Excerpts from mail: 12-Jun-93 Re: Picts and Druids by Lisa
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>P.S.Re: Druids While I am not a Druid, I do follow a Celtic pagan path,
>and have attended lectures by the "Archdruid" Isaac Bonewits as well as
>having read some literature put out by modern Groves. There are a few
>different Druidic organisations, with Isaac's being the largest in
>America. The system they have set up is years of studying druidic and
>bardic arts. Learning Irish and other Celtic languages is highly
>stressed. While like any group, it does have its flakes or "wannabes"
>from what I have seen of the program of study, I have great respect for
>anyone who follows it. ....
I'm not even "following a Celtic pagan path," but one of my friends is a
Grove coordinator for one of the groves of A/r nDrai/ocht Fe/in, which
is Isaac Bonewitz's Druid group.
The national address, for anyone who wants to write to them is:
Newark, DE 19714
Send a self-addressed, stamped-envelope with enough for 2 oz postage.
They do have quite a "religion" set up. It is definitely an organized
church. Their rites are quite formal, and deviations from the
proscribed rites are proscribed to be carefully thought-out (I've seen a
page from the ADF handbook), if they are "too high-church" for local
I would note, too, that although things have probably changed in recent
years, that at one of the Gaeltacht weekends (Irish immersion weekends)
I attended recently, that there was some talk of ADF. For although ADF
highly recommends study of the Celtic languages, particularly Irish
Gaelic, apparently a few years ago one of their self-taught members (I
think Isaac himself), walked into a Gaeltacht weekend, and said "Dia
duit" -- pronounced (by him) "Dee-ya Do-it." (for those not familiar
with Irish, the pronunciation is more like "Gee-ya Gwhich") I'm sure
their intentions are fine, but their scholarship may sometimes be
Again, I'm not in any way affiliated with this group myself.
Becka Roolf Member, CMU Celtic Society
Pittsburgh, PA Co-editor, The Triple Spiral
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