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"If anybody wants to know what modern Druidry is like, across the world at the present day, then this is the book which provides the answer. It is researched to rigorous standards of academic scholarship, while also allowing Druids to speak in their own many voices, unmediated. No other work brings out so clearly what they have in common, and what distinguishes them between groups and nations. It is an excellent achievement."
- Ronald Hutton, Professor of History, University of Bristol
Author of "Blood and Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain"
"World Druidry offers a fascinating and unrivalled survey of contemporary Druidry internationally. It is enlightening about attitudes and activities, clarifies dynamic frictions between individuality and community, and traces generational changes. Among many virtues, its inclusion of the many voices of diverse Druids will make this an invaluable resource for researchers and practitioners alike."
- Graham Harvey, Professor of Religious Studies, The Open University, UK
Author of "Animism: Respecting the Living World"
"With this book, the written history of Druidry has now entered a fourth stage. The first stage were the writings of antiquity. The second, the personal writings of the Druid pioneers of the late 20th / early 21st Century such as Carr-Gomm, Shallcrass and Restall-Orr. The third, the academic histories of the Druids as revealed by the likes of Hutton et al. Now we have a book which, for me, is probably the most important Druid book in the last 10 years.
The start of the fourth age of Druid literature, as I confidently predict this book will come to represent, discloses how Druidry is actually practiced by its 21st Century adherents. Using questions formulated in conjunction with many leading Druid figures, Larisa A White delves into the "what, how and why" of the Druidry practised by modern day Druids from around the World.
Using statistical analysis, the results can be surprising but for me, it is the disclosure of the common practice amongst the, often, solitary practitioners from very often completely different backgrounds, that point to how the shape within the modern world of Druid practice currently lies.
Easy to read and full of the personal, and in some cases, necessarily anonymous responses from Druids around the world, this is a book about the lived experiences of Druids today. It shows and explains both concisely and statistically the commonalities between distant practitioners, geographically close groupings and the wider Druid organisations.
For someone who is active in interfaith such as myself, this book will be a great toolkit with which to refer to when, in discussions, the inevitable 'what Druidry actually is, and how it is practiced' questions arise from time to time within the national UK interfaith setting.
- Neil Pitchford, Trustee, The Druid Network,
Vice-Moderator, Faith Communities Forum, Inter Faith Network (UK)
"This is a fantastic resource showing the diversity of views and practices among Druids today. Larisa White's World Druidry survey has found Druids engaging with their environments in Europe, the US, Australia, South America and in many other locations with some surprising commonalities as well as differences. This volume is invaluable for anyone interested in finding out more about contemporary Druids."
- Suzanne Owen, Reader in Religious Studies, Leeds Trinity University
About the Author
- Publisher : Larisa A. White (20 June 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1736779214
- ISBN-13 : 978-1736779217
- Dimensions : 15.19 x 1.78 x 22.91 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 114,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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