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84,430. What was the purpose of this ancient magic? And who were the wizards who dealt in it? To find out I need to probe deep into our pagan past, to a time when magic was everywhere, and the people who controlled that magic were all-powerful. (Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids) Professor Richard Rudgley, Pagans: Magic Moments
84,431. At six hundred years older than Stonehenge, Newgrange in Ireland is a monument that sheds a remarkable shaft of light into a dark and magical past. It give us perhaps the first clue to magic in the pagan world. (Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids) ibid.
84,432. We associate the full moon with everything supernatural ... The moonlight was considered a special source of energy. Our ancestors had a close relationship with the night sky. (Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids) ibid.
84,433. Could it be that the legend of King Arthur’s sword in the stone is inspired by the magical smiths of the Bronze Age? (Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids & Arthur) ibid.
65,700. In 1999 treasure hunters were scouring the site of a Bronze Age hill fort near the German town of Nebra when they dug down and revealed a three and a half thousand year old bronze disc – the Nebra Star Disk, 1,600 B.C. The Disc was buried with a pair of fine swords and fine tools. This was the first evidence of a new and powerful cast of wizard priests. (Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids) ibid.
84,434. There was no distinction between magic and medicine in the pagan world. (Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids) ibid.
84,435. The Shaman figure has existed for tens of thousands of years. He is as old as magic itself ... He did this with the magic chemistry of the forest. (Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids) ibid.
65,701. The Star Disc is embossed with gold leaf images of the sun, moon and thirty-two stars. (Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids) ibid.
123,773. Around 1,500 years ago during a period that we used to refer to as the Dark Ages, the Irish played a very different role. Back then, they were the Irish that brought civilisation of Britain. It’s an epic story of decline and renewal. (Celts & Ireland & Druid) Dan Snow, How the Celts Saved Britain I, BBC 2018
123,774. Ireland: one of the most profound social and cultural revolutions that Europe and Britain had ever seen. (Celts & Ireland & Druid) ibid.
123,775. Rome: They spread culture and learning across the known world. From the Red Sea to the Atlantic. (Celts & Ireland & Druid) ibid.
123,776. A tribal Ireland with many kingdom. It was a pagan land whose subsistence and wealth was measured in cattle … Hibernia: the land of winter … Ireland was a place of sacred trees and woods and lakes presided over by druids … a religion of animal and human sacrifice. (Celts & Ireland & Druid) ibid.
123,777. The druid religion had once extended right across western Europe. The Romans were so disturbed by it, they made it illegal on pain of death. (Celts & Ireland & Druids) ibid.
123,778. ‘They saw Patrick as the deadly enemy.’ (Celts & Ireland & Druids) ibid. historian
116,513. The druids of Celtic Britain are remembered as mystical holy men. Holding the secrets of nature. But ancient sources also accuse them of human sacrifice and even cannibalism. (Druid & Pagan) The Truth Behind s2e7: The Secrets of the Druids, National Geographic