I wrote this as a contribution to a discussion that’s ongoing in the members’ forums of the Druid Network. Those are private, so I thought I might post it here so that a broader audience can read it and contribute their thoughts.
History is a jigsaw puzzle. To gain a view of the past, we need to put together pieces gleaned from archaeology and from surviving records. Increasingly, it seems clear that we can also learn from myths, passed down through generations via the oral tradition to the point when they were recorded in writing.
There has been a flurry of articles recently about a paper published by Professor Mike Parker Pearson and his colleagues from a number of British Universities: The original Stonehenge? A dismantled stone circle in the Preseli Hills of west Wales:
I first read The Crow Goddess decades ago, when I was an undergraduate. I must have found it in a second-hand bookshop somewhere – I have no recollection of where – because I’m pretty sure that it was long out of print even then. Still, if you can find a copy, it’s very much worth snapping it up as it’s the best work I’ve read of life in the ancient world of the Celts.
We know from Greek and Roman sources that Anglesey, the island separated from north Wales by the narrow, tidal, Menai Strait, was the centre of European Druidry: the place where noble youth from across the Celtic world went to study the lore and mysteries of the Druids.
In this post I am claiming a world first. I make a connection that, having searched online, I can’t find anyone else making. What is it? Find out below…
Now, I have music on my mind…. so bear with me as I dive down the rabbit hole…