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12-29-2008 @ 5:02AM
Be very careful with the materials you look at to investigate druidism. The sources recommended by the author should be avoided, as druidism is specifically a Celtic belief and position. Tao and indigenous beliefs, while possibly contrasting with the modern worldview, will not expose you to the Celtic culture from which druidism springs.While druids did venerate nature, the chief purpose of a druid was to act in the roles of priest, judge, scholar, teacher, and musical storyteller, serving as the guardians and repositories of Celtic culture. While mostly pagan in religious belief, some current orders will accept pagans and Christians, as the traditional Celtic branch of Christianity was not incompatible with the druidic worldview. However, Celtic Christianity was superceded by Roman Catholic Christianity, which was incompatible. The danger in druidic research lies in the large amounts of sheer fiction generated by the misunderstandings and misconceptions from 200 years ago and the outright fabrications of certain individuals, such as Iolo Morganwg. While these more romanticised and spurious works might be of benefit to the roleplayer, since WoW druids are highly stylised exaggerations, serious students should avoid them.
12-29-2008 @ 5:49AM
Of course, this article was directed more towards roleplayers than serious students of any religion, so the author is not at fault in his links. However, the few people who truly want to delve into other religions would perhaps do well to heed your warning.
12-30-2008 @ 11:20AM
Um, I hate to poke hole in your argument... But the Celtic system of 'druidism' is VERY different from 'druids' in Warcraft. The best source for this is world outside your window and the WoW-RPG books. Malorne, Elune, and Cenarius are not Celtic deities, are very different from Celtic deities, and if you tried to be a warcraft druid with Celtic deities you would not be rolepleying correctly, but rather snowplowing in whatever YOU feel that the world should be. :(
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