that although some of the practices of the druids were barbaric by the civilized Romans, overall they were religious
ST. PATRICK & THE DRUIDS OF IRELAND Patrick was a Christian priest whose job it was to convert the population of Ireland to Christianity. The Druids, however, stood in his way. The Druids were very important people in Ireland at that time, and their symbol was the Snake of Wisdom. Druids could be priests of the old religion of Ireland, but there were also much more. One part of the Druid class were the "Bards", whose job it was to remember all of the history of the people, as well as to record
would make periodic sacrifices to the fairy-folk, and thus the two began to coexist (3). The otherworld that the Sidhe retreated to is not an ethereal, heavenly realm, but rather it is located in Ireland, it coexists with the world of man (3). The Druids believed that the Sidhe split into two groups and found homes either underground, or on an island in the sea named Avilion (3,5). The Otherworld, located on the island and under hills of earth known as Fairy mounds, was legend to be a world of eternal