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Subject: Re: Druids/Early Celtic Church
From: Mark Bryant <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:CELTIC-L - The Celtic Culture List.
Date:Sun, 9 Apr 1995 10:14:28 -0400
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The points about learning about the Druids from the early Church histories is
well taken.  If you take the beliefs of the church in Rome at various times
in it's early history and compare them to church beliefs of similar times in
areas where the Druids were prevalent, eliminated the duplication, the
remnant should be an imprint of Druidism.  Here is some information I read
on Druids, as well as some books (1911-1946)
mentioned in the bibliography.  Your comments are encouraged, especially if
anyone has
read these books and has opinions on their scholastic merit and availability.
 
Welsh tradition relates that the Druids entered Gaul from the Orient with
the Celtic
Kymric race, and their religious practices have been variously desrcibed as
of Hindu,
Persian and Egyptian origin......The best ancient and contemporary account
of the
Druids is that by Julius Caesar, who thus describes them: "They attend to divine
worship, perform public and private sacrifices and expound matters of
religion.......At a certain time of year the Druids assemble on the
terrirory of the Carnutes, which is
believed to be the centre of all Gaul, in  a sacred place........They think
it is an unhallowed thing to commit their lore to writing, though in the
other public and private affairs of life they frequently make use of the
Greek alphabet" .  The Druids appear also to have been adept astrologers and
magicians, and were versed in the mysterious powers of animals and plants;
the oak tree, the mistletoes when growing on the oak,  the vervain, the
hyssop and marshwort were held in especial reverence among them,  and like
the Romans, they drew auguries and prophecies from an inspection of the
entrails of sacrificed animals and from the flight of birds; their
mysterious rites were usually performed in the depths of oak forests.  The
order was divided into three classes: vates or prophets, bards and priests;
with them were associated, but without sharing their prerogatives, three
classes of prophetesses or sorceresses.
 
The Religion of the Ancient Celts; MacCulloch J.A. (Edinburgh, 1911)
Celtic Mythology and Religion; MacBain A. (Stirling, 1917)
Druidism, the Ancient Faith of Britain; Wright D. (London, 1924)
The Druids; Kendrick T.D. (London, 1928)
The Mysteries of Britain; Spence L. (London, 1928)
The Secret Languages of Ireland; Macalister R.A.S. (London, 1937)
Celt, Druid and Culdee; Elder I.H. (London, 1938)
The Magic Arts in Celtic Britain; Spence L. (London, 1946)
 
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Mark C. Bryant
 
 I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to
say it.
 
                                               The Friends of Voltaire
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Mark C. Bryant
 
   I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right
to say it.
 
                                                 The Friends of Voltaire
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