>From: Dennis King <[log in to unmask]>
>I think as far as the Christian Irish, or at least the literati, were
>concerned, there was a simple dichotomy: Christian priest vs. Pagan
>magician. All of the pagans, both native and foreign, were simply lumped
And I think this is what lies bahind Nora Chadwick's reluctance to conclude
that wherever "magus" is used, "druid" is always intended. Other "magical"
practitioners may once have been intended. However, I think that by a
certain point, all practitioners tended to be merged under the label drui/.
>With this mindset, there was no reason to distinguish the native (or
>Gaulish)druids from any other variety of "magician".
While I don't think the Irish scribes slavishly followed the example of
non-Irish Christian writers, I do think they tended to duplicate what they
found elsewhere, if they didn't have reason not to. Equating and associating
non-Christian priests and practitioners with Simon Magus and using the term
magus were medieval practices that the Irish scribes seem to have adopted
with little exception.
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