>From: Alexis <[log in to unmask]>
>Does anyone has an hypothesis about the complete lack of the latin term
>*druis/druides in the latin texts of Ireland ? In latin, "druid" is always
>translated by "magus", which is not as specific (but in return, the irish
>term "druí" is also used to define a magician in general).
I can think of two reasons.
First, perhaps "druides" was not perceived as a Latin term, since it was so
close to the native drui/.
Second, in the Latin texts, the figures referred to as magi (with glosses
equating magus as drui/) are sometimes explicitly linked with and certainly
modeled on the figure of Simon Magus who appears in the New Testament and
early Christian apocrypha. So the term magus may have been used deliberately
to indicate that from the Christian perspective druids were magi in the same
(pejorative) sense as Simon.
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