Tony Taylor, Archdruid & Founder,
Excerpt from: People of the Earth:
The New Pagans Speak Out
by Ellen Evert Hopman and Lawrence Bond
From the interview with Tony Taylor (Co-founder of the Henge of Keltria and Editor of Keltria: Journal of Druidism and Celtic Magick).
"So what is unique about the Keltrian liturgical system?
It is designed to focus around developing the individual person's relationship with the ancestors, the nature spirits, and the Gods and Goddesses of their tribe.
Another difference is that Keltria is very egalitarian in terms of its officers. Both males and females are equally recognized and accepted and desired for any position, which is quite different from other Druidic groups, many of which seem to be quite patriarchal."
"How do you think Druidism can affect American culture?
Druidism has a couple of major aspects which if developed in the mainstream could make a substantial difference. The first one is, of course, the reverence for nature. The idea that the earth is something that needs to be taken care of, loved and cherished, and so on. The second thing is the relationship that Druidism provides with the ancestors. Fundamental respect, love, and nurturing of the ancestors is something that our culture has really lost. This includes grandparents and parents. All elders are to be respected. The third notion is the one of tribalism. In the Keltrian Druid perspective there is a set of Gods and Goddesses amongst the group of people who worship together. The honoring of the tribal Deities becomes a mechanism for the extended family."
Copyright © 1996 Ellen Evert Hopman
and Lawrence Bond
Used with permission of the author.
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