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Caesar's DruidsStory of an Ancient Priesthood$
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Miranda Aldhouse-Green

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300124422

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300124422.001.0001

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Druids, Oracles and Shamans

Druids, Oracles and Shamans

(p.81) Chapter 5 Druids, Oracles and Shamans
Caesar's Druids

Miranda Aldhouse-Green

Yale University Press

This chapter explains the visionary element in ancient Druidism and how it might connect the system of ecstatic relationship with the supernatural world widely known as shamanism. The way the Druids and other religious leaders worked in Roman Gaul and Britain was by stealth, waiting until political rebellion was in the wind, and then leaping forward to fan the flames of sedition and provide a support mechanism with which it could act. Classical authors comment on the prediction of the future as a central area of Druidic responsibility. The act of foretelling events by tapping into a spiritual force field, known as divination, is also an essential element in the package of traditional shamanistic behaviour. Shamanic communities in Soviet territories were perceived as followers of a primitive religion worthy of historical documentation but also as a subject for scorn and ridicule.

Keywords:   visionary element, ancient Druidism, ecstatic relationship, shamanism, supernatural, Druidic responsibility, divination

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