ok i’m concerned that i’ll look stupid for asking this but can someone please explain to me what druidry is?
The oringinal druids were an highly educated caste of celtic societies that served many roles, judges, advisors, historians, priests in ancient Celtic groups. Druidry slowly disappeared as Celtic cultures were conquered, and it had some its last outposts in Ireland, Wales and Scotland. Eventually druids were absorbed into Christianity and their traditions reduced to barding or gone underground. There was a revival during the romantic period based on legends, folklore, masonry and made up legends. This was a fairly ceremonial lodge system with a celtic flavor. Additionally, the phrase druid was still used by rural folk for their community healers, mediators and historians. Some immigrants to America and elsewhere still use the term in rural regions like the appalachias and ozarks. Today there are still organizations based off the revival, the rural folk using the term, and celtic reconstructionalists who are redefining it based off of ancient history, brehon laws fro Ireland and archeology. In mythology, druids are shapechangers, seers, magicians and advisors to kings and queens during war, marriages and births. Druids are often charged with fostering children in legends. Merlin is the quintisential mythic druid.