posted on Sep, 4 2003 @ 03:48 PM
To be honest, the lion's share of Druidic teachings were lost centuries ago. Many of the things that are passed off as "Druidic" nowadays are
really inventions from the last three centuries.
Essentially, during the Romantic era (1790s-1820s) and Celtic Revival (1880s-1920s) in literature/art, interest in the Druids spiked. Finding a lack
of info, people began to infer or invent the 'teachings' of the Druids. As a result, many of the things you see, today, as "Druidic" are, more or
less, literary inventions. This goes, and I expect to get heat for this, for many 'Pagan'/witch/'nature godess' practices that incorporated these
In reality, nearly all Druidic beliefs were lost because the Druids, themselves, were extremely exclusive, secretive... and insisted that their
teachings NOT be written down. Yes, some stuff was repressed by Christians... But most of it was lost because the Druids wanted it to be lost.
The Druids were, as much as we can tell, more than simple religious leaders. they had sub-castes that worked as lawyers (Brehon law in Ireland),
officials, and oral poets.
And... from a theological perpective... an analysis of what we know of them shows that they were not so much the 'nature worshippers' as
art/literature leads us to believe. Structurally... they are far more akin to 5th century Pythagoreans than 21st century covencraft followers.