I guess the skilled knife-hand of an ovate is not in much demand today, true as for what was sacrificed, we don't know for sure about what animals (or do we? likely cattle and horses), re: humans - see my first post...Ovate to be present at sacrifices among other duties, I wonder what the sacrifices were and for what reason? And maybe that is an aspect that is no longer needed or expected today.
See, to approach the topic without anxiety, that is already a lesson to learn.As for contemplating on the deaths of those close to you that are alive, I don't think that is healthy and can lead to all kinds of anxiety and psychological disorders.
Salomea wrote:As for cursing people, I guess it's true that it does damage also the cursing person, but what if but what if the person is already damaged and/or what if it's a concious decision, because the case if bigger than just you? Would you not use curses if you were at Ynys Môn in AD 60? Obviously cursing someone because s/he took your parking place is just stupid, but learning about curses and methods of protecting in historical context is not really bad idea, cause I think it illustrates great the responsibility that was on ancient druids (and possibly on us too).
DJ Droood wrote:Although I would suggest that Ynys Môn is a good example of how cursing isn't an effective strategy, at least militarily. Might have been more effective scaring the hoi polloi into conformity.
Salomea wrote:DJ Droood wrote:Although I would suggest that Ynys Môn is a good example of how cursing isn't an effective strategy, at least militarily. Might have been more effective scaring the hoi polloi into conformity.
I'm not sure if you really can say that, first of all it never was a military strategy, at least not anyhow put before the standard military, and well they were in bit similar situation as those in Thermopile, they just didn't really stand a chance...
DJ Droood wrote:Salomea wrote:That is why I say it was ineffective....if there intent was to scare away the Romans, Paulinus wasn't rattled by it, even though his men were. (until they realized their swords still worked) Perhaps there was another reason for their display on the beach...to prepare themselves to die well, or something..in which case it worked. Did they use spells and curses at Thermopylae? I thought they just fought like heck. But you are right, when you are outnumbered and surrounded, the reality of the situation takes hold...talk about the dark side....
This originally came from the Romans - as they had stopped religious human sacrifice it was regarded as a barbarous act and gave the Roman's an excuse to come along and civilize them. Similar arguments have been used by other imperial powers.People are also demonizing the “human sacrifice” case.
No they were far too Laconic for that. Although they were notoriously superstitious.I've no knowledge about Spartans using curses back there
Darkwolf Of Avalon wrote:... trained not of an old order but wiccan (and that is not spelt right) its the USA spelling it real spelling is if you know your lore and history like real druids should after 28 to 30 years training like real druids then you should know its spelt (WICKIEN) like the town of wick where it comes from ...
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