The Druids

Celtic Priests of Nature
By (author) Jean Markale

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The Druids
Celtic Priests of Nature
By (author) Jean Markale

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Pages : 288

Book Size : 6 x 9

ISBN-13 : 9780892817030

Imprint : Inner Traditions

On Sale Date : February 01, 1999

Format : Paperback Book

A comprehensive and revealing look at the druids and their fundamental role in Celtic society, this book dispels many of the misconceptions about these important religious figures and their doctrine.
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About The Druids

A comprehensive and revealing look at the druids and their fundamental role in Celtic society that dispels many of the misconceptions about these important religious figures and their doctrine


• Written by the world's leading authority on Celtic culture


Druidism was one of the greatest and most exalting adventures of the human spirit, attempting to reconcile the unreconcilable, the individual and the collective, creator and created, good and evil, day and night, past and future, and life and death. Because of the oral nature of Celtic civilization our understanding of its spiritual truths and rituals is necessarily incomplete. Yet evidence exists that can provide the modern reader with a better understanding of the doctrine that took druidic apprentices 20 years to learn in the remote forests of the British Isles and Gaul.

Using the descriptions of the druids and their beliefs provided by the historians and chroniclers of classic antiquity--as well as those recorded by the insular Celts themselves when compelled, under Christianity's influence, to utilize writing to preserve their ancestral traditions--Jean Markale painstakingly pieces together all that is known for certain about them. The druids were more than simply the priests of the Celtic people; their influence extended to all aspects of Celtic life. The Druids covers everything concerning the Celtic religious domain, intellectual speculations, cultural or magical practices, various beliefs, and the so-called profane sciences that have come down from the Celtic priesthood.

Table of Contents

Table of content

 

The Druids
Celtic Priests of Nature

Foreword
Part One: The Druids
1   The Druids' Name
2   The Druidic Hierarchy
3   The Druids and Society
Part Two: The Beginning Times
4   Where Did Druidism Come From?
5   Gods and Men
6   The God Above the Gods
7   The Physician and the Sun
8   The Warrior Deity
9   The Father of All
10  The Three-Faced Goddess
11  In the Depths of the Sanctuary
Part Three: Initiations and Rituals
12  The Druidic Sanctuary
13  Mistletoe and Plant Ritual
14  The Four Elements
15  The Sacrifices
16  Festivals and Holidays
17  The Power of the Word
18  Totemism and Shamanism
19 Neodruidism
Part Four: Druidic Thought
20 A False Polytheism
21 Druidic Monism
22  Mind and Matter
23 The Otherworld
24 The Quest
Conclusion
Notes
Index

Author Bio
Poet, philosopher, historian, and storyteller, Jean Markale has spent a lifetime researching Celtic civilizations. He is the author of more than 40 books on pre-Christian societies, including The Celts, Merlin, Women of the Celts, and King of the Celts. He lives in the Brittany region of France. 
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Reviews

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Book Praise

"There is no better spokesman for the ancient Celts than Jean Markale."

André Brenton, author of Manifestoes of Surrealism



" . . a very fascinating and informative book (no fluff here), definitely not to be missed."
Belladonna's Book Shelf, Feb 2007

"Do yourself a favor and expand your view of Druids and Celtic culture. Buy this book and read it. Decide for yourself if you agree with the author's premise. Then take the time to think about it in depth and see if your opinions change."
Mike Gleason, Witchgrove, 2007

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