Druid Appellation

The purpose of this labeling is to help one another to understand the places one is coming from in their explanation and talking about the druids in their practice. I see a lot of misunderstanding among folks; even heated discussions when talking about Druids of today to ancient Druids from Gaul to Ireland. So reconstruction/re-visioning of the Ancient Druids in a modern world to separate them from the modern Neo Druids. So when discussing this we now have words to help in the understanding of the ancient to the Modern.
These words are not just different ways of spelling and pronouncing them, they are words to define your practice using the language and meaning behind them. They are an identity for your religion/practice/tradition.

Ancient

Historically Attested

*Druis – Ancient Gaulish Druid

Religious leaders, medical professionals and political advisors.

*Druwis – Ancient Brittonic Druid

Religious leaders, medical professionals and political advisors.

Unattested from Mythical literature

Derwydd – Ancient Welsh Druid

Mythical characters probably based on the above. The Welsh Derwydd was more of a prophet than a religious leader/priest/ess.

Drui – Ancient Irish Druid

Mythical characters probably based on the above Druis and Druwis. The Drui was a priest/ess/counselors that told of great prophecies and had more mystical elements behind them.

Modern

When it comes to the Definition’s of these terms I will leave that up to those traditions to define that. As these should not be one persons idea but the traditions idea that they belong to.

Druits – Modern Gaulish Druid

Draoi – Modern Irish Druid

Drouiz – Modern Breton Druid

Derwydh – Modern Cornish Druid

Derwydd – Modern Welsh Druid

Druid – Modern Neo Druid


The Greeks called them  δρυΐδης (Druidēs)
The Romans Called them Druidae
Ultimately coming from Proto-Indo-European *Druwits


Special thanks to the Celtic Community

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