On Fri, 11 Jun 1993 [log in to unmask] wrote:
> I'm interested in Druids insofar as they influenced Irish
> Wouldn't a modern-day Druid be equivalent to a modern-day Jewish
> high priest? Where to Druids today get their oral tradition? Can a
> 20th century Westerner have the brain power to keep an oral tradition
> as the ancient Druids did?
I know this is some days late (and it has probably been answered already)
but yes, modern Westerners can keep that sort of oral tradition, provided
tehy have some training in the art of memory. You'd be surprised at the
amount of stuff people keep in their heads, from song lyrics to recipes to
keystroke combionations for half a dozen computer software packages.
It isn't the amount of memory that has changed, it's what we do with it.
In answer to the sociological part of your question, modern Druids would
like to think of themselves as sort of high-priestly types, but it only
really applies to within each individual neo-Druidic group. For instance,
a Keltrian Druid wouldn't necessarily recognize an Ar n'Draiocht Fein
Druid as a spiritual authority within their own sect, and vice versa.