Dharma and Druidry: My Personal Journey into Belief and Science (Part Two)
by Renu K. Aldrich
The Dharmic religions, in my case Hinduism specifically, have a rich history linking it to ancient Celtic worship. In the first part of this series, I explored the connections between Dharma and Druidry in my personal life and through associations in linguistics, spiritual traditions, beliefs, sacred chant and meditation, and festivals and holidays. In this second part, I explore commonalities in mythology and folklore, symbols, astrology, music and poetry, and laws, customs, and training. Join me in my exploration into the mists of time, back into the present where we strengthen our ties to one another.
Myths & Folklore
Evidence of common folklore from Ireland to India is purported by Peter Berresford-Ellis (2000) as well as Stith Thompson (2007) in his book The Folktale, which traces stories from Ireland to India. Many surviving Irish and Welsh myths show remarkable resemblances to the themes, stories, and even names in the sagas of the Indian Vedas (Berresford- Ellis, 2000).
As a historically oral tradition, Druids believe in myth and the power of storytelling to heal and enlighten as well as entertain. Teachings are transmitted through the creative arts—most especially via parables and songs full of symbolism and inspiration. Celtic deities had multiple functions and represented the forces of nature, dispensing ideas on ethics, justice, knowledge, arts, crafts, medicine, speech, and harvests (Ralls, 2008). They were called deuos or “shining one” (Hinduism Today, 1994).
Meanwhile, the stories of Hindu Gods and Goddesses teach dharma, the spiritual code of right from wrong, and other important life lessons. The early Vedic pantheon included deities with overlapping functions, such as natural forces, speech, crafts, arts, harvest, medicine, ethical order, and war (Hinduism Today, 1994; Ralls, 2008). They were invoked as devas or “shining ones.”...(To read the entire article click on the pdf link below).