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The Making of a Druid: Hidden Teachings from The Colloquy of Two Sages
     

The Making of a Druid: Hidden Teachings from The Colloquy of Two Sages

by Christian J. Guyonvarc'h
 
Reveals the actual teaching methods of the druids.

• Provides new insights into the vast store of knowledge every druid was expected to know--knowledge that took fifteen to twenty years of rigorous study to acquire.

• Translation of the classic Celtic text, Imcallam in da Thuarad, generally translated as The Colloquy of Two Sages.

Overview

Reveals the actual teaching methods of the druids.

• Provides new insights into the vast store of knowledge every druid was expected to know--knowledge that took fifteen to twenty years of rigorous study to acquire.

• Translation of the classic Celtic text, Imcallam in da Thuarad, generally translated as The Colloquy of Two Sages.

• By eminent Celtic scholar Christian J. Guyonvarc'h, author of Magic, medecine et divination chez les Celtes (Magic, Medicine, and Divination among the Celts).

Because ancient druidic knowledge was transmitted orally, most of what has been represented as the teachings of the druids has been conjecture or fantasy. Now eminent Celtic scholar Christian J. Guyonvarc'h tears away the obscurity surrounding what the druids taught and how they taught it with his magisterial examination of the little-known Celtic text, Imcallam in da Thuarad, generally translated as The Colloquy of Two Sages.

Up to now, this text has been regarded as merely an elaborate battle of wits between two bards, a dispute centered on a younger bard's attempt to unseat an older bard's position in the court of Conchobar. Thanks to the present translation and its accompanying commentary, we now can see that this text depicts the examination by a teacher of a druidic candidate. Consequently, the reader gains valuable insight into the actual nature of druidic science and the vast store of knowledge--acquired over an arduous fifteen- to twenty-year period--necessary to become a druid. Both modern druids and Celtic aficionados alike will find The Making of a Druid a fascinating storehouse of forgotten wisdom.

Editorial Reviews

December 2001 Brigit's Feast
". . . a scholarly and ground breaking study. . . . provides us with fascinating insights into the vast knowledge that every druid was required to know."
From the Publisher
". . . a scholarly and ground breaking study. . . . provides us with fascinating insights into the vast knowledge that every druid was required to know."

"Guyonvarc'h reveals new rewards in a difficult work, and his reconsideration should attract many readers. Highly recommended."

"It is an invaluable source of what little knowledge we have of druidic wisdom."

Aquarius
"It is an invaluable source of what little knowledge we have of druidic wisdom."
Brigit's Feast
". . . a scholarly and ground breaking study. . . . provides us with fascinating insights into the vast knowledge that every druid was required to know."
March 2002 Aquarius
"It is an invaluable source of what little knowledge we have of druidic wisdom."
Library Journal
A former professor of Celtic studies at the University of Rennes, France, Guyonvarc'h has produced a serious, scholarly, and thoughtful new translation of the Colloquy of Two Sages, an Old Irish text fairly well known to scholars of the field but hitherto understood as a flyting, or contest, between two poets. Guyonvarc'h convincingly suggests that it is in fact a lightly Christianized pedagogical text about the education of a Druidic bard and that it is related to the eschatological literature of the Norse Eddas. Guyonvarc'h reveals new rewards in a difficult work, and his reconsideration should attract many readers. Highly recommended. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892818747
Publisher:
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Edition description:
1ST US
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.88(h) x 0.80(d)

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". . . a scholarly and ground breaking study. . . . provides us with fascinating insights into the vast knowledge that every druid was required to know."

"Guyonvarc'h reveals new rewards in a difficult work, and his reconsideration should attract many readers. Highly recommended."

"It is an invaluable source of what little knowledge we have of druidic wisdom."

Meet the Author

Christian J. Guyonvarc'h was a professor of Celtic studies at the University of Rennes before becoming a specialist in Irish Medieval texts. He is also the author of a number of important books on druids and Celtic magic, divination, and healing. He lives in France.

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