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- April 21, 2020 at 11:56 am in reply to: Trouble in Druidville-Star tree talks some religious craic about druidry #10235
Interested reading both ideas on Druidism. My view for what it is worth is , that Druids nowadays can only imagine what the original druids were fully about. In Celtic times the only real written evidence we have was written by Romans who obviously hated and feared Druids, hence the great massacre. Druids were obviously very powerful and linked to the natural world, besides being a kind of Shaman, they possibly had some kind of military role , not actual fighting but maybe blessing warriors .It is very possible they were even sacrificed themselves to plead with the gods in times of great danger, their are many Iron age sacrificial burials unearthed where the body was of a high status person but not a Royal (read Lindow man a very good book). However I think for me the idea of Druidism is one of closeness to nature and wildlife, of being very spiritual and connected to everything around us including the heavens and that these are the basic and first ideals that Druids were first drawn too all those years ago. I may be completely wrong, but it does it for me.
I think not only official forms, but in these times when a death can occur out of the blue (corona virus) I feel that a druid/pagan may want a specific course taken, I know the government has assured Muslims that their wishes will be followed. Well what about this Islands oldest faith. Also I think that I may look into this further as we should be recognized and given all the privileges that other faiths are given, I for one definitely see it as a faith or religious path.
blood sacrifices would practiced by the Druids, but not as a sacrifice itself, in celtic times animals were kept for food and this meant that when winter approached , non breeding or milk stock would be slaughtered. being a so close to the natural world and knowing that all things were given by the gods , animals would be slaughtered with reverence and gratitude and this would be done by the villiage holy man, they being the closest to the gods and best able to pass the appreciation on. It is also quite possible that at certain times of great stress , Druids themselves could have been sacrificed. (lindow Man).