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Contemporary Druidry A Native Tradition?,9781441138545

Contemporary Druidry A Native Tradition?

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Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 4/20/2017
Publisher(s): Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

The popular view of Druidry is that it is a peculiar, anachronistic pastime, of little relevance to society today. However, far removed from ancient or even Victorian representations, contemporary Druidry is positioning itself as an 'indigenous religion' that responds to today's world. Contemporary Druidry has evolved considerably since its modern beginnings in 18th century England and in September 2010 The Druid Network was registered as a religious charity by the Charity Commission in the UK. Druid orders have long been representing themselves as the native or indigenous tradition of Britain, challenging existing definitions of 'indigenous religion' as a kinship-based religion of first peoples.

In the first book of its kind, Suzanne Owen and William Rathouse explore the problems with defining and categorising Druidry, offer a study of current Druid movements and activities, and discuss differing concepts of emplacement and indigeneity. Their fascinating research is based upon a mixture of discourse analysis of print and on-line texts written by contemporary Druids, interviews and participant observation, making this book the definitive guide to contemporary British Druidry.

Author Biography

Suzanne Owen is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at the Leeds Trinity University, UK.

William Rathouse is Doctoral Candidate in Social Archaeology, Univeristy of Wales Trinity Saint David, UK

Table of Contents

Part I: What is Druidry?
1. Introduction
2. Defining Druidry
3. Druid Organisations
4. Druidry and Christianity

Part II: ‘Spirits of Place'
5. Druidry and the Land
6. Druidry as an Indigenous Religion
7. Engaged Druidry: Heritage and Human Remains

Part III
8. Conclusion

Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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