Here is the YouTube trailer for a new documentary on British Druidry. Yes, that is Ronald Hutton at the beginning (long hair, glasses). (If the YouTube link does not work, try this one.)
And here is the video clip dissected with a sharp knife by a different British Pagan academic.
It’s true: there is nothing in the historical record on ancient Druids (which would fill about two typed pages) about land ownership or the rights of women. The one speaker is simply making it up.
It is the “crisis of history” again. Can your religion get respect when it is based on non-existent “history”? It works for the Mormons, true, but not without some pain.
Hutton’s Blood and Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain offers the whole history of making up Druidic “history.”
¶ Some British Pagans want to rebury a 4,000-year-old skeleton. It seems to me that they are just parroting NAGRPA language without realizing that (to borrow from another blogger) that the Archbishop of Canterbury has as much “blood” claim to the bones as they do.
¶ George Plimpton was an American writer of what was once called “new journalism” and is now called creative nonfiction. But this article about him in The Nation also points out to what extent famous literary journals were subsidized by the CIA as part of the culture war with the Soviet Union. Who says our government does not support the arts?
¶ Anne Hill defines “California Cosmology” and its evil twin.
¶ Apparently “analog” now means “natural.” I missed that.
So is the “planetary consciousness” of neotribal gatherings like Boom just window dressing for the same old hedonistic consumption and pursuit of distraction? Perhaps. But as a self-consciously visionary environment, Boom necessarily foreshadowed the apocalypse as much as the eco-dream.
¶ A wall painting at the Neolithic town of Catal Huyuk was often called the world’s oldest map. But what if it is not a map at all? Would that mean that map-making was not practiced by “peaceful ancient matriarchies” but was invented by them evil Kurgans?