Dear Friends: A book recently published deals with all of these
historical issues concerning the Druids--clearing away the myths and
presenting what we can be fairly certain about them. _The Druids_, by
Peter Berresford Ellis, is published by Eerdmans Publishing Company,
1995, and costs $25.00.
On Sun, 4 Feb 1996, drew deegan wrote:
> It's not that I have a problem with my ancestors actually having sacrificed.
> That is not the issue. It is looked at with twentieth century sensibilities
> that are completely out of cultural context with what their experience was.
> No, my problem lies with the fact that all we know of human sacrifice
> practiced by the Celts was documented by the Romans. Now, if I remeber
> correctly, the Romans were the same ones that started the story of
> Christians sacrificing babies and practicing cannibalism, because of their
> misunderstanding of the Eucharist. History seen through the opponents eyes
> can be very distorted. That's all I am trying to get across.
> >>What about homicide? Serial killers? A cult unrelated to Druidism, or a
> >>manner of dealing with criminals ? WHat evidence is there to suuport the
> >>Druidic sacricificial killing?
> >Let's see, were dealing with archaeology, pre/proto-historic groups and
> >religious groups. All of the above may be true, however, when one
> >combines Caesar's and Posidonious's accounting of Druidic behaviour, the
> >possiblity that the bog bodies are Druid sacrifices is more likely with
> >what info we have. Anyway, what is so wrong with human sacrifice? It
> >certainly doesn't bother me that my ancestors went around killing other
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