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a pre-Christian priest among the Celts of ancient Gaul and Britain and Ireland

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Stukeley was also the author of several works on British druidical history, including two that Blake knew well and used in developing Jerusalem, his Abury: A Temple of the British Druids (1743) and Stonehenge: A Temple Restor'd to the British Druids (1740).
Many sites were believed to have been altars of druidical sacrifice (though they predate "druids" by 1500 or more years), and many acquired names associating them with the devil.
And so far back with us as in the days of druidical influence, we find it was part of the profession of the bards to perform the funeral ceremonies, to sing to their harps the virtues of the dead, and to call on the living to emulate their deeds (183-4).
Stukeley was surveying the megaliths of Stonehenge and Avebury, believing them to be products of a druidical civilization that could match that of ancient Rome for intellectual and technological sophistication.
The newness is brought home to her by the disparity between the d'Urberville estate of "recent erection" and "The Chase--a truly venerable tract of forest land; one of the few remaining woodlands in England of undoubted primaeval date, wherein Druidical mistletoe was still found on aged oaks.
The custom still prevailing in Harbottle of passing sick children over the Drake Stone may be a relic of Druidical times.
The New Yorker is the only magazine in America, probably in the world, to inspire reverence and druidical devotion.
30) Heath's account of the Kymin hardly resolves this equivocal position, with allusion to its Celtic etymology, the Druidical associations of the nearby Buckstone, (31) and in the description of the views from the hill, constant reference to sites, especially mountains, in Wales, such as the Blorenge and the Brecon Beacons, as well as England, ranging from the Clee Hills in Shropshire to the Mendips in Somerset.
Significantly, Tess, who is compared to an animal at least thirteen times (48, 95, 116, 118 [twice], 187, 190, 212, 222, 267, 281, 321, 385), is forced to surrender her virginity to Alec in The Chase, the ancient site of druidic animal sacrifices "wherein Druidical mistletoe was still found on aged oaks" (32).
The organisation will reform as the Druidical IRA and dedicate itself to achieving a united Ireland with the help of the Earth gods and goddesses.
He believed a druidical pageantry would best represent the antiquity of the Welsh language and its culture, for, as Julius Caesar and Tacitus testify, the Druids were the guardians and promoters of the Celtic civilisation on the continent of Europe as well as in Britain before the coming of the Romans and the Saxons also, who had begun to attack parts of eastern Britain in the third century.
See also Michael Cross, "The Dark Druidical Groves: The Lumber Community and the Commercial Frontier in British North America to 1854," PhD thesis, University of Toronto, 1968.
However, since Caesar points out such a great divide between the common laborers and the druides and equites, it seems more likely that one had to be born into a certain status in order to begin druidical training.
He loved and hated the trips, which brought him money as a touring 'voice on wheels' with the curious ability to make earnest young women 'squirm' - and worse - in their chairs and seek out his beery conversation as a bard 'from the druidical mists of Wales,'as he was billed for US consumption and to his creditable distaste.
Furthermore, in Scotland, when embarrassed by his aunt's Taishataragh, because it was witnessed by Lowland Farmers who do not believe in Druidical mythologies, M'Combich adopts a rationalistic attitude maintaining its fallaciousness; in England, however, when humiliated publicly and physically by Wakefield, he believes in his aunt's "fatal prophecy" and he superstitiously wonders: "My Muhme's word--when did her word fall to the ground?