> > Ahem, I think it would be better if you qualified
> > that sentence a little.
> > There are some of us "neopagans" who believe in
> > solid scholarship and doing research.
> Yeah, yeah...I knew someone would feel touched by
> my words. But, tell me, honestly: Have you NEVER found
> any of those fellows who believe Stonehenge was built
> by the Celts (or the aliens, or the dwellers of
> Atlantis), and would swear that the Old Woman of Beare
> is a poem devoted to the Godess earth?
I'm certian that there are neopagans like that out there, but they are not
among those whom I know. This is one of the things that attracted me to
neo-Druidism, a search for knowledge, research, and truth, not some fluffy
bunny "how our ancestors really lived" feel good panacea.
> I feel a certain simpathy for neopaganism: I also
> love the Ulster Cycle, I would love to have been born
> in those heroical days. I dislike this industrial,
> pos-Christian world (no forests, no magic, no poetry).
> But many neopagans apparently think that they can make
> history go back. It is impossible, in my opinion, to
> uncover the old religion, unless you start to accept
> "quick conclusions" like those that R.Karl has
> witfully attacked. Things like "The White Godess" from
> Robert Graves. And, well, that book is amazing,
> brilliant...but probably wrong at the main points.
My goal is not to uncover an old religion. How can you do that without
having people who are still alive that practiced it or without having it
written down. And no, I don't believe in "hereditary" Druidism. That would
be like saying one is a hereditary professor or judge or lawyer. At best we
have Caesar's, Pliny's and Tacitus' commentaries and even those are sketchy.
What we can do is research how people lived. It would be folly if not
impossible to make history go back. I don't really want to live without
refrigeration or penicillin. But we can go forward and do what we can with
conservation and ecological practices, but that is a whole nother off topic
A life time of precludes quick conclusions.