Druids, Brahmins, Buddhist empires, and the fall of Constantinople

A great article for those who want to look into the scholarly side of Druidry/Druidism.

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Modern Druidry is hugely influenced by Iolo Morganwg, the eighteenth-century genius: poet, religious reformer, and political radical.

Iolo’s Barddas forms the core of religious Druidry, rather than the psychotherapy-influenced Druidry of OBOD, for example.

In Barddas, Iolo sets out the concept of the soul’s journey from Annwn, through Abred, to Gwynfyd; from the least, barely sentient, form of life, through endless reincarnations, to the world of spirit (where the soul continues to change and move towards greater enlightenment).

Iolo was inspired by his reading of Asian literature, particularly that of Hinduism. In his day, the British were active in India through the East India Company, and the loss of the American colonies was beginning the expansionist drive that would eventually lead to the Raj, the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of the British Empire. In this period, the British in India (according to William Dalrymple in City of Djinns)…

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An update on my Crane Book of Wisdom

NOTE: I needed time to collect my thoughts for this post. So, please enjoy the read.

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May 5, 2018; Cinco de Mayo:

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It took four years and five months, but I have finally completed my first Crane Book of Wisdom. Book 1 is completed and I am now starting Book Two. Its been an interesting journey. I had started one before, but lost it along the way on my journey through this life of mine.

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I have also, as means of honoring my fathers memory, started wearing a silver cross. This cross is engraved with fathers initials and birthday. He was Protestant, a Lutheran. And yes, I still miss him. Even though he died from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

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But most importantly, the journey that was Book One was fun, thrilling, and arduous. But well worth the ride. I hope Book Two is more of the same.

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Nine Blessings to all!

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