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The Druids: Celtic Priests of Nature

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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.

About the Author

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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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.

Poet, philosopher, historian, and storyteller, Jean Markale has spenta lifetime researching Celtic civilizations. He is the author of more than40 books on pre-Christian societies, including The Celts, Merlin, Womenof the Celts,and King of the Celts. He lives in the Brittanyregion of France.andnbsp;andnbsp;

The Druids

Celtic Priests of Nature

Foreword

Part One: The Druids

1andnbsp;andnbsp; The Druids' Name

2andnbsp;andnbsp; The Druidic Hierarchy

3andnbsp;andnbsp; The Druids and Society

Part Two: The Beginning Times

4andnbsp;andnbsp; Where Did Druidism Come From?

5andnbsp;andnbsp; Gods and Men

6andnbsp;andnbsp; The God Above the Gods

7andnbsp;andnbsp; The Physician and the Sun

8andnbsp;andnbsp; The Warrior Deity

9andnbsp;andnbsp; The Father of All

10andnbsp; The Three-Faced Goddess

11andnbsp; In the Depths of the Sanctuary

Part Three: Initiations and Rituals

12andnbsp; The Druidic Sanctuary

13andnbsp; Mistletoe and Plant Ritual

14andnbsp; The Four Elements

15andnbsp; The Sacrifices

16andnbsp; Festivals and Holidays

17andnbsp; The Power of the Word

18andnbsp; Totemism and Shamanism

19 Neodruidism

Part Four: Druidic Thought

20 A False Polytheism

21 Druidic Monism

22andnbsp; Mind and Matter

23 The Otherworld

24 The Quest

Conclusion

Notes

Indexandquot;There is no better spokesman for the ancient Celts than Jean Markale.andquot;
< p > Andrand#233; Brenton, author of < i > Manifestoes of Surrealism < /i > < /p >

Product Details

ISBN:
9780892817030
Translator:
Graham, Jon
Author:
Graham, Jon
Author:
Markale, Jean
Publisher:
Inner Traditions International
Location:
Rochester, Vt. :
Subject:
Ethnic & Tribal
Subject:
Alternate Spirituality
Subject:
Druids and druidism
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Subject:
Spirituality - Celtic
Subject:
Religion Western-Mysticism
Subject:
CELTIC STUDIES;MYTHS, LEGENDS &amp; HISTORY
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
19990231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.8 in 13.72 oz

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