- The word Druid, which occurs so frequently in Welsh myth, may possibly come from ‘derroydd’ or ‘oak seer’ and may also be related to the Fathi of the Irish Celts. At this stage it is somewhat difficult to determine the main features of the Druidical religion, but it would appear that the Druids themselves, who may have been of pre-Celtic origin, occupied a position similar to that of the Magi.While all the excesses attributed to them by the Romans may not be true, there seems to be no reason for assuming that their religious practices were any milder than those of their contemporaries. The cutting of the mistletoe from the oak would appear to commemorate the emasculation of the old king by his successor. References to them in classical literature include Tacitus, Diogenes Laertius, and Sotion of Alexandria.
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