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In ancient times, a bard was a poet and storyteller who studied at a college of bards. In modern times, a bard is someone who sees their creativity as an innate spiritual ability and chooses to cultivate that ability in part or in whole through druidism.

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bard | What is a bard? | Order of bards, ooids and druids (2)In ancient times, Bards were guardians of tradition, tribal memory - they were guardians of the Holy Word. Although they probably represented the first level of training for a druid apprentice, we should not make the mistake of thinking that the bard was somehow lower or inferior. There were many levels of achievement, but the most talented bards were highly respected and held many rolesin the shape of an egganddruid.

The bard's training was intensive and lasted many years. There were differences in the curricula between Scotland, Ireland and Wales. In Ireland, education is recorded to last twelve years and students follow the following rigorous curriculum:
In the first year, the student progressed from beginner [Ollaire] to assistant poet [Tamhan] to apprentice satirist [Drisac]. During this time, they had to learn the basics of the bardic art: grammar, twenty stories, and the alphabet of the Ogham tree.

Over the next four years, they learned ten more stories each year, a hundred ogama combinations, a dozen philosophy lessons, and an unspecified number of poems. They also studied combinations of two sections, the law of privilege and the application of grammar.

In the sixth year the student, if he had stayed on the course, would have been called Pillar [Cli] and would have learned forty-eight more poems and twenty more stories. For the next three years they were called the Noble Stream [Anruth] because "from it flows a stream of pleasant fame and a stream of riches therein." During that time, they learned another 95 stories, increasing their repertoire to 175 stories. They studied prosody, glosses, prophetic invocations, styles of poetic composition, specific poetic forms, and Irish place names.

The last three years of schooling offered them to become an Olamh, that is, a doctor of poetry. In the tenth year, the student studied further poetic forms and composition, in the eleventh year 100 poems, and in the twelfth year 120 speeches and four poetic plays. He or she was now the master or mistress of a total of 350 stories.

As Olamh, doctor of poetry, they were entitled to receive the golden branch. As Anruth, the Noble Stream, they wore a silver branch, and before that, throughout their training, they wore a bronze one. Bells were attached to these branches, so that when a poet entered the hall to recite a poem or tell a story, they were accompanied by the sound of the bells - alerting listeners to silence and invoking the help of the inner realm to bring the poem or story into their lives.

In Wales and Scotland, bard training was equally rigorous, albeit with different degrees and a different curriculum.

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And among them are the composers of songs they call bards. those who sing on lyre-like instruments applaud some and curse others.

Histories of Diodorus Sikulski 8 BC

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Schools of bards were formed around the Grandmaster and his assistants. Much time is devoted to memorization to strengthen the memory and learn the fantastic number of stories and poems required of a successful bard.

Records from both the West Highlands and Ireland show that much work was done using what we would today call sensory deprivation. Their accommodation was extremely spartan and they spent much of their time incubating songs and searching for inspiration in complete darkness. Only recently, thanks to the pioneering work of John Lilly, have we rediscovered the fruitful power of darkness in an isolation tank.

Their curriculum shows that they have accumulated a vast store of stories and poems in their memory. But that was only half their job. They trained to become masters of notation and inspiration. Recording the traditions, laws and genealogy of the tribe was only one of their duties. Equally important to carrying out this task of keeping tradition and heritage alive, they had the task of knowing the sacred power of the Word - which manifests itself in the ability to inspire and inspire others. To keep the annals of the tribe, they had to know the stories and songs that protected the lineage and knowledge of their people, but to become Masters or Mistresses of Inspiration, they had to compose their own songs and stories. For this reason, they practiced sensory deprivation and used the art of invocation. Such education naturally awakened inner strength. Strong memories and the ability to penetrate the depths and wander the heights of consciousness in search of inspiration and creative fire developed in the bard the ability to see into the future and influence the world around him in a way that foreshadowed the work of the Ovates and Druids, allowing them to convey the spirit of the Druids. in the age when the light of the oval and the Druids was not visible to the world.

It is fitting that this first degree or stage of druidic training includes both oval and druidic work. The Druid seems to agree with the opening words of the Gospel of John: "In the beginning was the Word." How the Word can create, command, nourish, heal, cut, purify, summon, unite, cause, prevent and bind powerful bards have learned through long training and used in the service of their patron, their King or Queen. Their Druid and their God or Goddess.

O hear the voice of the Bard
Who sees the present, the past and the future
whose ears heard the Holy Word
Who walked among the centuries-old trees...

William Blake, The First Poem of Experience

Now that we know something about what the bards did and how they were trained, we can ask ourselves what meaning the work of the bards might have for us today.

In Bard Order of Owls and Druid training, we begin our study of Druidism with the rank of bard - and this has deep meaning. Bardism is understood in the broadest sense as the development of the artistic and creative Self, and its importance as the foundation of our life and character and spiritual development is no less important than it was thousands of years ago, and it could be argued that it is even more important today than what he was then. The key to understanding why this is so is to realize that historical bards worked with Inscription and Inspiration. one of the main reasons for modern humanity's sense of alienation is the fact that we have distanced ourselves from the natural world and the roots of our past. Practicing Druidism is about healing this alienation – reconnecting with our past and the natural world. On the bardic level, we open ourselves to the inspiration of the natural world and allow the mandala of the eightfold seasonal cycle to take root in our being. Working with the record means working with the heritage, lineage, mythology and stories of the tribe - it helps us reconnect with the past.

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Working with inspiration means opening up to our innate creativity. Many of the problems we face in the developed world stem from the suppression and rejection of art in all its forms. Contemporary brain research shows that for most of us, the primary mode of functioning comes from the dominant hemisphere of the brain, which mediates the function of analytical thinking. The opposite hemisphere has less influence on our current way of life - it is the hemisphere that mediates synthetic, non-analytical forms of thought and expression: it is the part of the brain considered responsible for artistic expression. It is widely believed that in order to become whole, we must give both sides adequate opportunities for growth and expression. This truth was expressed by alchemists (and there is a strong tradition of alchemy in Druidism) and later by Carl Jung (whose work began to influence modern Druidism through Ross Nichols). Jung developed his theory of the personal animus and anima - the male and female aspects of the soul - which must come together at intervals for our growth. Alchemists knew the importance of this connection and called it the Mystic Marriage or Mysterium Coniunctionis.

Our education is mostly focused on developing our analytical and mathematical thinking skills, but when we enter the Path of the Bards, we begin a process that develops our less dominant hemisphere. We open ourselves to the artistic, creative self. This is no easy task, and in typical Druid fashion, this task is performed in a seemingly circular fashion. Working with the eightfold scheme of the festival and with the power of the four elements attributed to the cardinal points in the sacred circle of the Druids, the Bard is brought to the stage where he recognizes and works with the four aspects of his being - represented by Earth, practicality and their sensuality. Water, their sensitivity and emotions. Air, their thinking. and stimulate their intuition and enthusiasm. As these four elements and parts of the Self are explored and harmonized, the Bard will naturally open up to their inner creativity. Gradually, the resources of their body and heart, mind and intuition become fully available to guide and inspire them.

By working in this way, we learn to bypass the rational mind that likes to go beyond the limits of understanding. In order to act, the intellect creates distinctions, categories, mental constructs - through which experience can be understood and acted upon. It is necessary for our survival and progress in the world. Problems arise when this ability to frame a frame of reference is not balanced by the ability to step outside that frame and open to what is hyperlogical - inexplicable-in-words-but-none-less-true. Poetry and music are extremely capable of helping us transcend contexts and viewpoints. Sound - spoken, sung or played - expands our boundaries, opens horizons, evokes actions that the intellect cannot grasp or classify with its own actions. This is the power of the Bard - to dissolve our boundaries, our frames of reference - if only for a moment.

Take this poem by the modern bard Jay Ramsay:

abyss unknown,
For and in everything -
Dolina - Veteruša - Fellatina:
You nowhere and in everything -

And be nothing, be still,
I can not talk
you see everything
And I see you
And I see that I am
I can see the core:

The sun closes
to meet a man
Who crossed the line?
Who came out of himself

standing before him
Naked in the light.

The mind cannot fully grasp the power of such a poem - the power of words and images affects a person in a way that cannot be described or explained. It is a poetic work - a bard. Exceed. I'm traveling. return. Professor Michael Harner, a world authority on shamanism, talks about the shamanic path as a method of opening doors and entering another reality. This happens with powerful and effective poetry.

The difference between the "secular" writing, reading and reciting of poetry and the bardic activities themselves is that in the latter case this shamanic process is consciously recognized and used. Creativity and inspiration are seen as gifts from the gods, as forces that enter the container of the Self through the Superconsciousness. Proper preparation, ritual, visualization, prayer, and meditation create channels through which such generative, creative power can flow. In Druidism this power is known as Awen, Welsh for "Inspiration" or "Liquid Spirit".

The connection of this work with the contemporary art scene is obvious: when art became secularized, what it gained in freedom of expression, it lost in depth of inspiration. We have now come full circle and can re-spiritualize our art - finally freed from the constraints of religious dogma. The potential for increased creativity is enormous when we transform our creativity into the framework of the sacred. Before us, this required us to be bound by Christian themes and doctrines. Now it means recognizing the sacredness of not only the Spirit, but also the Earth and the four elements, as well as our bodies and sexuality.

The bardic current is not only a storehouse of knowledge that we once possessed and which we strive to appropriate - it is a psychic mode of creative artistic consciousness that is dynamic and alive - the future promises as much, if not more, than the past.

In addition to reciting poetry and telling stories, bards no doubt made music and danced. Fascinating stories of Druid dances are remembered in Brittany, and it is possible that traces of this early sacred and ceremonial dance are contained in the Morris dance, the Abbot's Bromley Horn dance and other folk dances. Our challenge is to rediscover the music, song and dance of the Druids - through contact with the archetypal sources of inspiration within us. These sources are transpersonal and beyond time. They fed the Druids in the past and now they can feed us. We know some of the instruments they probably used: in the early days of animistic proto-Druidism, they probably used bird bone flutes (eagle bone flutes have been found in Scotland). They would probably hit the hollow rattling stones that make a bell-like sound with stones. The dord, a form of horn, with a sound reminiscent of the Aboriginal didgeridoo, was apparently a sacred Bronze Age instrument, as was almost certainly the animal skin drum that later evolved into the bodran, and the clavia - two wooden sticks struck together to produce rhythm independently or against the rhythm of the drum.

Those who choose to explore Druidism by taking the Ovates & Druids Bardic courseopen to what it means to live on earth with the ability to be creative. Although this is the first level of druid training, its purpose goes to the heart of druidism - the development of an intimate knowledge of the power of generation - at the bard level, this includes the generation of creative works - music, song, poetry and art in all its forms.

Like the oral spiritual traditions of indigenous peoples around the world, the ancient Druids codified their teachings in the form of stories. The bards learned these stories and thus were able to retain the teachings in their minds through the ages, even though they were never written down. Fortunately for us, Christian scribes recorded these stories, and while some details may have been omitted or distorted, we can still see the teachings of the Druids encoded in them. One such story is The Tale of Taliesin, which follows the progress of a boy who eventually becomes the greatest bard in the land. He does this by drinking three drops of Awen – inspiration – from the cauldron of the goddess Ceridwen.

In the curriculum of the Order, when we ascend the Bardic Step, we are told this story, and then we are asked to study it thoroughly for a year, because in this story is encoded the entire curriculum that shows each of us how to become "the best bard". The story of a young man's journey into the full bloom of his creativity resonates with our personal history, gradually helping to release the Creative Self within the Bard.

The tree that represents the Bard Degree is Birch - that is, it is the first alphabet of the Ogham Druid tree and the tree that represents new beginnings, pioneering and birth. The West is the place of the Bard. From the West we enter the circle in Druidic ceremonies, and therefore the West is the place of Entry, of origin - the receptive, feminine West directed towards the East of the Dawn Ray. The times associated with the bard stage are spring and dawn - times when we are fresh and ready to begin a new cycle of learning and experience.

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What is the ancient order of bards and Druids? ›

The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids or OBOD is a Neo-Druidic organisation based in England, but based in part on the Welsh Gorsedd of Bards. It has grown to become a dynamic druid organisation, with members in all parts of the world. None; influence from the Lebor Gabála Érenn, Mabinogion etc.

What is the difference between a Druid and a bard? ›

Bards vs.

Here's how Strabo defined bards, vates, and druids in his seminal work, Geographica, first published in 7 BCE: The Bards are singers and poets; the Vates, diviners and natural philosophers; while the Druids, in addition to natural philosophy, study also moral philosophy.

What are bards in Druidism? ›

In ancient times a Bard was a poet and storyteller who had trained in a Bardic college. In modern times, a Bard is one who sees their creativity as an innate spiritual ability, and who chooses to nurture that ability partly or wholly with Druidism.

What is a bard in Greek mythology? ›

In Greek mythology, a bard was a poet skilled in epic poetry.

Can you be a druid and a bard? ›

It's useful to multiclass a Bard into a Druid if you want to provide your party with that type of utility. It might also be useful if you want your Bard to experience the thrill of close combat and have chosen a subclass like the College of Swords.

What is the oldest druid order? ›

The Ancient Order of Druids (AOD) is the oldest neo-druid order in the world. It was formed in London, England, in 1781. Its motto is Justice, Philanthropy and Brotherly Love.

What were Celtic Bards called? ›

The English term bard is a loan word from the Celtic languages: Gaulish: bardo- ('bard, poet'), Middle Irish: bard and Scottish Gaelic: bàrd ('bard, poet'), Middle Welsh: bardd ('singer, poet'), Middle Breton: barz ('minstrel'), Old Cornish: barth ('jester'). The ancient Gaulish *bardos is attested as bardus (sing.)

Are Bards arcane or divine? ›

Bards are Arcane casters.

What are the three types of druids? ›

The Celts had "a highly sophisticated religious system, with three types of Druids: the Bards, who knew the songs and stories of the tribe, the Ovates, who were the healers and seers, and the Druids who were the philosophers, judges, and teachers."

What god did the Druids worship? ›

The Druids believed in a supreme god, whom they called Be' al, meaning "the source of all beings." The symbol of this supreme being was fire. But the Druids also worshiped many lesser gods. The Druids taught that the human soul was immortal and that, upon death, it passed into the body of a newborn child.

What god do bards worship? ›

Bards were drawn most often to the worship of gods of magic, such as Corellon, Selûne, or others. Good bards sometimes worshiped Bahamut or Moradin. Less moralistic bards were instead sometimes drawn to the worship of Lolth, Tiamat, or Zehir.

Who is the Celtic god of bards? ›

Oghma - or Ogma/Ogmios - is Patron of the Bards, the Celtic God of Language, Literature and Eloquence, and of Ideas and Knowledge. Oghma is often depicted with chains connecting his tongue to the ears of his followers - who are slaves to his eloquence.

What is the origin of The Bard? ›

Bards were originally Celtic composers of eulogy and satire; the word came to mean more generally a tribal poet-singer gifted in composing and reciting verses on heroes and their deeds. As early as the 1st century ad, the Latin author Lucan referred to bards as the national poets or minstrels of Gaul and Britain.

What were Greek bards called? ›

Aoidos | Greek bards | Britannica.

Can a bard be female? ›

In some games, such as Final Fantasy Tactics, only males can be Bards—females become Dancers. In the majority of games, however, either sex can be a Bard.

Is A druid A Pagan? ›

Some Druids identify as Pagan, others as Christian. Some practitioners merge Pagan and Christian elements in their own personal practice, in at least one case identifying as a "Christodruid". Other practitioners adopt additional elements; for instance there are self-described "Zen Druids" and "Hasidic Druids".

What is the Greek equivalent of a druid? ›

The English word druid derives from Latin druidēs (plural), which was considered by ancient Roman writers to come from the native Celtic Gaulish word for these figures. Other Roman texts employ the form druidae, while the same term was used by Greek ethnographers as δρυΐδης (druidēs).

Can a woman be a druid? ›

Druid women were also considered equal to men in many respects, unusual for an ancient community. They could take part in wars and even divorce their husbands! One of the earliest accounts of Druids was written by Julius Caesar in 59-51 BC.

Who murdered the druids? ›

Yet by his actions on Anglesey, Suetonius Paulinus smashed the heart out of Welsh resistance and with the demise of the druids the people of Britain had lost their spiritual driving force. The story of the massacre of the druids and their defending tribesmen is one of barbarity and outright cruelty.

Who ended the druids? ›

The Druids were suppressed in Gaul by the Romans under Tiberius (reigned 14–37 ce) and probably in Britain a little later. In Ireland they lost their priestly functions after the coming of Christianity and survived as poets, historians, and judges (filid, senchaidi, and brithemain).

Is Merlin A Druid? ›

Merlin is, in fact, the typical Druid or wise man of Celtic tradition, and there is not the slightest reason for believing that he was ever paid divine honours.

What race are bards usually? ›

To become a bard, a human or half-elf had to begin with very high ability scores: Strength 15+, Wisdom 15+, Dexterity 15+ and Charisma 15+, Intelligence 12+ and Constitution 10+. These daunting requirements made bards one of the rarest character classes.

Are bards still a thing? ›

Absolutely, though they go by different job titles nowadays. Today they are referred to as "singer-songwriters" or "composer-lyricists" or by some other coupling of terms for musicians who love to sing and write in many areas of creation and performance of songs. Probably the best known living bard is Paul McCartney.

What is the Celtic symbol for bard? ›

Awen is the symbol of the poet bards, a sort of personified creative inspiration, similar to the Greek muses. The inspired individual would then be an awenydd. It is depicted as a circle containing three lines below three short dots.

Do bards need intelligence or wisdom? ›

Generally, Intelligence is considered the best stat for Bards and other Charisma-based casters to dump, but it doesn't necessarily have to be. Strength: If someone wants their Bard to have a halfway decent Arcana skill, consider making Strength the dump stat instead.

Why are bards so good? ›

The Bard's Skills

Bards get more skills than any other class in Dungeons & Dragons. The Rogue may have an impressive amount of skill proficiencies and expertises, but unlike every other class in Fifth Edition, Bards don't have to pick from a list. Instead, they gain proficiency in any three skills of their choice.

Do bards use swords? ›

Even more, options exist for Bards that would prefer to wield melee weapons and take a more active role in combat situations. The typical Bard in a D&D 5e game starts with proficiency in all simple weapons, pistols, longswords, rapier, sap, short sword, short bow, and whip.

Did Jesus study with druids? ›

As legend would have it, Jesus travelled some 2,000 years ago to the West Country with Joseph of Arimathaea, a tin trader who some believe was Jesus' uncle. Jesus is said to have studied with Druids in Glastonbury, the idea being that Druidism held some similarities to the Christian faith.

What is a female druid called? ›

A female druid is simply referred to as a "druidess" or "druid," as the term "druid" is not gender-specific.

What are evil druids called? ›

Btw an evil druid is called a Darach.

Do druids have a Bible? ›

It does not hold to strict dogma, there is no universal sacred text, like the Bible or the Quran, and believers do not meet for weekly services. Most of what is known about ancient druids came from secondhand sources, including the Romans, who conquered the Celts in Britain in the first century A.D.

What is a druid symbol? ›

In some forms of modern Druidism, the term is symbolized by an emblem showing three straight lines that spread apart as they move downward, drawn within a circle or a series of circles of varying thickness, often with a dot, or point, atop each line.

What is the oldest religion? ›

The word Hindu is an exonym, and while Hinduism has been called the oldest religion in the world, many practitioners refer to their religion as Sanātana Dharma (Sanskrit: सनातन धर्म, lit.

Who is bards ancestor? ›

Bard was descended from Lord Girion of Dale, whose wife and child had escaped to Lake-town when Smaug ruined Dale and took the Lonely Mountain in TA 2770.

What do bards fight with? ›

Bard Weapons

longsword: Rapier has the same damage, and is a Finesse weapon. Rapier: The Bard's best melee weapon option. shortsword: Rapier deals more damage, and Bards don't get anything from two-weapon fighting.

What do bards rely on? ›

While bards are natural spellcasters, all their magic comes from their charm and performance skills, so, when rolling your Bard 5e stats, you're going to want to prioritize Charisma (Cha) over everything else. Dexterity (Dex) and Constitution (Con) are going to be your next highest stats.

Is Celtic Irish or Scottish? ›

Celtic hold the distinction of being the first British club to win the European Cup and they are among Britain's best supported teams. However, while they are undoubtedly Scottish and British, the Glasgow outfit have a strong connection to Ireland and a unique affinity with Irish supporters.

Who was the most powerful Celtic deity? ›

The Dagda. The Dagda's name translates to “The Good God,” described as the leader of the Celtic pantheon. Physically he is depicted as a large bearded man carrying a club around. In many ways, The Dagda has assumed the role of the Norse Odin in Celtic mythology as the most powerful god in the Celtic mythos.

Who is the pagan god? ›

The most well-known are Thor, Odin, Freyja, Frigg, Freyr, Tyr, Loki, and Heimdall.

What does the Irish name bard mean? ›

Bard is a boy's name of Irish origin. Meaning "minstrel" or "singer-poet," this striking name is a great way to celebrate your passion for literature.

What is the mystical circle of bards? ›

The “Mystic Circle of Bards”, or the “Gorsedd of the Bards” as it is more commonly known, is an association of poets, writers, artists and other people who have made a significant contribution to Wales, its culture and the Welsh language.

What is a bard in slang? ›

Bard is an old-fashioned synonym for poet.

Who is the most famous bard of ancient Greece? ›

Because Homer performed and sang he is called a bard. He is thought to have been blind, and so is known as the blind bard, just as Shakespeare, calling on the same tradition, is known as the bard of Avon. The name "Homer," which is an unusual one for the time, is thought to mean either "blind" or "captive".

Who was the famous bard of ancient Greece? ›

Many accounts of Homer's life circulated in classical antiquity; the most widespread account was that he was a blind bard from Ionia, a region of central coastal Anatolia in present-day Turkey. Modern scholars consider these accounts legendary.

Who was the old bard in the Odyssey? ›

In the Odyssey by Homer, Demodocus (/dɪˈmɒdəkəs/; Greek: Δημόδoκος, Demodokos) is a poet who often visits the court of Alcinous, king of the Phaeacians on the island of Scherie. During Odysseus' stay on Scherie, Demodocus performs three narrative songs.

What is the difference between bard and barbarian? ›

The major difference is your skills, and your saving throws. Taking bard first gives you more skills. Taking bard first gives you Dexterity and Charisma as saving throws, while taking barbarian first would give you Strength and Constitution as saving throws.

What are the types of bards? ›

We've added a few more Bard subclasses to our list to reflect some recent changes and popular homebrews to make this class even more interesting.
  1. 1 College Of Lore.
  2. 2 College Of Valor. ...
  3. 3 College Of Death Song. ...
  4. 4 College Of Glamour. ...
  5. 5 College Of Whispers. ...
  6. 6 College Of The Epic Saga. ...
  7. 7 College Of Creation. ...
  8. 8 College Of Eloquence. ...
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Is bard nonbinary? ›

Character Information

The Bard is a non-binary character from Wandersong.

What is the ancient order of druids society? ›

The Ancient Order of Druids was founded in London in 1781 by a man named 'Hurle', about whom little beyond this is known. The AOD was a fraternal society, modelled on the Freemasons.

What is the universal order of Druids? ›

The Druid Order is a contemporary druidry fraternal order, founded in 1909 by George Watson MacGregor Reid in the United Kingdom. At various times it has also been known as The Ancient Druid Order, An Druidh Uileach Braithreachas, and The British Circle of the Universal Bond. Initiated members are called companions.

Were the Druids before the Celts? ›

Druid, member of the learned class among the ancient Celts. They acted as priests, teachers, and judges. The earliest known records of the Druids come from the 3rd century bce.

What is the druid hierarchy? ›

Hierarchy: According to Caesar, the leader of the druids was the Archdruid, usually picked through a meritocracy, but sometimes elected during their yearly assembly in the territory of the Carnutes, possibly modern Chartres. Beneith the Archdruid were the Druids, who acted as judges, teachers and priests.

Who did the druids descend from? ›

There is much debate on where the Druid people came from. Our classical texts determine that they originated as a mixture of indigenous neolithic tribes of Britain and the Celts who came from the East in a wave of Indo-European migration around 2000 BC. Approximate extent of Druid priesthood, circa 100 BC.

What religion did the druids follow? ›

Druids were concerned with the natural world and its powers, and considered trees sacred, particularly the oak. Druidism can be described as a shamanic religion, as it relied on a combination of contact with the spirit world and holistic medicines to treat (and sometimes cause) illnesses.

What God do druids worship? ›

The Druids believed in a supreme god, whom they called Be' al, meaning "the source of all beings." The symbol of this supreme being was fire. But the Druids also worshiped many lesser gods. The Druids taught that the human soul was immortal and that, upon death, it passed into the body of a newborn child.

What is the oldest druid symbol? ›

The Triskeles, sometimes known as a “Celtic love knot”, is one of the oldest Celtic symbols. The three sides represent earth, water and fire. The continuous line represents love, unity and eternal life.

Are all druids pagan? ›

Some Druids identify as Pagan, others as Christian. Some practitioners merge Pagan and Christian elements in their own personal practice, in at least one case identifying as a "Christodruid". Other practitioners adopt additional elements; for instance there are self-described "Zen Druids" and "Hasidic Druids".

Are Druids Scottish or Irish? ›

Druidry, or better termed Druidism, was a pagan spiritual practice that is used to bring harmony, reverence, and spiritual connection between humans and the magic of nature. While druids featured prominently in many medieval Scottish and Irish sources, there were also Welsh druids.

Who destroyed the Druids? ›

Following the Roman invasion of Gaul, the druid orders were suppressed by the Roman government under the 1st-century CE emperors Tiberius and Claudius, and had disappeared from the written record by the 2nd century.

Were Druids Welsh or Irish? ›

Druidism, in fact, traces its origins to ancient Wales, where the order began long before the advent of written history. Druids were the priests of the early Celtic religion, on the top rung of the three-tiered Celtic society consisting of serfs, warriors, and learned men.

What is a bad druid called? ›

Btw an evil druid is called a Darach.

What is the Druidism symbol? ›

In some forms of modern Druidism, the term is symbolized by an emblem showing three straight lines that spread apart as they move downward, drawn within a circle or a series of circles of varying thickness, often with a dot, or point, atop each line.


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