Evidence indicates Druids committed human sacrifice and cannibalismMarch 21st, 2009 - 1:06 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 21 (ANI): Archaeologists have recently uncovered evidence which indicates that Druids possibly committed cannibalism and ritual human sacrifice, perhaps on a massive scale, which add weight to ancient Roman accounts of Druidic savagery.
After a first century B.C. visit to Britain, the Romans came back with horrific stories of sacrifice by high-ranking priests of the Celts, who had spread throughout much of Europe over a roughly 2,000-year period.
First-century historian Pliny the Elder even suggested that the Celts practiced ritual cannibalism, eating their enemies” flesh as a source of spiritual and physical strength.
But, with only the Romans” word to rely on, it’’s been easy for historians to dismiss such tales as wartime propaganda.
Now, according to a report in National Geographic News, recent gruesome finds appear to confirm the Romans” accounts.
One of the most incriminating evidence is the 2,000-year-old, bog-mummified body of Lindow Man, discovered in England in the 1980s.
Lindow Man’’s manicured fingernails and finely trimmed hair and beard suggest that he may have been of high status-possibly even a Druid himself, who was the victim of a carefully staged sacrifice.
Recent studies have revealed that Lindow Man’’s head had been violently smashed and his neck had been strangled and slashed.
“You”ve got a rope tightened round his neck, and at the moment where the neck was constricted, the throat was cut, which would cause an enormous fountain of blood to rise up,” said Miranda Aldhouse-Green, an archaeologist at Cardiff University in Wales and an expert on the Druids.
Another clue lay inside the body’’s well-preserved gut: pollen grains from mistletoe, a plant that was sacred to the Druids.
Lindow Man may have been sacrificed to persuade the Celtic gods to halt the Roman advance, according to Aldhouse-Green.
“Something had to be done to stop them in their tracks. And what better way than sacrificing a high-status nobleman?” she explained.
Other grisly clues come from a cave in Alveston, England.
Skeletons belonging to as many as 150 people and dating back to about the time of the Roman conquest were discovered there in 2000.
Druids may have killed the victims, who show evidence of skull-splitting blows, in a single event. It may have been the Roman invasion itself that escalated the Druids” ritualized slaughter, according to the researchers.
According to archaeologist Simon James of the University of Leicester, UK, “There has always been a suspicion that what the Romans were saying was atrocity propaganda. But, some recent finds like Lindow Man suggest that there were dark and bloody goings-on.” (ANI)
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