And, like the other nations of antiquity, as I shall presently prove, the Druids worshipped the heavenly bodies, and also trees, and water, and mountains, and the signs of the serpent, the bull and the cross. And it was Caiaphas, a high priest, who committed that murder of which the more virtuous heathen Pilate washed his hands. It was underneath an oak that Jacob hid the idols of his children, for oaks were held sacred and inviolable. Him, too, whom they had once deemed unworthy of any temple less noble than the floor of the earth and the vast dome of the sky, they worshipped in caves, and then in temples which were made of the trunks of trees rudely sculptured, and ranged in rows to imitate groves, and with other trunks placed upon them traversely. This beautiful religion had been proscribed by Tiberius Destruction ot tbe Druios.
When their power began to totter in their own country, the young Druids resorted to Mona, now Anglesea, in which was the great British university, and in which there is a spot called Myrfyrion, the seat of studies. But the youngest and the most beautiful had a tender heart, which crept from her lips in words of warning to her father and her spouse. And Isis fed the infant with her finger instead of with her breast, and put him every night into tire to render him immortal, Darftness. The Veil of Isis 1861 is Reade's own interpretation of British religion, past and present, as he attempts to differentiate between the myth and reality of the enigmatic Druids. Let those learn who cavil at the mysterious doctrine of the Trinity, that it was not invented by the Christians, but only by them restored from times of the holiest antiquity into which it had descended from heaven itself. As far as the Phoenicians spreading their religion all the way to Britain I think there is that possibility, it would of been interesting to see how he would of fleshed that out a little more if his focus wasn't mainly on the Druids, let alone his mentioning of the Scythians settling in Britain and then silence.
The Decans, or Elohim, are the gods of whom it is said the Almighty created the Universe. Each of these she buried in the place where she found it, which explains why in Egypt there are so many tombs of Osiris. When those whom they loved lay dying, they uttered wild lamen- tations, and flung their arms despairingly towards the mysterious Soul; for in times of trouble the human mind so imbecile, so helpless, clings to some- thing that is stronger than itself. It was a strange Being which animated the, souls of men, and which when the bodies died, returned to itself again. I merely prove that the Roman Catholics pay those idolatrous tributes to the Virgin Mary which their ancestors rendered to Isis in Egypt, or to Venus in Rome, and that they represent her in the same manner. If it swam against the stream it would render it possessor superior to his adversaries in all disputes, and obtain for him the friendship of great men.
They wish to transmit to our church those papist emblems and imagery, those ceremonies and customs which are harmless in themselves, but which by nourishing superstition elevate the dangerous power of the priests. The brown bear preyed upon their cattle, and slept in the hollow oaks which they revered. But now they had learnt from the fierce Scythians and from the Phoenicians who traded on their coasts to sacrifice the wife upon her husbands pyre — to appease the gentle Brahmah with the blood of men. Dante mentions the circumstance, and the harp is still a mint-mark upon Irish coin. An ancient Etruscan monument was discovered at Rome, the precise model of those pictures of the Madonna and her child so common in Italy and throughout the world. It resembled them so closely in its sublime precepts, in its consoling promises, as to leave no doubt that these nations, living so widely apart, were all of the same stock and the same religion-that of Noah, and the children of men before the flood. Memoires de la Societe Royale des Antiquaires du Nord.
Martin's Description of the West- ern Isles of Scotland. It is curious that this Pagan observance should be still preserved by the Papists. Once they had forbidden the shedding of so much as an insects blood: one day in the year alone, at the feast of Jagam, they were authorized to sacrifice the flesh of a beast, and from this many had refrained from attending, unable- to conquer their feelings of abhorrence. The Persian Magi were entrusted with the education of their sovereign; but in Britain the kings were not only brought up by the Druids, but also relieved. Who first taught nations to be idolaters, to be murderers but the priests.
As those presents are always the most fashionable, and sometimes the most valued, which cannot be used, I give you this book, which you will not be able to read, but which, perhaps, you will kindly preserve in memory of its writer. A mighty crowd gathered upon the downs by the sea-cliff. Some of the Druidic monuments are simple circles with a stone standing in the midst, and the boss in the centre of their circular shields had probably the same signification. The initiations of Masons are so similar to those of the Druids, that any Mason reading my article upon the subject must have been struck by the resemblance. I simply made notations in the margin where I knew information was incorrect.
When a song was called for after the feast, the Oadeir-fardd, or the bard who possessed the badge of-the-chair sang a hymn to the glory of God, and then another in honor of the king. To them came the sailors who fished and traded on the seas, and entreated them for fair winds. This was the baptism of fire, of water, and of blood. I will not go deeper into particulars so degrading to human nature. Bridget, a patron saint of Ireland.
Then the wise men and women of the land were sent for, and all those who knew songs of magic art. He was nailed down in his prison, which cast into the Nile floated down to the sea by the Taitic mouth, which even in the time of Plutarch was never mentioned by an Egyptian but with marks of detestation. But these wise men of the West were no less learned in human hearts than in the triplet verses, and oral of their. Isis also received the names of Islene, Ceres, Rhea, Venus, Vesta, Cybele, Niobe, Melissa — Nehalennia in the North; Isi with the Indians; Puzza among the Chinese; and Ceridwen among the ancient Britons. She returned to Egypt and hid the coffin in a remote place: but Typhon, hunting by moonlight, chanced to find it, and divided the corpse into fourteen pieces. By degrees their ideas steal in to one's questions and thoughts and have more influence than one would like to admit. These Druids were despots; and yea they must have exercised their power wisely and temperately to have retained so long their dominion over a rude and warlike race.
Finally it was the brazen serpent elevated upon a cross that Moses erected in the wilderness, and upon which all who gazes were saved from death; and it was this serpent which Jewish and Christian writers have agreed in asserting to be a type of the Messiah. And yet they were plain and simple in their man- ners; open and generous, docile and grateful, strangers to low cunning and deceit, so hospitable they they hailed the arrival of each fresh guest with joy and festivities, so warm-hearted that they were never more pleased than when they could bestow a kindness. They silently adored this Great Soul in the be- ginning, and spoke of Him with reverence, and sometimes raised their eyes timidly to His glittering dwelling-place on high. But Suetonius with his formidable fourteenth legion was as yet unconquered. They were happy, and every moment though unconsciously they offered a prayer of grati- tude to Him whom as yet they did not know.
The priestesses of Sena were burnt by one of the ancient Dukes of Brittany. The range of obelisks from north, and exactly facing the south is double, being two parallel rows each consisting of nineteen stones. It is true that the first generation of men might have looked upon these merely as the empty symbols of a Divine Being, but it is also certain that in time the vulgar forgot the God in the emblem, and worshipped that which their fathers had only honored. The Bards or Bardd from Bar, a branch, or, the top. She who pressed it with her H2 priestesses. Having succeeded, and as soon as the moon was six days old, they marched by night with great solemnity towards the spot, inviting all to join their procession with these words: The New Year is at hand: let us gather the mistletoe.