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"World Druidry"
(The Book)

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Reviews in Brief

"If anybody wants to know what modern Druidry is like, across the world at the present day, then this is the book which provides the answer. It is researched to rigorous standards of academic scholarship, while also allowing Druids to speak in their own many voices, unmediated. No other work brings out so clearly what they have in common, and what distinguishes them between groups and nations. It is an excellent achievement."

Ronald Hutton
Professor of History
University of Bristol

"World Druidry offers a fascinating and unrivalled survey of contemporary Druidry internationally. It is enlightening about attitudes and activities, clarifies dynamic frictions between individuality and community, and traces generational changes. Among many virtues, its inclusion of the many voices of diverse Druids will make this an invaluable resource for researchers and practitioners alike."

Graham Harvey
Professor of Religious Studies
The Open University, UK

"This is a fantastic resource showing the diversity of views and practices among Druids today. Larisa White’s World Druidry survey has found Druids engaging with their environments in Europe, the US, Australia, South America and in many other locations with some surprising commonalities as well as differences. This volume is invaluable for anyone interested in finding out more about contemporary Druids."

Suzanne Owen
Reader in Religious Studies
Leeds Trinity University

"Probably the most important Druid book in the last 10 years. [...] For someone who is active in interfaith such as myself, this book will be a great toolkit with which to refer when, in discussions, the inevitable "what Druidry actually is, and how it is practiced" questions arise within the national UK interfaith setting. Highly recommended."

Neil Pitchford
Faith Communities Forum
The Inter Faith Network (UK)

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"World Druidry"
(The Book)

Hardcover: US$48.00
ISBN: 978-1-7367792-0-0

Trade Paperback: US$36.00
ISBN: 978-1-7367792-1-7

All books will be printed on demand, locally, to minimize the wait, and the carbon-footprint of delivery.

The Mt. Haemus lecture, presenting a subset of the findings, was published by the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids at Beltane 2021. It is available for free download, on the OBOD website.

"World Druidry:
A Globalizing Path of Nature Spirituality"

What does it mean to be a Druid, circa 2020 c.e.?

Until now, very little scholarly attention has been paid to the group of Druids, alive today, who actively engage in some form of Druidry (or Druidism) as their primary religious or spiritual path. There are many Druidic authors and groups, each promoting a slightly different variation of Druidry, but little research has been done, as yet, to determine the extent to which what is written in their Druidry books and curricula is actually put into practice. What do modern-day Druids believe? What are their religious and spiritual practices? How do their beliefs and practices vary? What if anything do the Druids of the world hold in common?

“World Druidry: A Globalizing Path of Nature Spirituality”, presents the findings of the World Druidry Survey — a global, multi-lingual survey exploring the religious beliefs and spiritual practices of contemporary world Druids. The survey comprised 189 items, organized into 42 sets of questions, including 18 open-ended/essay questions, probing into the details of: Druids’ physical, social, and cultural environments; their social and cultural identities; their theological beliefs, ritual practices, and celebrated holidays; and the factors which had influenced their development as Druids.

Completed surveys were returned by 725 practicing Druids, representing 147 Druidry groups from around the world, as well as 131 unaffiliated, solitary practitioners. Surveys were returned from 34 nations, scattered across 6 continents, and represented a group of modern Druids highly diverse along lines of age, gender, ethnic identity, and level of experience with Druidry. The survey responses included both vast quantities of numeric data and thousands of pages of rich, narrative data, allowing for the use of robust, mixed-methods analysis tools to paint a vivid picture of the modern religious tradition that is World Druidry.

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1: Concerning “Druids”
  • What does it mean to be a Druid, circa 2020 C.E.?
  • A Brief Review of Existing Literature
  • Chapter 2: The World Druidry Survey
  • Participant-Researcher Background & Motivations
  • Research Design
  • Questionnaire Development Process
  • Encouraging Global Participation
  • Protecting Participant Privacy and Data Security
  • The Unprecedented Response
  • Making Sense of the Stories
  • Chapter 3: A Geography of World Druidry
  • Modern Druids and their Natural Environments
  • Connections to Celtic Culture and the Lands of Ancient Druids
  • Modern Druids and their Local Communities
  • Privacy & Safety Concerns of Modern Druids
  • Modern Druids at Home
  • Druidry, with Children
  • Chapter 4: Crafting a Personal Path of Druidry
  • Factors Influencing Druids’ Spiritual Paths
  • The Impact of Druidry Groups & Curricula
  • Influential Authors, Books, and Media
  • The Role of Geography in the Evolution of Druidry
  • The Process of Becoming a Druid
  • Chapter 5: Themes & Variations in Druid Theology
  • Druid Perceptions of the Divine
  • The Role of Ancestors in Druidry Practice
  • Religions and Spiritual Traditions Practiced with Druidry
  • Spiritual Wildcrafting as a Form of Devotion
  • Cultivating Relationships with the Divine
  • Chapter 6: Druid Ritual & Devotional Practices
  • Common Ritual Practices Among Druids
  • Sacred Objects in Druid Ritual & Celebration
  • Places of Druid Ritual & Celebration
  • Social Contexts for Druid Ritual & Celebration
  • Sacred Activities in Everyday Life
  • Universal Themes in Druid Ritual & Devotional Practice
  • Chapter 7: Druid Festivals & Celebrations
  • The Traditional Druid “Wheel of the Year”
  • Seasonal Festivals in a Globalizing Tradition
  • Celebrating Cycles of Life, in Nature
  • Druidry’s Wildcrafted Wheels of the Year
  • Universal Themes in Druid Festivals & Celebrations
  • Chapter 8: Druidry’s Spiritual Common Core
  • Druidry Variations due to Druid Group Membership
  • Druidry Variations due to Geographical Location
  • How Druidry Traditions Have Evolved Over Time
  • Druidry's Spiritual Common Core, circa 2020 c.e.
  • Afterword
    Appendix A: The Survey Instrument
    Appendix B: Druid Population Estimates
    Appendix C: Participating Druid Groups