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The Druids: Celtic Priests of Nature
     

The Druids: Celtic Priests of Nature

by Jean Markale, Jon Graham (Translator)
 
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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
" . . a very fascinating and informative book (no fluff here), definitely not to be missed."

"Do yourself a favor and expand your view of Druids and Celtic culture. Buy this book and read it. Decide for yourself if you agree with the author's premise. Then take the time to think about it in depth and see if your opinions change."

"There is no better spokesman for the ancient Celts than Jean Markale."

Andre Brenton
"There is no better spokesman for the ancient Celts than Jean Markale."
Belladonna's Book Shelf
" . . a very fascinating and informative book (no fluff here), definitely not to be missed."
Mike Gleason
"Do yourself a favor and expand your view of Druids and Celtic culture. Buy this book and read it. Decide for yourself if you agree with the author's premise. Then take the time to think about it in depth and see if your opinions change."
André Brenton
"There is no better spokesman for the ancient Celts than Jean Markale."
André Brenton
"There is no better spokesman for the ancient Celts than Jean Markale."
Feb 2007 Belladonna's Book Shelf
" . . a very fascinating and informative book (no fluff here), definitely not to be missed."
author of Manifestoes of Surrealism André Brenton
"There is no better spokesman for the ancient Celts than Jean Markale."
author of Manifestoes of Surrealism André Brenton
"There is no better spokesman for the ancient Celts than Jean Markale."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892817030
Publisher:
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Edition description:
1st U.S. Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
410,532
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Andre Breton
There is no better spokesman for the ancient Celts than Jean Markale.
From the Publisher
"There is no better spokesman for the ancient Celts than Jean Markale."

" . . a very fascinating and informative book (no fluff here), definitely not to be missed."

"Do yourself a favor and expand your view of Druids and Celtic culture. Buy this book and read it. Decide for yourself if you agree with the author's premise. Then take the time to think about it in depth and see if your opinions change."

Meet 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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