Throughout the past few centuries there has, perhaps, been no group of people which have so fascinated the popular mind of those inhabiting the British Isles than the druids. Some people see them as priests from Atlantis washed ashore somewhere in Wales, while others see them as savage barbarian priests who cruelly sacrificed animals, and even people in their abominable rites. Yet, these images are heavily tainted with bias, speculation, and even down-right forgeries (such as the famed Barddas manuscripts). When scholarship is applied to the evidence, a clearer, more realistic picture emerges. I intend to pursue this image in this paper. As evidence, I will be drawing from the legends, laws, and languages of the ancient Celtic tribes, as well as from archeological finds, such as Lindow Man. I intend to try to answer many questions regarding the druids, but there are some things which cannot be found. Such short-comings are inevitable, and, in this case, informed speculation is in order, but only after the evidence is considered.
Made by a Wishram school 7th grader