What Does Druidry Count As? Pagan or Heathen?

Accepting, for simplicity sake, the premise that the difference between what is Heathenry and what is Paganism lies solely in the nature of the root words – where does Druidry rest? Is it a part of the norther traditions, concerned with the worlds beyond out own and the myriad powers that inhabit them or part of the ‘pure magic’ southern traditions where the magic comes first and the source of it is left up to the practitioner?

For me Druidry comes from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. As separate countries that shared a common spiritual ancestry. The question of what is Druidry is one that will likely never be answered, unless someone works out a away to travel back in time. The simply state reason for this is that Druids passed on their teachings and practices through oral tradition and as a result of the Roman interactions (read: mass slaughter) with the Druids of the time, none of those teachings have survived in any kind of totality. Some things, such as Ogam fews, have survived somewhat intact. Hence, studying and practicing Druidry today has some inherent issues that stem from the lack of substantial, corroborate-able, information. Because of this, people throughout history have been want to recreate or reconstruct Druidry based on whatever information happens to be handy and even seemingly accurate.

The importance or significance of this that modern practices of Druidry tend to resemble other practices with bits of Druidry tacked on rather than proper or true Druidic practice. Normally I would not be so bold as to simply say what something is, or in this case is not, but this is one of those times where I can look at something like Wicca and then look at a book about Druidry and be able to say “Well… No, thats not Druidry, its Wicca with a different label and some minor facts about Druidry mixed in”. There is undoubtedly far better informed groups in 2013 than, I think, there have ever been before however these groups still, to my observation, lean towards the ‘tacked on’ approach to one degree or another.

Naturally, all of this comes with two caveats: lack of historical Druidic information and my own personal lack of in depth knowledge, particularly in the area of the information that current groups have available publicly and doubly so when it comes to the non-public information.


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