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The world of the Druids
Aldhouse-Green, Miranda J.
Adult Nonfiction BL910.G74 1997

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ContentsPage
I - Finding the Druids
How Do We Know About the Druids?p. 8
The Druids in Celtic Societyp. 10
The Geography of the Celtic Worldp. 11
An Outline History of the Druidsp. 14
The Oak and the Mistletoep. 18
Timeline for Druidismp. 20
II - The Celts and the Supernatural
The Nature of Celtic Religionp. 24
The Celtic Pantheonp. 26
A God in Every Placep. 29
Druids in Contextp. 31
Druidic Organizationp. 32
Ceremonies and Festivalsp. 34
The Farming Yearp. 37
III - The Druids in Classical Literature
The Chroniclersp. 40
Druids and the Social Orderp. 44
Healers and Magiciansp. 46
The Druids and Educationp. 48
Philosophers and Scientistsp. 50
Immortality and Rebirthp. 51
Druids and Romansp. 52
IV - Digging Up Druids
Priesthoods in European Prehistoryp. 56
Images of the Druidsp. 58
Ceremonial Regalia: Badges of Officep. 60
Gifts to the Divine Powersp. 64
Cauldrons and Holy Waterp. 66
Death, Burial and the Afterlifep. 68
V - Sacrifice and Prophecy
The Concept of Sacrificep. 72
Sacrifice in Actionp. 74
Ritual Murderp. 76
Flesh for the Godsp. 78
Bodies in the Bogp. 80
The Danish Bog Victimsp. 82
Animals as Sacrificial Victimsp. 85
Divination: Telling the Futurep. 88
Prophets and Oraclesp. 90
VI - The Female Druids
Women in Celtic Societyp. 94
Druidesses and Wise Womenp. 97
Witches and Magicp. 98
Priestess and Prophetess in Irish Mythp. 101
Virgin Priestessesp. 103
VII - Sacred Places and Their Priests
Sacred Groves and Poolsp. 108
Shrines and Templesp. 110
The Sacred Spring at Bathp. 112
Priests in Celtic Sanctuariesp. 115
The Sacred Healersp. 118
Enclosing Holy Spacep. 120
VIII - Druids in Irish Myth
The Learned Classp. 124
The Early Mythsp. 125
Cathbadh of Ulsterp. 128
Sacral Kingship and Druidic Prophecyp. 130
Druidism and Christianityp. 134
IX - Druids Resurrected
The Druidic Revival of the Renaissancep. 140
Stukeley and His Peersp. 142
The Stonehenge Connectionp. 144
Realists and Romanticsp. 146
Druids as Illustratedp. 150
Birth of a Welsh Mythp. 152
Druids, the Eisteddfod and Welsh Identityp. 156
X - Druids Today
Neo-Paganism and the Old Religionp. 160
Witches and Druidsp. 162
Ceremony and Celebrationp. 166
Modern Druid Organizationsp. 169
Stonehenge Prohibitedp. 172
The Modern Druid Doctrinep. 177
Guardians of the Planetp. 179
Directory of Modern Druid Organizationsp. 180
Gazetteerp. 182
Further Readingp. 184
Acknowledgmentsp. 186
Indexp. 188


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