Druidry and the Ancestors is a book that I have read and found to be very stimulating. Nimue takes us very skillfully around what we do actually know about our distant (and recent) ancestors and what we don’t. She ask important questions like how are we affected by the differences between ancestors of Blood and Ancestors of Tradition. This book is well worth a read. We are very proud to feature a Guest Blog by Nimue about her own personal search for meaning in relation to the Ancestors and what prompted her to write this fascinating book. Full details of how to get hold of the book can be found at the end of the article.
Facing the Ancestors by Nimue Brown
I’m not a historian. Back when I was first learning about Druidry, this didn’t seem to matter. I had a vague impression that other people knew. Out there, someone held all the truths and wisdom about the ancient Druids. As I learned more, I would be able to access more of that. I didn’t really feel much need to be the one holding the history, I was more interested in the bard path. But, there was going to be ancient wisdom eventually, wasn’t there?
Somewhere early on in the OBOD course, and reading Ross Nichols’s book on Druidry, the sneaking suspicion started to creep in that there wasn’t. Everything on offer seemed more recent, for a start. I picked up a few history books, and I started really thinking about things. Then eventually I got round to Ronald Hutton’s Blood and Mistletoe. Any lingering illusions that someone, somewhere else still held the wisdom of the ancients, melted away from me. I confess I felt lost and bereft, and reading the book took me into a grieving process. I went through all the anger and denial of normal grief, and eventually found my way round to a place of quiet acceptance.
What we know with any certainty about the activities of the ancient Druids, is very little. There’s plenty we might infer and surmise from various sources, but that’s not the same as knowing. There were Druids, they did…. Something. Probably not what I want them to have done, either.