The Celts believed that demons and spirits
were everywhere. They believed that omens and portents were
everywhere. They counted on their priests, the druids, to keep them
safe from trouble. The druids were responsible for all religious
rituals, because the only person who could talk to a god was a
The druids were the soothsayers, the seers, the
teachers, the doctors, the philosophers, and the lawyers in Celtic
society. To become a druid, you had to study with the druids for at
least twenty years. The druids had their own universities. There was
a lot to learn.
The Celtic people went to the druids for everything.
If a child was sick, you went to your druid, who might cure the
child with medicine they made from a plant. If two fines were having
a fight over a boundary, a druid would decide who was right and who
was mistaken. If a raven flew over a homestead, the fine might
want to know what it meant. To find out, you asked the druids.
Druids were members of a clan like
everyone else. They were highly respected, and powerful. Druids decided who
could get married, who inherited, and established the honor price
for each individual in their clan.
Price: Your honor price was your worth. If you
accidentally injured or killed someone, your fine had to pay the
honor price of the person you hurt. If more than one person was
involved, the bill was split equally between all the guilty parties.
Monies went to the injured person's fine.
for a Druid
or May Day (May 1)