1 Originally an educated caste within Celtic society that seem to have been law-givers, priests, magicians, doctors and natural philosophers. It is recorded that they committed nothing to writing, preferring instead to learn by rote the considerable amount of lore at their disposal.
Druids were severely denigrated by roman propaganda, especially that of Julius Ceasar. Unfortunately as the romans systematically set to work wiping out the druids, the only records we have of them are the distorted accounts from the very culture that wished to destroy them.
2 A member of any number of modern orders or religions that stem from a romantic 18th century, sanitized and christianised revival of Druidry
3 A member of any number of neopagan groups that seeks to re-discover and re-construct a working animist religion and set of magical practices that focus on native (pre-roman) British and Celtic traditions.
4 In the minds of the modern illiterate a character class from various tabletop and online RPGs.
Warcraft player: 'I'm a 73rd level druid, fear my mighty spells!"
Cynical Welsh pagan: "Grow up."
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