Re: Who do druids worship By: Lark Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 2 Apr 19, 2018
The original Druids were the priestly class of the ancient Celts. Since the Celts were not a single people, but rather a confederation of loosely aligned tribes that stretched from Turkey to the British Isles, they worshipped a number of different deities depending on which particular tribe we are speaking of. The names of their deities were largely not shared with those not of their tribe, the common phrase being, "I worship the Gods my people worship." We have the names of a few of their Gods that were passed down to us by the enemies of the Celts such as the Greeks and Romans such as Sulis, Taranis, and Cernunnos.
Many hundreds of years after the Druids were gone, some Celtic tales were written down by Christian monks that also included names of Gods that the Celts allegedly worshiped; however, such takes must be suspect. The best known of these sagas are the Mabinogian and the Tain bo Culaigne. These stories cover the Irish and Welsh myths.
If you mean what Gods do modern Druids worship, then it is most likely to be the Gods and Goddesses of the Irish pantheon such as Lugh, the Dagdha, the Morrighen, Brighid, etc.
Modern Druids are just as wide spread as eclectic Wiccans. They worship many different deities from different pantheons or none at all, it just depends on the grove's tradition if they belong to one. ADF is highly varied as they focus on a whole melting pot of Indo-European cultures and deities. OBOD is also varied but relies largely on Welsh culture and mythology. I've seen Druids worshiping Irish, Welsh, Scottish, Norse, and Iberian deities and even the Christian God.