>Sent: Sunday, December 03, 2006 1:59 PM Searles wrote:
>Maybe the term is a reference to how these sacred places were plundered by
>the Vikings and other marauders? The close association with Druids is made
>in some of the Dindshenchas, especially the one about Dubad. Of course,
>the monasteries and churches were also raided, so it wouldn't be an
>exclusive pre-Christian naming association.
I tend to think you're over-thinking it. Let's keep in mind that
the author of the original work was Nennius. While who he was
exactly is open to debate, it can be reasonably concluded that whoever
he was, he was not sympathetic to druids. As the Irish version refers
to the druids in question as 'demon-like', the unknown author was
probably similarly minded. I seriously doubt there are deep underlying
meanings, correspondences, or obscure word-play of the sort the filidh
employed. I suspect we're looking at a simple list of things that the
author considered to be things druids taught. How much he might have
understood about those things is unknown and probably unimportant.
Just my take on the overall context.
Exactly how 'barc dibeirgi' fits into that picture is unclear.
>Now I'm off to the Space Center to see the sights with some out of town