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Topic: Witchcraft & Druids old England (way long)
Message: Posted by: Chaplain_63 (Mar 9, 2015 06:22PM)
Darkness sugested that I post a bit of the olde English history,maybe we could get ideas flowing for routines,or "Olde Spice" something up.
Sorry it was there and I couldn't help my self Magic in Anglo-Saxon England refers to the belief and practice of magic by the Anglo-Saxons between the fifth and eleventh centuries CE in Early Mediaeval England. In this period, magical practices were used for a variety of reasons, but from the available evidence it appears that they were predominantly used for healing ailments and creating amulets, although it is apparent that at times they were also used to curse.

The Anglo-Saxon period was dominated by two separate religious traditions, the polytheistic Anglo-Saxon paganism and then the monotheistic Anglo-Saxon Christianity, both of which left their influences on the magical practices of the time.

What we know of Anglo-Saxon magic comes primarily from the surviving medical manuscripts, such as Bald's Leechbook and the Lacnunga, all of which date from the Christian era.

Written evidence shows that magical practices were performed by those involved in the medical profession. From burial evidence, various archaeologists have also argued for the existence of professional female magical practitioners that they have referred to as cunning women. Anglo-Saxons believed in witches, individuals who would perform malevolent magic to harm others.

In the late 6th century, Christian missionaries began converting Anglo-Saxon England, a process that took several centuries. From the 7th century on, Christian writers condemned the practice of malevolent magic or charms that called on pagan gods as witchcraft in their penitentials, and laws were enacted in various Christian kingdoms making witchcraft a illegal practice and therefore allowing action to be taken .
Druids or Druidism

Druids in Ancient Europe

Most of what we know about the ancient Celtic people in history, come from observances of classical Greek and Roman writers, as well as from archaeological evidences such as from the possessions of dead in burial sites and from shrines found throughout central and western Europe, as well as from the British Isles.

See Who Were The Celts? in About Celtic Myths.

Historical writings about the Celts began in the 1st century BC, by the Greeks and the Romans. Though, the Romans and the Greeks had encountered the Celts in wars centuries earlier, it is only the 1st century BC that historians began to observe their cultures and customs.

The first important description about the Celts, come from the writing of Posidonius (c. 135-51 BC), the Syrian Stoic philosopher, who described the Celtic society. Posidonius may have provided extensive description of the Celts, none of his works survived, except from references from other works, most particular by Strabo, Greek geographer of the 1st century AD. Strabo mentioned Posidonius as his main source about the Celtic society.

Contemporary to Posidonius, was the great Roman general and statesman, Julius Caesar (100-44 BC), who described the barbarians in his memoir, the Gallic Wars, during his campaigns in Gaul (France and Belgium) and southeast England. It seemed that Caesar's writing was probably influenced by Posidonius' description on the Celts, but Caesar did have first-hand encounter with the Celts, some of them serving him in his army as allies, such as the Aedui.

Both writers give us descriptions of the priestly class, known as the druids and druidesses.

Caesar wrote further that druidism had probably originated in Britain, and later introduced druids into Gauls. Whether this statement is true or not, many modern scholars and historians had researched and speculated endlessly upon the origin of the druids.

To Caesar, the druids were secretive but learned group, who enjoyed special privileges among the Celtic population. They did not have to fight in wars and they were exempted from paying taxes. They acted as judges in disputes and they presided over those who commit act of crime, as well as setting penalties. They could travel any where without hindrance from any tribes.

Though, there are many benefits of becoming a druid, it is still not an easy life. It may take over 20 years to learn the philosophy, divination, poetry, healing, religious rites and magic. And all this without committing anything to writing. The druids, or any Gaul for that matter, were fully aware of writing down their knowledge, but chose not to do so, because they preferred to rely on memories. For the druids, their pupils were required to exercise their mind.

The Gauls and the druids were not illiterate. Because of the trades between the Gauls and the Greek city of Massilia (modern Marseille) in southern France, the Gauls had earlier used Greek letters, mainly for trade purposes. The druids had never used the Greek writing to record their knowledge and customs. After Roman conquest of Gaul and Britain, later the Celts had adopted Roman letters for mainly commercial purposes.
Message: Posted by: David Eichler (Mar 9, 2015 06:45PM)
Chaplain_63, you have provided some wonderful food for thought!
Message: Posted by: Darkness (Mar 9, 2015 07:45PM)
Great info thanks!
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Mar 9, 2015 09:07PM)
Great info and a good read, well done !
Message: Posted by: R. Steiner (Mar 9, 2015 09:22PM)
Yes, this is great information! Thanks for taking the time to share it here.
Message: Posted by: Brynmore14 (Mar 10, 2015 07:14AM)
This is my cup of mistletoe tea. Thanks for posting.
Message: Posted by: Chaplain_63 (Mar 10, 2015 07:28AM)
Thanks everybody...only 8 more days and we go and present Bizarre Magick to the Horror Industry...about 3000 people - our show is called FREAKY FARMERS presents the PSYCHIC SIDESHOW www.haashow.com
Message: Posted by: Al Desmond (Mar 10, 2015 08:33AM)
[quote]On Mar 10, 2015, Chaplain_63 wrote:
Thanks everybody...only 8 more days and we go and present Bizarre Magick to the Horror Industry...about 3000 people - our show is called FREAKY FARMERS presents the PSYCHIC SIDESHOW www.haashow.com [/quote]

Did you write that long essay yourself?
Message: Posted by: Chaplain_63 (Mar 10, 2015 10:20AM)
Well Al I went and found all the info , after compiling said info I put into my document composer and tried to make sense of it all..then I copied that into the reply section here on this forum...not once did I claim that this was MY original piece...that's not me ,not once have I taken a SHOT at any member of this forum - never questioned anyones post (other than to find out where to purchase a object mentioned) it seems that some where along the way I've done something to offend you or somebody that you know...no more emails of apology sir, as Mr.Kipling noted "the dogs may nip and bark but the caravan rolls on."