Reinventing the Celts

Bowman, Marion (1993). Reinventing the Celts. Religion, 23(2) pp. 147–156.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1006/reli.1993.1013

Abstract

This paper, based largely upon fieldwork in Glastonbury, gives an overview of some of the beliefs and speculations about Celts and Druids which are now circulating in certain New Age circles. In addition to some innovative ideas, elements of this new received wisdom are redolent of the antiquarian speculation of the 18th century. However, ‘Celticity’ is now being regarded by New Agers primarily as a quality rather than a matter of historical or geographical fact, and the Celts, with their enlightened priests the Druids, have become the Noble Savages of Britain.

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