Most Americans today have never knowingly meet an active pagan worshipper, let alone a druid. We often think of them as ancient people identified with Merlin, or with the Ireland of yore. Maybe we learned they were common in Europe or elsewhere centuries ago, until Christianity pushed them out. All of the above are true, but very incomplete. Pagans (which may include druids as their holy ones) of various stripes are all over Michigan as well as the rest of the 50 states, and throughout Canada, not to mention other parts of the world.
Paganism never died out. In recent years it has had a resurgience. Many former Christians and those of other religious persuations have decided to follow this old faith. It is becoming an in thing to do in some circles. Out with the old, and in with the even older, if very splintered theologically, worship.
Our own armed forces recognize it, and now British police are given guide lines for dealing with pagan groups at worship. Time to get a better handle on what paganism is and what it teaches. The article below will give you a brief description. Other sources are many, and easily available on the Web.
Fr. Orthohippo (photo above from a Shakepeare play I was in)
Sgt. Simon Wood of New Forest, England, is a mild-mannered, respected policea officier, a military veteran who has been on the force for 22 years. He is also a pagan druid.
might happen to stumble upon a pagan ritual in the works.
Paganism, a centuries-old faith, has just been officially established as a
religion in England. Dating back to pre-Christian times, followers worship the
land, animals, spirits and ancient gods and it’s been growing in popularity in
officers who might happen to stumble upon a pagan ritual in the works. According
to the British newspaper The Telegraph, the advice is contained in a 300-page
“diversity handbook” which gives officers the dos and don’ts of how to approach
followers of several religions.
Wood explained that particular ritual is an initiation rite into the faith.
“[Participants] are going through a death and into a rebirth,” he said.
Wood said he was “reborn” 11 years ago. His wife used to be involved as well
before the couple had children.
“There’s more and more people getting more involved,” Wood said. “I think
it’s because it gives them something back that modern day society doesn’t give
you. We’re getting more and more far removed from nature.”
Its estimated that around 250,000 Brits now claim to be Pagans.