Neil Alasdair McEwan wrote:
> On Thu, 11 Dec 1997, Tom Frazier wrote:
> > Well, Druidism, as revived, is as valid as Christianity is.
> That's true. One form of superstition is no better than another.
> > which is changing daily), why would people on this list view modern
> > Druids as any less valid than their predecessors? They are the
> > decendants of the Celts and they are reviving a fragmented heritage.
> The fact that they are the descendants of the Celts means very
> little. Culture and the birthright to culture are not genetically
> transmitted, they are passed down from person to person. If that link is
> broken and you want to forge it again you can't just make it up as you go
> along and think, "Well my great-granddaddy was from Limerick so whatever
> I do must be Celtic". You have to go back to the culture as it still
> > It
> > is the Celts who are doing this, not a group of Africans, or Asians, or
> > Lithuanians, or Native Americans, but Celts. Sure they have invented
> > ceremonies to honor the traditional sacred times of the year, but are
> > they expected to sit still while their hearts call for a connection with
> > the land they once knew?
> No, they are expected to find out what is actually happening to
> today in the land that their ancestors (tho' not they personally) knew,
> and what they would find should be good enough to keep their hearts
> quiet without any need of embellishment.
Hmmmm, who said that it was made up? I didn't...it is all about putting
fragments together of what we do know, discovering more and changing our
perspective according to what we find out. There was never a time when
the whole tradition was lost. It was merely suppressed, hidden or jsut
forgotten for a time. Nothing is ever lost. And the Druidry is Modern,
not ancient, we don't sacrifice animals...it is in a modern context that
we are in, so the religion too must evolve.
Where is the embellishment? Where is the falsehood? Ceremonies are
ceremonies. They are changed, mutated, and embellished as time spirals
forth. I see no harm nor falsehood in have a ceremony to honor the
eight sacred days of the year.
And how is one to keep a heart that leaps in Joy quiet? Why would one