Druids, Trees, Etc

Joseph Zorzin redoak at forestmeister.com
Wed Dec 22 16:33:49 EST 1999

Karl Davies wrote:

> Who were the Druids?  Popular folklore tells us they were ancient Celtic
> wise men.  They wore long robes and had long, flowing beards.  Merlin,
> the famous magician of King Arthur’s court, was reputedly a Druid.  They
> are credited with having built Stonehenge and other megalithic monuments
> throughout Great Britain and Europe.
> Other sources tell us Druids were really into trees.  Their ceremonies
> were conducted in the open air, often in oak groves.  The word Druid is
> apparently derived from the ancient Celtic word for oak--deru.  Other
> trees were also very important to them, including hazel, walnut, willow,
> yew, ash and birch.  Tree symbolism was used in their religious and
> philosophical teachings.

Good place to sacrifice virgins. <G>

> According to the Romans, the Druids were a nefarious lot who performed
> human sacrifices, and had enormous control over the widespread Celtic
> tribes in Western Europe and Great Britain.  But can you trust the
> accounts of Romans describing any peoples they were in the process of
> conquering?

Dam greaseballs- wanting to take away the freedom of those beer swigging
Irishmen tatooed all over in blue paint.

> What do the Druids have to say about themselves?  Unfortunately, we
> don’t know much because the Romans and Christians were very efficient
> colonizers and proselytizers.  And the Druids didn’t keep written
> records.  All their knowledge and traditions were apparently carried
> down orally.

At the pub. <G>

> Years ago I read a book by someone who claimed that in fact the Druid
> lineage was still intact, and that he was a real, modern day Druid.
> I’ve lost the book and can’t remember the title, but I think it may have
> been the one called Druids by Pigott, which is listed in an online
> bibliography on Druids, reference cited below.

> According to the author of this book, Druids were the repositories and
> transmitters of Celtic culture, and all its knowledge and wisdom.
> Perhaps more importantly for the Romans, Druids were the system of
> communication between Celtic villages and towns.  They traveled a lot
> and provided what little unity existed among all the widespread Celtic
> tribes--something the Romans would have wanted to eliminate.
> They had religious, medicinal, astronomical, and historical knowledge.
> It took decades to absorb it all and become a full-fledged Druid.  Their
> ceremonies were keyed to natural cycles throughout the year.  At this
> time of year ceremonies centered on the mistletoe, a plant that produces
> its fruit in winter--when everything else appears dead.  Since the
> Druids believed in reincarnation, this phenomenon was symbolic and very
> significant.
> Below are some links to web sites with information on Druids and what
> they believed.  You can find more information with any search engine.
> If there are any real, live Druids on this newsgroup, perhaps they could
> point us to other sources of information and inspiration!  Meanwhile,
> Happy Solstice!
> The Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids
> (Check out the Graphical Mystery Tour!)
> http://druidry.org/index.shtml
> Druidic Books
> http://www.dragonwood.com/druidbok.htm
> The Celts: Part I - Druids and Sacred Trees*
> http://cristalweb.com/ethno/druid.html
> The Magic of Mistletoe
> http://www.pathweaver.com/mistletoe.html
> --
> Karl Davies, Practicing Forester
> http://www.daviesand.com
> Northeastern Forestry Reformation List Server
> http://www.igc.topica.com/lists/nefr-list

Joe  Zorzin
Massachusetts Licensed Forester #261

Member of Forest Steward's Guild

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