Do you have an interest in the druids past and present Do you want to know the facts, not someone s romanticized version of them Then this book is what you are looking for Dr Green presents the evidence with accuracy and sensitivity, describing what is known about the druids before the coming of Christianity which is actually very little , the evidence of the medieval tales and saints lives which is suspect , and the efforts to revive druidry since the Renaissance The illustrations are carefully described, appropriate to the text, and beautifully reproduced My only complaint is that Dr Green s description of modern druids mainly covers groups in the UK, with little acknowledgement that groups exist worldwide Nevertheless, I highly recommend this volume as an ideal introduction to the subject for yourself or as a gift.
The World Of The Druids is one of those books I checked out from the library and decided that I needed to own it In fact I believe I read it 5 times before recently purchasing it It is a very good overview of the Celts, their Druids, their gods, religion and society Included are also sections on modern day Druidism and even Neo Paganism The imagery, tables, and artwork add to the appeal of the book.
The World Of The Druids is a great book for those interested in the Druids and of the Celts and those who would like solid information devoid of the romantic interpretation first put forward in the 18th century Don t get me wrong, the book does indeed touch on the romantic interpretations of the Druids yet separates such views to place them in context.
The book definitely clears up much misinformation on the Druids, their belief structures, and forms of worship Green is very careful to point out what we know and what we don t know concerning the Celts and their religion.
If you are fascinated by all things Celtic, Druidic, or even a lover of mythology, religion, and ancient history, then this is a book you will likely want to have in your collection.
I found this book to be an excellent reference for my druid studies If there is anything about it to be improved I would tell the publisher that the choice of font size and non boldness of the printing caused me a lot of eye strain It was worth it though and I expect this book will be a companion to me for many years.
This book offers a simplistic look at a complex religion and gives too much space to neo druidism It was published in 1995, so the misinformation about a Druid connection to Stonehenge which covers many chapters in the book can possibly be forgiven Most unfortunate was that the author silos off women into one chapter, as if Druids were a patriarchal society Some good information, but pretty disappointing overall.
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This is a reasonably good introductory book on the Druids It does tend to brush over some areas without as much detail as some other books in an effort to appear credible, thus fresh ideas are somewhat lacking For those looking for of an introduction to Druid history, this abridged scaled down work is a bit easier than many other texts, but it may not serve as well for those with a solid grasp of Druidry and Celtic studies I personally find much of Miranda Green s work simply reiterates what is already commonly written by other authors, and I don t get much new out of her work, which is a shame given her enjoyable writing style.
Discussion analysis of Celtic mythology is relatively light, especially that from Non Irish sources, but her accounts and interpretation are considered standard by many Her account on women in Celtic Society, and as female Seers and Druidesses, she gives them an entire chapter is somewhat refreshing.
My only other complaint would be in her description of modern day Druids all being Neo Druids, and her promotion of a shared perception between Druids and Wiccans While they are quoted as being separate and distinct, the focus on Wiccan beliefs, rituals and coven membership seemed unnecessary in a scholary book I found it sad that the author felt the need to promote witchcraft in the form of Wicca, yet made no mention of Celtic witchcraft or magic, and shamanic practices for lack of a better term , which is laden throughout Celtic folklore, scarcely got a paragraph s mention, next to the five pages she dedicated to Wicca.
Mostly minor complaints aside, all in all, this is a good general book on Druidry, but I would recommend comparing it to other, detailed works, to fill in those areas where detail isn t as deep as it should be, comments are light, and varying interpretations are needed This book also does not hold up to her work on the Celts in general The Celtic World , but it s still reasonably good Just be sure to compare her offerings to that of others like Anne Ross, Alwyn Brinley Rees, Nora Chadwick and Peter Berresford Ellis, for a wider range of understanding and viewpoints on the Druids, and the Celts in General.