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The golden sickle : an introduction to contemporary Druidry

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The golden sickle : an introduction to contemporary Druidry

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dc.contributor.author Anczyk, Adam [USOS6992] pl
dc.date.accessioned 2015-12-15T15:32:19Z
dc.date.available 2015-12-15T15:32:19Z
dc.date.issued 2014 pl
dc.identifier.isbn 978-83-938791-1-3 pl
dc.identifier.uri http://ruj.uj.edu.pl/xmlui/handle/item/18299
dc.language eng pl
dc.rights Dodaję tylko opis bibliograficzny *
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dc.title The golden sickle : an introduction to contemporary Druidry pl
dc.type Book pl
dc.pubinfo Katowice : Sacrum Publiishing House pl
dc.description.physical 366 pl
dc.description.additional Bibliogr. s. 345-365 pl
dc.abstract.en In the ancient sources, Druids are presented both as philosophers and sages who “likewise discuss and impart to the youth many things respecting the stars and their motion, respecting the extent of the world and of our earth, respecting the nature of things, respecting the power and the majesty of the immortal gods.” (Caesar, De bel. Gal., VI, 14), and on the other hand, as blood sacrifcers of a religion in which „to murder a man was to do an act of the greatest devoutness, and to eat his flesh was to secure the highest blessings of health.” (Plinius Secundus, Nat. Hist., XXX, 4). Throughout its history, the Druid myth has undergone many transformations; the information on the alleged blood sacrifices passed by the ancients authors with time became forgotten, and the image of a Druid as a philosopher and expert on nature and its secrets stepped to the foreground. The aim of “The Golden Sickle",is to present the history of Druidism, from the ancient Roman and Greek testimonies on the Druids, to the revival of the Druidic myth in English literature and 19th-century British paramasonic Druidic orders, to the core issue of the book - presenting a panorama of modern Druidic movements, and, therefore, answering the question of “who modern Druids are and what do they believe”. Religious studies experts place contemporary Druidry among Neo-Pagan movements, as well as in the broader category of new religious movements. Modern Druidic organizations were established between 1960 and 1980 in the UK and the US (the largest include the British Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids and American Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship, however, one must remember that these two organizations are international and embrace members basically from every continent). Modern Druidry may take the form of a pan-religious spirituality (OBOD), open to everyone regardless of their creed, or the form of a new religion, a rebirth of the “Pagan spirit" based on the Celtic, but also Indo-European, heritage (ADF). Modern followers and sympathizers of Druidism view the natural world in terms of the sacred; they perform rituals during solstices and equinoxes in its honor; many of them believe in a spiritual or mystical side of reality and oppose fundamentalism in any form. They are a permanent part of the European cultural landscape, as evidenced by, among others, recognizing Druidism by the British Charity Commission (2010) as a fully-fledged religion, meeting the criteria for registration as a charity, as well as including elements of a Druidic ritual into the London 2012 Paralympic Games closing ceremony. pl
dc.subject.pl druidzi pl
dc.subject.en Druidic pl
dc.description.points 25 pl
dc.description.publication 18 pl
dc.participation Anczyk, Adam: 100%; pl
dc.affiliation Wydział Filozoficzny : Instytut Religioznawstwa pl
dc.subtype Monography pl
dc.rights.original bez licencji pl


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