reply to post by DeadSeraph
I completely agree, that the roots of Wicca can be traced, predominately my neck of the woods in Southern England is a prime location, but that is
because the cunning folk have always had a safe place in our society, and therein lies an intriguing trail.
If history looked back at the Roman Churches actions in my neck of the woods c1500s, i think it safe to assume they might come to a nasty conclusion
about that snapshot of the Roman church, i.e Bishop Bonner of London deciding that the best way to get the flock here back in line with the Roman
Church teachings was to have the largest human bonfire this country has seen, an act that is still unforgiven here abouts.
Such snapshots do not in my opinion give us a clear indication of what really went on, what the church really stood for, etc nor do snapshots and
Roman accounts give us a clear indication as what Druidic culture, mores etc where all about.. which was why I mentioned those non glosses of the
Where it could be said St Augustine of Hippo and Jerome where influenced by Manichaeism, it could be said the British Clerics that opposed Rome has
Drudic influence (they classified Rome as corrupt and not teaching the original word brought by Jesus. this was directly aimed at St Augustine of
Hippo, Jerome etc)
So, we have the example of the cunning folk still existing even when Christianity in Britain was at it's most brutal, destroying and killing all
those it deemed a threat, and we know the cunning folk existed in relative safety, as their communities protected them, therefore I feel it safe to
assume that the same thing happened with Druidic influence in Bythonic society under Roman rule.
Given we know this clash occurred between the Christian Churches in Britain and Rome existed over who was/was not teaching the original word at the
time Jerome translated the Vulgate, I think it is safe to assume the many non glosses of the Vulgate might give us some real indication of the true
nature of Druidic influence, or at least give us a counter point to the bits we already know.
Bit of a complicated ramble, and a lot of assumptions on my part, but I guess that is the point, the gap between the guessing now and then is far to
great to bridge without assuming... but we do have some sources, we just don't have access to them all, which is a real shame.