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Philip Carr-Gomm
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3 April 2006 What Do We Believe
Druidism evolved out of the tribal cultures of Britain, Ireland and western France over two thousand years ago. In the seventeenth century it experienced a revival, which has continued to this day. Contemporary Druids can now be found all over the world, and Druidry's appeal lies in its focus on a reverence for the natural world, a belief in the value of personal creativity, and of developing a sense of communion with the powers of nature and the spirit. Druidry's startling recent growth lies in its broad appeal: some treat it as a philosophy, others as a religion, still others as a path of self-development. Druids can be Pagan, or can be followers of other faiths, and a Druid ceremony might include Christian and Buddhist Druids alongside Pagan and Wiccan Druids. Philip Carr-Gomm explains the practical value of following Druidism today, and examines its core beliefs and relevance to the contemporary issues that face us all.

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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books (3 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862078645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862078642
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip always wanted to be a writer and wrote short stories when he was 11 and 12. But then he found the Buddha, the Druids, and Psychoanalysis, and this was all so interesting he forgot about writing until a publisher he met at a dinner party in London, when he was in his late thirties, invited him to write a book. The result, 'The Elements of the Druid Tradition', soon became one of the best sellers in the 'Elements Of' series, and he was asked to write a follow-up: 'The Druid Way'. Twenty years' later he's still writing, having broadened his scope from the topic of Druidry, with its contemporary environmental relevance, to include the history of magic in England in 'The Book of English Magic', the subject of sacred sites in the lavishly illustrated 'Sacred Places', and the subject of nudity in religion, politics and popular culture in 'A Brief History of Nakedness.' You can find his author website at http://philipcarrgomm.druidry.org and his blog at http://philipcarrgomm.wordpress.com

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‘An excellent series of short books on beliefs in the modern world’ -- The Bookseller

‘For those who want to understand the lure of being a Druid, this is an illuminating little book’ -- Independent on Sunday

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What Do We Believe? - a new series from Granta, introduces different beliefs from across the world in lively, accessible, and intelligent short books.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What Do Druids Believe? 1 May 2006
This is an extremely useful book for anyone wanting a basic introduction to modern druidry, its beliefs and practices and how it relates to historic and pre-historic forms. As you might expect from Carr Gomm the subject is handled with quiet authority and written in a highly readable narrative style. The format of the book, written to answer a series of straight forward questions proves a simple but effective method of communicating the basics. If you want to get a handle on modern Druidry I suggest you buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 25 Jan 2010
By Greywolf TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This gem of a book is, quite simply, among the very best on the market for anyone wanting to know what contemporary Druids believe and do. Yes, it does exactly what it says on the cover. It is clear, concise, well-researched, historically accurate, eminently suited to anyone new to the subject, but with plenty to think about for us old hands as well. Philip Carr-Gomm writes so well that he conveys quite complex ideas and information in a style accessible to anyone from intelligent teens to geriatrics like me. It would be great to see this book in all school and university religious studies departments. Highly, thoroughly and absolutely recommended. If it were possible, I'd give it seven stars ...

See also my Listmania list, 'Best Druid Books.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars enlightening 16 Oct 2009
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This is a good little book. I have certainly found it interesting. There are a lot of "quotes" from people regarding their interest in Druidry, some are quite informative, some I skipped over. The book has made me realise my own Druid interests and, that I can still follow my birth religion whilst putting into practice some of the more basic Druid beliefs, which practice I do believe has made my life less stressful. Philip Carr-Gomm certainly knows how to reach out to people.
For the price it is worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 8 Sep 2013
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A really good book, that explaines the issue really well. It is easy to read and provides a clear explanation of the core points. it also arrived in excellent condition
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