Unveiling the Mind-Blowing Mystical Secrets of Ancient Druids

CULTURE | September 11, 2023

The Ancient Druidic Sacrificial Mysteries

From the "Duncan Caesar", Tonson, Draper, and Dodsley edition of the Commentaries of Caesar translated by William Duncan published in 1753. (National Library of Wales)

According to Caesar's writings, the Druids turned to human sacrifice in dire circumstances, with criminals bearing the brunt of their rituals. Yet, when such wrongdoers were scarce, even innocents would be consigned to the dreadful fate of being burned alive within a ghastly wooden effigy - the dreaded wicker man. Diodorus Siculus painted an equally chilling picture, describing the druids as the mediators between mortals and the divine, performing prophetic rites with the aid of bird flights, holy animals, and the blood-curdling spectacle of plunging a dagger into a human chest to foresee destiny in the convulsing limbs and gushing blood.

As archaeologists unearth mass graves in ritual contexts, the debate rages on. Did the Iron Age Celts truly partake in such macabre practices, or did the Greeks and Romans, blinded by their own cultural superiority, fabricate these sinister tales to further distance themselves from the so-called "barbarian" tribes? Beneath the shadowed boughs of ancient oaks, the secrets of Druidic sacrifice lie entwined with the threads of time, challenging us to discern truth from myth and grapple with the unsettling allure of our mysterious past.

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