World Druidry Survey

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Welcome to the
World Druidry Survey!

About the Project

The World Druidry Survey explores the ways in which Druidry, as a globalizing path of nature spirituality, is evolving both in the traditional lands of the ancient Druids, and elsewhere, as it spreads and takes root in other countries and cultures of the world…

As we, the practicing Druids of the world, learn and grow and develop our personal paths of Druidry, what do we continue to hold in common? In what ways do our practices and beliefs diversify? What, if anything, forms the spiritual, common core of contemporary World Druidry?

About the Researcher

I am undertaking this study as an independent scholar and educator, with over 25 years’ experience using mixed research methods to shed light on the ways in which people learn, grow, and change, under the influence of changing educational contexts and cultures. I am also a fellow Druid, supported by a grant from the OBOD’s Mt. Haemus Awards program. The research findings from this study are to be published as part of the OBOD’s Mt. Haemus Award program, at Beltane 2021, and presented at Mt. Haemus Day 2024, in addition to other publications and venues yet to be determined.

6 Replies to “World Druidry Survey”

  1. Hello Eald.

    Thank you so much for your question; it raises an important point: the word “Druid” has been used by a variety of different groups of people, in modern times, to mean a variety of different things, all of which inspired in some fashion by the very limited historical data that still exists about the ancient Druids of Europe.

    A very thorough review of the history of “Druids” (in all their variations) can be found in the book, “Blood and Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain,” by Ronald Hutton.

    The three major varieties of “Druid” (of which I am aware) that seem to still exist in our current time are:
    1. those belonging to various fraternal/charity organizations (“freemasonry type Druids” as you called them);
    2. those engaged in deep study, and revival or continuation (to the extent possible) of ancient Celtic cultural traditions;
    3. those belonging to the Nature religion or Earth-based, spiritual movement that has been growing rapidly for the past few decades.

    All three of these groups are certainly worthy of study (and bear in mind that the three are not mutually exclusive groups), however, it is the third type of Druid that is the focus of this current study — those people, alive today, who are actively engaged with some form of “Druidry” as their primary spiritual or religious path.

    As for what individual Druids of any one group think or believe about Druids of any other group: I really cannot say.

    Groups do not typically think or believe anything; individuals think and believe many different things, for many different reasons. Sometimes people of like opinion will gather into groups. Sometimes people of differing opinions on some things will gather into groups for a common cause, leaving their differences respectfully aside. And so, it would take another study, very much different from this one, to attempt to answer the question you ask in a meaningful way.

    1. Hi Lily,

      Thanks for the question.

      In answer to all questions pertaining to the history of Druids and Druidry, I would refer you to the excellent book: “Blood and Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain,” by Ronald Hutton, which does a much better job of that than I ever could.

      As for questions regarding the current world population of Druids, today, I cannot say, and doubt that anyone will ever be able to come up with solid numbers, simply because the global prevalence of persecution and hostility toward members of minority religions (everything ranging from burned buildings and physical attacks, to subtler forms like lost jobs, lost friends, ostracism from neighborhood social events, etc.) keep many Druids “in the closet”. Even census numbers are uncertain, as people must choose to out themselves in order to participate — and so many simply decline to state their religion. Even within the results of the World Druidry Survey, I am seeing that many people (still working through the analysis to find solid numbers) report fears of mistreatment by family, friends, and neighbors, were their religious beliefs to be made public. And I personally know several Druids who even declined to participate in the World Druidry Survey — specifically due to fears of what might happen in the case of a data breach at SurveyMonkey — even though they knew and trusted me, personally.

      The global diffusion of Druidry is another matter, and I expect to have numbers and nation lists included in the Survey results, once they are ready to share.

      Stay tuned!

      Larisa

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