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« Topic Start: January 01, 2008, 03:50:22 pm »

Since i am obviously hanging out with some very educated people here. Thank you very much. I have this question to present. What did the druids look like? How did they dress? What ornaments did they where? I look in my history books. But even they can't agree.
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« Reply #1: January 01, 2008, 04:25:01 pm »

Since i am obviously hanging out with some very educated people here. Thank you very much. I have this question to present. What did the druids look like? How did they dress? What ornaments did they where? I look in my history books. But even they can't agree.

Just like people, I would assume. Grin

Really, I don't know what special dress they might have worn. Not a clue.
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« Reply #2: January 01, 2008, 07:04:04 pm »

Since i am obviously hanging out with some very educated people here. Thank you very much. I have this question to present. What did the druids look like? How did they dress? What ornaments did they where? I look in my history books. But even they can't agree.

We don't really know, actually; there's very little reliable information on the subject.
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« Reply #3: January 01, 2008, 07:23:03 pm »

Since i am obviously hanging out with some very educated people here. Thank you very much. I have this question to present. What did the druids look like? How did they dress? What ornaments did they where? I look in my history books. But even they can't agree.

Pliny says that the during the sacred mistletoe rite, they wore white robes. Strabbo also mentions Druids wearing scarlet robes that were embroidered with gold and that they world gold necklaces and arm bands/ bracelets.

It was said the the filidh of Ireland wore extravagant and brightly colored cloaks made of bird feathers. They also carried a bell branch made of different metals according to their grade of poesy. The grades Ollaire up to Anruth carried a bell branch of bronze, the Anruth carried a silver branch and the Ollamh a golden branch.

Patrick also makes mentions of the "diabolical mark" referring to the Druidic tonsure which was having the hair shaved from ear to ear over the crown of the head. This is now known as the Celtic tonsure and I believe it is used in some Celtic churches today.

See this site as well.
http://www.summerlands.com/crossroads/library/druidic_clothing%20_and_dress.htm
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As others have said, there is very little reliable information to go on.

FWIW, I found this book to be fascinating reading and immensely helpful to my understanding of what life was actually like in the couple centuries before BC:

The Philosopher and the Druids:  A Journey Among the Ancient Celts, by Philip Freeman.

Basically, it traces Posidonius's life and travels.  Very interesting.
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« Reply #5: January 02, 2008, 03:42:42 pm »

As others have said, there is very little reliable information to go on.

FWIW, I found this book to be fascinating reading and immensely helpful to my understanding of what life was actually like in the couple centuries before BC:

The Philosopher and the Druids:  A Journey Among the Ancient Celts, by Philip Freeman.

Basically, it traces Posidonius's life and travels.  Very interesting.
Thank you. I found an interesting passage in one of my favorites. A brief history of the druids by Peter Berresford Ellis p80. He talks about how the hair was worn. In a tonsure. basically the front half of the head shaved. also p82 talks about their dress. Basically their was little for standard dress except for maybe gold embroidry. I do know that sacrifial priest wore their heads draped.
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« Reply #6: January 02, 2008, 03:50:23 pm »

Pliny says that the during the sacred mistletoe rite, they wore white robes. Strabbo also mentions Druids wearing scarlet robes that were embroidered with gold and that they world gold necklaces and arm bands/ bracelets.

It was said the the filidh of Ireland wore extravagant and brightly colored cloaks made of bird feathers. They also carried a bell branch made of different metals according to their grade of poesy. The grades Ollaire up to Anruth carried a bell branch of bronze, the Anruth carried a silver branch and the Ollamh a golden branch.

Patrick also makes mentions of the "diabolical mark" referring to the Druidic tonsure which was having the hair shaved from ear to ear over the crown of the head. This is now known as the Celtic tonsure and I believe it is used in some Celtic churches today.

See this site as well.
http://www.summerlands.com/crossroads/library/druidic_clothing%20_and_dress.htm
I looked that site up. It is awesome. Thank you so much.
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« Reply #7: January 02, 2008, 08:25:29 pm »

What did the druids look like? How did they dress? What ornaments did they where? I look in my history books. But even they can't agree.

There's a book in the public library I haven't had time to go through, The world of the Druids by Miranda J. Green. It's got tons of photos of celtic artwork and such (I have thumbed through it). It was published in 1997, and I don't know that it addresses apparel, but that might be something to look for. Perhaps your public library system has a copy, too.

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« Reply #8: January 03, 2008, 02:09:19 pm »

There's a book in the public library I haven't had time to go through, The world of the Druids by Miranda J. Green. It's got tons of photos of celtic artwork and such (I have thumbed through it). It was published in 1997, and I don't know that it addresses apparel, but that might be something to look for. Perhaps your public library system has a copy, too.

Karen
Already got it. The book A Brief history of the Druids by Peter Berresford Ellis has answered my question best. Just lookk on p 80 and 82. Very good source.
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