10 Facts About Druid


Druid was a member of the high-ranking class in ancient Celtic cultures.

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Druid wrote that they were exempt from military service and from paying taxes, and had the power to excommunicate people from religious festivals, making them social outcasts.

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Druid highlighted the attitude of "primitivism" in both Early Modern Europeans and Classical authors, owing to their perception that these newly encountered societies had less technological development and were backward in socio-political development.

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Druid's calls the first of these groups the "Posidonian" tradition after one of its primary exponents, Posidonious, and notes that it takes a largely critical attitude towards the Iron Age societies of Western Europe that emphasizes their "barbaric" qualities.

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Druid said they played an important part in Gaulish society, being one of the two respected classes along with the equites and that they performed the function of judges.

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Druid said that their main teaching was "the souls do not perish, but after death pass from one to another".

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Druid says these "terrified our soldiers who had never seen such a thing before".

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Druid'storian Ronald Hutton noted that there were two explanations for the use of the term in Wales: the first was that it was a survival from the pre-Christian era, when dryw had been ancient priests; the second was that the Welsh had borrowed the term from the Irish, as had the English .

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Druid's writings, published posthumously as The Iolo Manuscripts and Barddas, are not considered credible by contemporary scholars.

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Druid was arrested for cremating his deceased son, a practice he believed to be a druid ritual, but won his case; this in turn led to the Cremation Act 1902.

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