Druids So little knowledge ,so many mysteries
Who are the Druids or more precisely who were they? According to many scholars ,they appeared in the British Island relatively around 2000 years ago,just to gain more influence in France around 200 AD. The word “druid” is originally Celtic meaning “the knowing or the wise one” and it is highly probably to be related to the Druids ‘ cult to the oak tree,since the Celtic word’s root of tree is “dru” . Moreover ,among the Druid’s society not everyone was granted with the great privilege to be a Druid ,hence this was an important position held by their ‘priest’ or ‘healer’ according to their custom.
However , all knowledge we possess about them is probably based on speculations and vague assumptions ,since it is derived only from the Romans. For instance, Jullian Ceaser said : “” they know much about the stars and celestial motions, and about the size of the earth and universe, and about the essential nature of things, and about the powers and authority of’ the immortal gods; and these things they teach to their pupils.”. From this point it is clear how sophisticated and advance was their society and their pagan beliefs ,how advanced was their knowledge about the world and all that surround us. Religion : Their religion was a hallmark of their existence as a society and they preserved tolerance and sophistication of it together. In the very center of their cult was not only the man himself ,but every living thing,too. Their humanity was extended in the life-circle of every plant and animal. They worshiped everything that breathes and appear to be a living matter. This appear to be in strong contradictions of some scholars ,who defend their theories with overwhelming eagerness ,that the Druids made sacrifices to their God/Gods by killing animals and even humans. These two suppositions strongly exclude themselves ,so that their coexistence is in variance with one another, making series of beliefs based on serious contradictions and uncertainty. Hence ,only one of the ideas must be true. Here the history, mythology and cultural evidences remain silent.
Furthermore, Druid’s system of beliefs ,according to many scholars , was based on the formulation of the very idea of the incarnation. For example,they believed that throughout the body and mind our souls are consisted of many impurities, that’s why we need to refine our Souls and we would have a chance to do so throughout the process of the Incarnation. Much more interesting is the fact that Druids performed a series of practices by rearranging themselves in circles and often danced within them. This was also part of their methods by which they could washed away their impurities and filth from their soul ,by reaching Gwynfyd (Nirvana).For example , in the Circle of Happiness ,they had to let go of hate ,ignorance and injustice and presumably embrace love,justice and knowledge. It is really fascinating how they divided everything in halves-good once and bad once- trying to find the divine contrast between them and simultaneously to let the goodness to prevail over evilness during their existence. That starkly contradicts with the notion of the human or animals’ sacrifices.
Finally , is there possibility that Druid’s history to be grotesques curved under the some Christians scholars ,making them to look like barbarians or evil pagans? Why so many historians remain silent when it is asked whether the Celts embraced the Druid’s religion by force or by their own desire? Like I said,too many questions without answer stood in front of us…