Gwion wrote:Presumably you’ve already researched heathenry. http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/paganism/subdivisions/heathenry_1.shtml
It’s interesting that, historically and as far as I can tell, reawakening awareness of and interest in our druidic heritage did not begin with the Welsh but probably with the Germans, then French and from there the Scots. English and Welsh interest followed on but it has been the Welsh heritage in particular that has persisted, following the establishment of the “cultural druid” movements led by figures such as Iolo Morganwyg. I wonder what would have happened if the Scottish academics of those early days had not decided that the druids were “bad” but had pursued and developed them as the Welsh eventually did.
Just as the Celts were more of a culture than a race and encompassed a variety of peoples, I wouldn’t be surprised to find that there had existed a form of druidry that looked to the North and the Scandinavian/Anglo-Saxon myths and gods but it seems the last 300+ years have focussed on the Brythonic Celts. I am aware of those on other druid forums who follow these northern gods but still see their closest links with other druids of the “southern” (to you!) Celts. http://theanimistscraft.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/druidry-and-the-english-tradition/
I’d be interested to hear the views of others on this question.
No I haven't, thanks for the links. Fascinating history.
Love your "looks to the north" phrasing, that expresses better and without getting tangled in northern/southern!
edited to add: Just begun to read and ponder the links... both thought-provoking and with many yeses... thank you.