World Druidry Book – update!

Just for fun, here is a copy of the current rendition of the TOC for the World Druidry Book…

“World Druidry: A Globalizing Path of Nature Spirituality” by Larisa A. White

(This is still very much subject to change, as I am at this point only finishing up the first draft of Chapter 3, and working on the analyses for Chapters 4 and 5. You can probably tell from the page numbering which sections have been outlined/drafted, and which are still place-holders awaiting content. I am still striving to have the book completed by next year, Beltane-ish, about the same time as the Mt. Haemus paper comes out. Philip C-G still has to decide which bit he wants me to focus on for that paper. All of it will be in the book, though I may be a bit overly-ambitious with my deadline goal. If the work is not yet brilliant, I will delay publication of the book until it is really ready. But… it is coming!)

Table of Contents

Preface ……………………………………………………………………………………….iii
Acknowledgments ……………………………………………………………………….v
Chapter 1: Concerning “Druids” …………………………………………………..1
What does it mean to be a Druid, circa 2020 C.E.? ………………………1
A Brief Review of Existing Literature …………………………………………..3
Chapter 2: The World Druidry Survey ……………………………………………5
Participant-Researcher Background & Motivations ……………………….6
Research Design ……………………………………………………………………..8
Questionnaire Development Process………………………………………….9
Encouraging Global Participation ……………………………………………..11
Protecting Participant Privacy and Data Security………………………..12
The Unprecedented Response…………………………………………………13
Making Sense of the Stories (Analytic Techniques) …………………….16
Chapter 3: A Geography of World Druidry……………………………………19
Modern Druids and their Natural Environments ………………………….20
Connections to Celtic Culture and the Lands of Ancient Druids…….21
Modern Druids and their Local Communities ……………………………..23
Privacy & Safety Concerns of Modern Druids …………………………….23
Modern Druids at Home ………………………………………………………….39
Druidry, with Children ……………………………………………………………..48
The Role of Geography in the Evolution of World Druidry…………….55
Chapter 4: Crafting a Personal Path of Druidry ……………………………99
Overview of Factors Influencing Druids’ Spiritual Paths ……………….99
Influential Authors, Books, and Media ……………………………………..101
The Impact of Druidry Groups & Curricula ……………………………….103
The Process of Becoming a Druid…………………………………………..103
Chapter 5: Themes & Variations in Druid Theology ……………………105
The Many Varieties of Druid Theology……………………………………..107
The Role of Ancestors in Druidry Practice ………………………………..229
Religions and Spiritual Traditions Blended with Druidry ……………..229
Global Variations in Druid Theology ………………………………………..229
Intergroup Variations in Druid Theology …………………………………..229
Emergent Themes in Druid Theology………………………………………229
Chapter 6: Druid Rituals & Celebrations…………………………………….230
Elements of Druid Ritual………………………………………………………..230
Druid Festivals and Holidays ………………………………………………….230
Places of Druid Ritual & Celebration ……………………………………….230
Group and Solitary Practice in Druid Ritual & Celebration ………….230
Global Variations in Druid Ritual & Celebration …………………………231
Intergroup Variations in Druid Ritual & Celebration ……………………232
Emergent Themes in Druid Ritual & Celebration……………………….232
Chapter 7: Sacred Duties in Druid Life ………………………………………233
Nature Related Activities ……………………………………………………….233
Artistic Activities ……………………………………………………………………234
Educational & Activist Activities ………………………………………………235
Leadership Activities……………………………………………………………..235
Fields of Study and Scholarship ……………………………………………..236
Chapter 8: Druidry’s Spiritual Common Core …………………………….237
Afterword …………………………………………………………………………………238
Survey Instrument as Teaching Tool………………………………………..238
Appendix A: World Druidry Survey Instrument…………………………..241
Appendix B: World Druidry Demographics ………………………………..242
Appendix C: List of Participating Druid Groups …………………………246
Index ………………………………………………………………………………………..253
Notes & Bibliography………………………………………………………………..254

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