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Unformatted text preview: October 3, 2008 Occultism in North America What comes to mind when you think of: • Neo-Druidism • New Age • Wicca • Satanism Neodruidism History of Neo-Druidism Reformed Druids of North America • Carleton College Northfield, Minnesota, 1963 • Created to protest the weekly Religious servive attendance requirement • Recognized by the college and soon developed religious practices and ceremonies • Spread across the nation and is still a practicing branch of Neo- Druidism • Originally called Carleton Grove, later renamed Mother Grove to symbolize the RDNAs Ar nDraiocht Fein • University of California, Berkeley, California 1966 • Translates from Gaelic as “Our Own Druidism” • Founded by Robert Larson (RDNA Priest) and Isaac Bonewitts (Philosophy student) • Incorporated ceremonial Magick and Wiccan practices Beliefs and Practices of Neo-Druidism • Central tenet is that there should be no set dogma of belief • Combines elements of the I ron Age, 19 th century revival, and modern spiritual beliefs • Earth and nature are sacred and worthy of worship (pantheism) • Reverence and respect of ancestors, including knowing as much as possible about own ancestors • Gatherings take place in wooded areas, called groves, on a weekly basis • Typical ceremonies are held within naturally formed circles of...
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