In 1984, scientists at the British Museum examine 2,000-year-old Lindow Man, likely a Celtic noblemanand possibly a victim of ritual sacrifice at the hands of Druids.
“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. 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, 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.
One medieval commentary, the 10th century Commenta Bernensia, states that men were burned in a wooden manikin in sacrifice to Taranis.”
I read a book about druids that also had information on the Wicker Man.
So do modern Democraps.
That's rather ironic considering how blood thirsty Roman society was.
So basically they were a lot like David Frum Republicans.
Stonehinge is not a calender for measuring the times of planting and harvest. It’s just a great big stone Human Habachi!
“That’s odd, she doesn’t look Druish”— Another great line from Space Balls.
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.
The article starts hot and heavy with cannalbilism but then the rest of the article seems to pretty much deny it.
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.