- April 23, 2020 at 9:24 pm #10305
Awens to All:
In 2009, Emma Restall-Orr asked me to research Druidic Triads and how they are used by our Neolithic Ancestors as well as how we use Triad Sayings in Modern Day Life. I researched and found all the Ancient Irish and Welsh Triads and got them E-Published with a section on Modern Use of Triads. I compiled the E-Book for the TDN for about a year and they E-Published it on the Morning of 2010 Summer Solstice.
It is a Free Download and here is the URL from which you can download it from:
Not only is it hosted by the TDN but also by another Druidistic Website called ‘Druidic Dawn’.
It was edited by Geoff Boswell and Dedicated to Emma Restall-Orr who had always given me Respect and Encouragement in my Druidistic Endeavors.
Please fell free to Download it.
Dave TheDruid-3X3April 23, 2020 at 10:06 pm #10308
Awens to All:
I see you have a Library with only 5 E-Books in it.
You may include my Treasury of Druidic Triads to your Library.
3X3April 23, 2020 at 10:22 pm #10311
Your link doesn’t work.
However, I’ve found your book just by looking it up. I’ve downloaded it and I’ll give it a read.
/|\April 24, 2020 at 5:02 am #10313
That sounds a bot worrying somehow. The last time I looked there was an extensive library of reference material, including many rare and valuable texts which I am assuming could be found anywhere where good free texts might be downloaded, say Sacred Texts? There used to be scores of them I downloaded the lot. Try taking another look Dave, unless something drastic has happened? I might be able to send you some of these files of you are interested.April 24, 2020 at 3:03 pm #10337
The other Link Works for me but there is also this Link:
3X3April 24, 2020 at 4:04 pm #10348
david poole wrote:
“I think they were too old to be affected by copyright as they were sometimes medieval or Irish or other quite old files.”
So was most the material I got information on Ancient Celtic Triads to write my Treasury Book.
One of the things about my Treasury of Druidic Triads E-Book is that it was the First Time Ever that both the Irish Triads and Welsh Triads were put together in a Single Book about their Histories and Meanings.
3X3April 25, 2020 at 9:58 pm #10381
Awens to All:
Bish of the TDN has posted my Treasury E-Book onto the Bardic Expressions section of the TDN Website and can now be Downloaded from:
3X3June 2, 2020 at 3:17 am #10927
Someone on Megalithic Portal put me onto the Internet Archive Website.
I now have my Treasury of Druidic Triads now listed on Internet Archive Website at:
3X3June 2, 2020 at 9:32 am #10928
Thank you Dave you have been working really hard. About the library, there are far more than just five texts. Go to the Student Study area, Library then click on the links, this reveals a number of subheadings there are many more texts found under here available as pdf files. From what you are saying Druidic triads were associated with the Neolithic people, who I thought predated the Iron Age. Did the Neolithic people have their own druids, or is druidry as old as the Neolithic period i.e. predating the Celts? I would be very interested to hear more about that especially if you have more evidence. The first link you supple returns page not found, I think something is wrong here. I was under the impression that Druidic Dawn was no longer active, is that true? The second link however does work and I can recommend anyone to try this instead. The other links work as well.June 2, 2020 at 12:19 pm #10932June 2, 2020 at 12:32 pm #10936
Thank you Dave I have now downloaded and read the entire document, it was actually pretty good work. You did a good job there. These triads are useful bits of information, and work really well. A few points. In the Arthurian triads, I saw references to Nuada of the Silver Arm and Bendegeid Vran, I know that you mention Bran as himself a bit later on. You also said that Gronw’s spear slays Llew; in fact, he transforms himself into an eagle.June 2, 2020 at 6:46 pm #10937
From what you are saying Druidic triads were associated with the Neolithic people, who I thought predated the Iron Age. Did the Neolithic people have their own druids, or is druidry as old as the Neolithic period i.e. predating the Celts?
This is an interesting question. How much was passed down from generation to generation? The old ideas of waves of invaders completely wiping out the previous cultures have now fallen by the wayside. There’s a fair bit of evidence that there might have been at least some continuation from the earliest times through the generations up until relatively recently in historical terms. In the late 1990s, a living relative of Cheddar Man, who lived in the Mesolithic, was discovered not far from Cheddar Gorge. There is also some evidence that there was activity at the Stonehenge site as early as 8000 BCE and the site may have continued to be used ritualistically into the Iron Age, the so-called “Celtic” period, and even later perhaps. Another interesting site with a long and continued use of some kind is Flag Fen. Furthermore, it has been suggested that the whole “sword in the stone” mythos goes back to Bronze Age smithing techniques – the archaeologist Francis Pryor’s work is very interesting in relation to these ideas. I don’t think one culture ever completely eliminated the culture(s) preceding it.
Now, what about druids? Well, I don’t find it too inconceivable that some beliefs, traditions and forms of belief could have been passed down through the generations, even over millennia, as has happened in other places. Whether we can “back project” druids to the Stone Age is debatable, but certainly to see some kind of continuity is far from unreasonable. Caesar was of the opinion that druidism originated in the British Isles and had spread out to Gaul – references to druids are not found throughout the known Celtic-speaking world. If that indeed were really the case, it could add weight to the argument that some form of druidism is far older than the British and Irish Iron Age, far older.
/|\June 2, 2020 at 8:14 pm #10938
The other possibility is that the Druids took some of their ideas from another, older form of priesthood and adopted them as their own; meaning that some druidic beliefs could be older than we think they are. I find this to be a rather exciting idea, as is the idea that each culture passes something on to the cultures which supercede it.June 2, 2020 at 8:35 pm #10939
Yes, David, that’s exactly the point I was trying to make. What we call druids in a historical sense are often druids from various snapshots of history and I think that sometimes we, today, may have a tendency to see things as static when they were actually long, fluid, cycles of continuity with things growing out of each other and then giving seeds to new things. It’s a bit like a very ancient forest, the forest has been there for millennia, but the trees today aren’t the original trees – so how old is the forest, can we even talk about the same forest? A bit like the idea of the river you see today is not the river that was there yesterday, or even an hour ago – but there’s still a river there that you recognise.July 28, 2020 at 8:24 pm #11594
W.T. wrote: “I will try to read some of these suggested books on it, like Hutton’s so that I will be more informed on what other druids think druidry is.”
Then please check out my Treasury of Druidic Triads. It might have some information on Ancient Celtic Culture that you might find interesting.
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