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Druids Committed Human Sacrifice, Cannibalism?
nationalgeographic ^ | March 20, 2009 | James Owen

Posted on 03/20/2009 4:10:41 PM PDT by JoeProBono

Recent evidence that Druids possibly committed cannibalism and ritual human sacrifice—perhaps on a massive scale—add weight to ancient Roman accounts of Druidic savagery, archaeologists say.After a first century B.C. visit to Britain, the Romans came back with horrific stories about these high-ranking priests of the Celts, who had spread throughout much of Europe over a roughly 2,000-year period.

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TOPICS: History; Miscellaneous; Science; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: ancientrome; archaeology; druids; faithandphilosophy; fetalstemcells; godsgravesglyphs; humansacrifice; placenta; plannedparenthood; romanempire

In 1984, scientists at the British Museum examine 2,000-year-old Lindow Man, likely a Celtic nobleman—and possibly a victim of ritual sacrifice at the hands of Druids.

1 posted on 03/20/2009 4:10:42 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

“While other Roman writers of the time , such as Cicero, Suetonius, Lucan, Tacitus and Pliny the Elder, described human sacrifice among the Celts, only Caesar mentions the wicker man as one of many ways the Druids of Gaul performed sacrifices.[3] Not having witnessed the ritual himself, Caesar reports that some of the Gauls built the effigies out of sticks and placed living men inside, then set them on fire to pay tribute to the gods. Caesar writes that though the Druids generally used thieves and criminals, as they pleased the gods more, they sometimes used innocent men when no delinquents could be found.

While some modern authors like Barry Cunliffe, author of The Ancient Celts are convinced that the Druids practiced human sacrifice[4], others dispute Caesar’s accounts as repeating a sensationalistic rumor as propaganda to encourage his supporters back home. By the first century AD, human sacrifice “was a thing of the past” among the Celts.[5]

One medieval commentary, the 10th century Commenta Bernensia, states that men were burned in a wooden manikin in sacrifice to Taranis.”

From Wikipedia.

I read a book about druids that also had information on the Wicker Man.


2 posted on 03/20/2009 4:14:01 PM PDT by Califreak (111th Congress: Destroying America With Reckless Abandon)
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To: JoeProBono

So do modern Democraps.


3 posted on 03/20/2009 4:15:02 PM PDT by omega4179 (Don't spread my wealth, spread my work ethic.)
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To: JoeProBono
Recent evidence that Druids possibly committed cannibalism and ritual human sacrifice—perhaps on a massive scale—add weight to ancient Roman accounts of Druidic savagery,

That's rather ironic considering how blood thirsty Roman society was.

4 posted on 03/20/2009 4:16:21 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: JoeProBono

So basically they were a lot like David Frum Republicans.


5 posted on 03/20/2009 4:17:28 PM PDT by exist
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To: JoeProBono

Stonehinge is not a calender for measuring the times of planting and harvest. It’s just a great big stone Human Habachi!


6 posted on 03/20/2009 4:18:24 PM PDT by STD (Love of Country)
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To: JoeProBono

“That’s odd, she doesn’t look Druish”— Another great line from Space Balls.

....Bob


7 posted on 03/20/2009 4:18:41 PM PDT by Lokibob (When handed lemons...Refuse to sign for them. Life's lemons can't be delivered without a signature.)
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To: omega4179

Waiting for American druids to claim they are being stereotyped and protest this politically incorrect story!!!


8 posted on 03/20/2009 4:20:56 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (It's time for the grown ups !)
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To: Califreak

9 posted on 03/20/2009 4:25:48 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Califreak

See “The Wicker Man” (1973) starring Edward Woodward!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070917/

Don’t see the recent remake with Nick Cage.


10 posted on 03/20/2009 4:27:22 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: STD

The folks that made Stonehenge were dead a long time before the Celts came on the scene.


11 posted on 03/20/2009 4:30:18 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (We have nothing to fear but Obama himself.)
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To: JoeProBono; SunkenCiv

Druid Ping


12 posted on 03/20/2009 4:30:41 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

We DON’T put People inside at Burning Man!


13 posted on 03/20/2009 4:40:50 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: JoeProBono
See what happens when people ignore their teacher's chastising of “ I hope you brought enough for everybody.”

If people only brought snacks to meetings things like that would never happen. I can imagine that the ceremonies ran late and many didn't have dinner reservations at the inn. By then it was too late to call them in.

14 posted on 03/20/2009 4:48:00 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Paleo Conservative
Even the Romans had their limits.

They were not against human sacrifice but they reserved it for times of great need.

This was one of the reasons they were appalled at Carthage.

Killing slaves was one thing. Killing your own children as a homage to your god was quite another.

15 posted on 03/20/2009 4:58:15 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (When you're spinning round, things come undone. Welcome to Earth 3rd rock from the Sun!)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

The Romans didn’t have that many limits. Ask the Christians who were used as torches at garden parties, or were wrapped in fresh animal skins and fed to hungry lions and bears, or the thousands crucified with spikes through their hands and feet. Or the gladiator shows. The Romans were hideously cruel.


16 posted on 03/20/2009 5:33:20 PM PDT by freepertoo
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To: freepertoo

You are looking at it through modern eyes. The Romans did not believe in equality or the humanity of those that they considered their inferiors. Most of those who were martyred were either slaves or plebs. They were fair game according the universal rules of the time.


17 posted on 03/20/2009 5:47:53 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (When you're spinning round, things come undone. Welcome to Earth 3rd rock from the Sun!)
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To: JoeProBono

The article starts hot and heavy with cannalbilism but then the rest of the article seems to pretty much deny it.


18 posted on 03/20/2009 6:02:09 PM PDT by ansel12 (Romney (guns)"instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people")
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To: JoeProBono
Meanwhile, in the Colosseum...
19 posted on 03/20/2009 6:29:21 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy ( As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities. - D)
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20 posted on 03/20/2009 6:33:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Oztrich Boy

21 posted on 03/20/2009 6:37:26 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Califreak
"Caesar writes that though the Druids generally used thieves and criminals, as they pleased the gods more, they sometimes used innocent men when no delinquents could be found."

Caesar of course being one of the all time great respectors of human life.

22 posted on 03/20/2009 6:39:07 PM PDT by Radix (Two down, 46 to go.)
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To: LibFreeOrDie
Don’t see the recent remake with Nick Cage.

There was no such remake. It was just a horrible nightmare/bad drug trip you must have had.

Yeah I'm in denial.

Actually last week Aust TV ran the two versions back to back. Verdict Worst. Remake. Ever.

Despite Cage being in the right, and against a mob of moonbat feminists, he was such a jerkass about it (dude, did you just kick Joan of Arc in the face?) that burning to death was what he deserved. That he was a wimpering coward about it was the cherry on the top.

Whereas, Woodward's character looked a bit of a prig, and the happy hedonistic pagans were so reasonable about their beliefs that you were on their side until it came clear to where those beliefs had led. And Sgt Howie's death, crowning moment of awesome: that is how a man dies.

23 posted on 03/20/2009 6:44:54 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy ( As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities. - D)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Also: Naked. Britt. Ekland.


24 posted on 03/20/2009 6:58:18 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy ( As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities. - D)
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To: Radix

Yeah.

LOL!


25 posted on 03/20/2009 8:27:39 PM PDT by Califreak (111th Congress: Destroying America With Reckless Abandon)
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To: Paleo Conservative

I don’t know if it is fair to say that Roman society was really all that much more bloodthursty than we are.


26 posted on 03/20/2009 8:38:59 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Ramius

We are not quite up to the Romans yet, but recent events seem to indicate that we are about up to the later 2nd century BC, and are in a galloping hurry to reach the first century BC.


27 posted on 03/21/2009 12:20:25 AM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ("men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters." -- Edmund Burke)
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To: Radix
Caesar of course being one of the all time great respectors of human life.

It's said that by the time Caesar was finished in Gaul he left one million dead, another million enslaved and the remaining million paralyzed by shock and horror, all in a war for his own personal aggrandizement.

28 posted on 03/21/2009 5:21:41 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("My 80% friend is not my 20% enemy" - Ronald Reagan)
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To: JoeProBono

Human sacrifice and ritual cannibalism was widely spread if not widely practiced in all of human history.

The Greeks, those paragons of rationalism, had sacrifice in their cultural DNA before their golden age.

Jehovah’s testing of Abraham before letting him off the hook with a ram may have marked a change-over in the cultural practices of the ancient Jews.


29 posted on 03/21/2009 6:00:30 AM PDT by wildbill ( The reason you're so jealous is that the voices talk only to me.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

If what they were doing repelled the Romans, it was probably pretty savage.

I doubt that there was any need to “justify” imperialist actions by Caesar as long as he was wining and bringing back lott and plunder.


30 posted on 03/21/2009 6:15:14 AM PDT by ZULU (Obamanation of Desolation is President. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: Paleo Conservative
That's rather ironic considering how blood thirsty Roman society was.

True, but the romans didn't eat other humans

Whole different level

31 posted on 03/21/2009 6:32:08 AM PDT by Popman (One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three is a Congress - John Adams)
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True, but the romans didn't eat other humans

Perhaps, but they enjoyed watching wild animals kill and eat humans.

32 posted on 03/21/2009 10:35:53 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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33 posted on 07/21/2012 9:05:27 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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