Showing posts with label Druids. Show all posts
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

History Mystery: Realm of Myths and Legends -14


Druids: Priesthood of pre Roman Celtic religion in Gaul and Britain, whose rites are said to have involved human sacrifice. They seem to have had knowledge of astronomy, and claimed to have prophetic powers. They believed that the soul was immortal. It was once thought that the Druids built Stonehenge and other stone circles as their temples. However, although the Druids may have used Stonehenge, archaeology shows that the circle was finished around 1550 BC- some 1200 years before the earliest know Druids.

The druid means ‘knowing the oak tree’ and may refer to their rituals which took place in sacred oak groves.





Elysian Fields: In Greek mythology, the place where the soul of the righteous go after death. According to Homer, it is a beautiful region at the end of the Earth. Figuratively, the Elysian Fields are a place or condition of ideal happiness.

The French translation of Elysian Fields, ‘Champs Elysees’, is the name of the principal boulevard in Paris.


The Fates: Three Greek and Roman goddess who governed human fate. They are Clotho, the spinner of man’s destiny; Lachesis, the weaver of chance; and Atropos, who cuts the thread of life with her scissors when death comes.


Fairies: Supernatural beings found in the folklore of many countries; often mischievous, they are capable of assisting or harassing humans. Hundreds of kinds of fairies have been described, varying in size, character and magical powers. They are said to cover human babies, and cradle snatching is their chief vice. In place of the stolen baby they leave a changeling- a fairy child or a piece of wood carved to look like a child. The Christian church once thought that fairies were fallen angels, or the souls of babies who had died anabaptized.