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Dozens of pagans and druids head to Stonehenge, an iconic site in England, to pay tribute to the sun during the solstice.
One of the most famous solstice celebrations occurs at the ancient Stonehenge ruins in Wiltshire, England, where druids, pagans and other revelers gather each year to celebrate the event.
The title character, a high priestess of a druid clan living in Gaul under oppressive Roman occupation, is the unquestioned leader of her community.
One of the most famous solstice celebrations occurs at the ancient Stonehenge ruins in England, where druids, pagans and other revelers gather each year to celebrate the event.
Last year, pagans and druids were among the thousands to visit the ancient Neolithic monument and watch the sun rise on the shortest day of the year.
Catching the sunrise at Stonehenge The sun makes a brief appearance through clouds as druids, pagans and revelers gather in the centre of Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England for the 2015 winter solstice.
The scene is a forest grove sacred to the druids, and depicted here by a tangle of tall, branchless trees.
Druids took over the Stonehenge Memorial at Washington state's Maryhill Museum, dancing and reveling.
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Members of a learned class of priests, teachers, and judges among the ancient Celtic peoples, the druids instructed young men, oversaw sacrifices, judged quarrels, and decreed penalties. They did not engage in warfare and paid no tribute. They studied ancient verse, natural philosophy, astronomy, and religious lore; their principal doctrine was belief in the immortality of the soul and the belief that the soul passed into another body after death. They sometimes practiced human sacrifice to cure gravely ill people or protect warriors in battle. The druids were suppressed in Gaul by the Romans in the first century ce and in Britain a little later. After Christianity came to Ireland, they lost their priestly functions, but survived as poets, historians, and judges.
Origin and Etymology of druid
First Known Use: 1563See Words from the same year
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: a member of a group of priests in an ancient British religion
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