Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | April 17, 2009

Druids in New Zealand

Some beautiful shots here of members of the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids and friends celebrating the solstice at Stonehenge Aotearoa:


Responses

  1. Awww…It’s great to see lots of familar faces from the Grove of the Summer Stars. And I have to say, that was much more balanced than the last time chanel 3 ran anything about Druids.

  2. I’m afraid I’m not getting any sound from this video clip, not when I watch it on Youtube either. Is that the way it’s supposed to be? It would be exciting to see it with sound. Thanks for a great blog!

  3. It does have sound Neina. Must be a problem at your end!

  4. Hi there. I am currently writing a book on Aramoho Wanganui. I know the Druids were strong there in the early 1900s but can find nothing about their history and what happened to them in the end. There was a Druids Hall in Waverley too so they seemed to be strong in country areas as well as towns. Can anyone help? Shame this history should be lost!

    • Hi Laraine,
      The group who set up these halls in NZ were the Ancient Order of Druids. They (the NZ branch) dissolved some time quite recently when their finances went adrift (I believe). Their building can be seen in Wellington (now occupied by other offices, but you can see the name carved on the lintel). You can get an idea of how they might have looked had they survived by looking here: http://www.druids.com.au/. The story of how some Druid groups ended up selling insurance and bonds is a bit of a digression, but covered in many books on the history of Druidism! Best wishes in your research! Philip

      • Thanks Phiip!

  5. Does anyone know of a decent Druidry course I can take that’s cheap? The OBOD one was over $400 NZ a year and I don’t have that much money in my bank account, and I don’t think my parents would be willing to pay that much for me on that.
    If anyone knows of one that’s free or under $100 NZ a year, and is a decent course that won’t take up too much time what with homework and all that, could you please post the link here?
    Thanks

    • Helen…

      Contact the Grove of the Summer Stars and talk to them.

      Peace

      Meaghan.

  6. Hi
    Would someone know the meaning of dropping the customary acorn into the grave of a Druid – it was mentioned at a funeral for a member of the Star of Paeroa Lodge of Druids in 1910.
    Many thanks
    Meg.

    • No idea Meg, but I suspect a very nice inspired idea to symbolize the cyclical nature of life, and the deceased being a ‘person/sage of the oak’ (from dru (oak) – id (sage).


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