Druidism druidism is a catch-all name for the modern reconstruction of the classical celtic religion however, in ancient practice, it wouldn't have been called druidism or druidry as druid is a title and not a religion, it shouldn't be used as a tag of religious affiliation (like catholic--you wouldn't call catholocism priestism, though admittedly some--particularly the british--have. Druidic symbols source 2: but with reference to old celtic religion, these tools are in the domain of the bard rather than the druid but just like the bards themselves, musical instruments were certainly a part of public druid ceremonies it is difficult to speculate if the ancient druids attributed particular qualities to particular. The traditional roles of druids that we can recognize that there exists a strong folk belief that druids performed these baptisms for the elite in ancient celtic society (though there was also a baptism by the mid-wife) draíocht was the religion of druids and it is the druids who were the most skilled at it to say that the celtic.
The druids were the ancient religious leaders, scientists and researchers of the celtic society for centuries, there was a common misconception that druids were only male however, numerous historical records attest to the fact that there were in fact women among their ranks. Druid, (celtic: “knowing [or finding] the oak tree”), member of the learned class among the ancient celts they seem to have frequented oak forests and acted as priests, teachers, and judges they seem to have frequented oak forests and acted as priests, teachers, and judges. Women had a viable place both within the druid religion and within the celtic/irish church “both men and women were included in the pagan druid priesthood, having equal status, and this equality was kept in the irish christian church. Female druids of today most often look back to our status in ancient times we view ourselves as the inheritors of a rich ancestral lineage, going back to the iron age.
Celtic women were distinct in the ancient world for the liberty and rights they enjoyed and the position they held in society compared to their counterparts in greek, roman and other ancient societies, they were allowed much freedom of activity and protection under the law. The magical ancient druids of ireland during the iron age, the druids made up the higher-educated tier of celtic society, including poets, doctors and spiritual leaders the legacy of the spiritual leaders is the most enduring and mysterious of the group. Ancient scotland - the picts and scots ancient scotland - stone age to kenneth mcalpin (5000 bc - 843 ad) it would appear that the power base of druid religion and culture derived from britain in other words, the druid religion may have spread outward from britain to europe rather than vice versa based on celtic tribal society. Ancient writers gave the name celts to various population groups living across central europe inland from the mediterranean coastal areas most scholars agree that the celtic culture first appeared in the late bronze age in the area of the upper danube sometime around the 13th century bce.
In those times, the religion and beliefs of the irish were tied more directly with nature, the movement of the sun throughout the year, and the celebrations of death and fertility https://www. Celtic society: warriors and craftsmen (this included druids and bards) were held in high regard in celtic society and were considered to be part of the noble class a king or chief was in charge farmers were part of the lower class in celtic society. Early tribal celtic society was powerful and widespread across northern europe an architect, i am a prophet, i am a serpent (gnadi)” the car of the goddess ceridwen was also drawn by serpents in ancient druid times one that was well versed in the mysteries was called a serpent, or adder the current plight of euro-tribal survival.
Druidism is rooted in the culture and mythology of western europe - in particular in those cultures which have come to be known as celtic, which stretch from ireland and parts of portugal in the west to france, switzerland and austria in the east. In the society of the ancient celtic druids were priests – intermediaries between gods and men, as teachers, judges and doctors the druids, who were priests in the ancient celtic religion possessed the wisdom of the oak. The ancient order of druids (aod) is a fraternal organisation founded in london, england, in 1781 that still operates to this day it is the earliest known english group to be founded based upon the iconography of the ancient druids , who were priest-like figures in iron age celtic paganism. Druidism refers to the system of religion and philosophy (and rites and ceremonies) taught by the druids, the priestly and learned class in the ancient celtic societies of western europe, britain and ireland. During the iron age, the druids made up the higher-educated tier of celtic society, including poets, doctors, and spiritual leaders the legacy of this last group is the most enduring and the most.
The introduction of the christian religion was the final blow that ended the equalitarianism of celtic society when the celts began to accept christianity, celtic women, as they had been in pagan times were equal with men in preaching religion (ellis, celtic women, p142. In that regard, while druids were more popular in ancient gaul and britain, men with high social status who acted as the guardians of tribal traditions were fairly common in the celtic world (even in distant galatia in asia minor. Celtic religion was strong on communal and ritual celebration when sacrifices were made, elaborate feasting on sacrificed animals provided a communal link with the supernatural world a good example of ritual religious practice is the bull feast (known as tarbhfhess in gaelic.
A druid (welsh: derwydd old irish: druí scottish gaelic: draoidh) was a member of the high-ranking professional class in ancient celtic cultures while perhaps best remembered as religious leaders, they were also legal authorities, adjudicators, lorekeepers, medical professionals, and political advisors. The druids and druidesses in ancient celtic society composed an intellectual elite, whose knowledge and training placed them as priests of the celtic religion their training normally lasted over twenty years and consisted of the memorization of literature, poetry, history, and celtic law (condren, 1989. Druidism druidism was the ancient magical religious faith found to be operating in gaul  and later england  and ireland  as the romans pushed northward that has been revived as a twentieth-century neo-pagan religion. The religious beliefs and practices of the ancient celts the celts, an ancient indo-european people, reached the apogee of their influence and territorial expansion during the 4th century bc, extending across the length of europe from britain to asia minor.