As the sun rises on a
fall morning in 55 BCE, Camma lays two pigeons on the altar
at the center of her village. She offers a prayer to Matrona
mother goddess of the Earth, and Lugus chief of the gods. Then, she wrings the birds’ necks and cuts them open to examine their
entrails for divine messages. Camma is a druid. This means she conducts religious rites, but she also serves as a judge, healer,
and scholar, teaching children and mediating conflict
between Celtic tribes. She began her studies as a child, memorizing the countless details
necessary to perform her many roles, since the druids’ knowledge is considered
too sacred to record in writing. Like many druids, she spent years
studying in Britain. Now, she is a resident Druid
of the Veneti tribe in a small farming village near the
western coast of Gaul, in what is now France. Since returning to Gaul, she has received
many offers of marriage– but she has decided to devote herself
to her work, at least for now. This morning, the omens are troubling. They tell of war and strife, as they often
have in recent months. A neighboring tribe, the Redones, have raided their village and stolen
cattle in broad daylight twice this fall. The children have gathered around
to watch her work. Camma plays her lyre and sings to them. She weaves stories of the powerful kings
who once ruled their land – brave warriors who were slain naked
in combat but who will be reborn, as will all the Celts. When the children go off
to help in the fields, Camma heads across the village to visit
an old woman with an eye infection. On the way to the old woman’s hut, she passes men salting pigs for the
winter food supply and women weaving clothing from dyed wool. She delivers a remedy for the injured eye– it’s made from mistletoe,
a sacred healing plant, but deadly if used incorrectly. From there, Camma visits the chieftain
to discuss the omens. She convinces him to go and talk through
their problems with their neighbors. Accompanied by several warriors, they head through the forest and demand
a meeting outside the Redones’ village walls. The Redones’ representatives bring
their own druid, who Camma recognizes from the annual
gathering in central Gaul where head druids are elected. The chieftains immediately begin to argue
and threaten each other. Camma steps between the opposing sides
to stop them from fighting— they must honor her authority. Finally, the Redones agree to pay
Camma’s tribe several cattle. In spite of this resolution, Camma still
feels uneasy on the long walk home. As they approach the village walls,
a bright streak shoots across the sky— another omen, but of what? Back home, Camma sits among the elders
for her evening meal of porridge, a bit of meat, and a cup of wine. While they were out during the day,
an intercepted parchment arrived. Camma recognizes the writing immediately. Although the druids are forbidden from
recording their knowledge, she and many other young druids
can read Latin. From the message, she learns that the
Romans are drawing closer to their lands. Some of the elders say that the tribe
should flee to the nearby hills and hide, but Camma counsels them to trust
in the gods and remain in their home. Privately, she has her doubts. Should the Romans reach them,
her power to help might be limited. Unlike the other Celtic tribes, Roman legions have no regard for
the druids’ sacred role as peacemakers. Before going to bed, she observes the course of the planets
and consults her charts, trying to make sense of the
meteor she saw earlier. The signs are converging on a larger
threat than their neighbors.

A day in the life of an ancient Celtic Druid – Philip Freeman
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100 thoughts on “A day in the life of an ancient Celtic Druid – Philip Freeman

  • September 17, 2019 at 4:51 pm
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    Actual information about Druids! Yes!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    Thank you for this! It's hard to find videos about our ancient history that I can show my kiddos.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 4:53 pm
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    Good Video! But you forgot about the WildShape in Lv2"

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  • September 17, 2019 at 4:56 pm
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    I love that all the Asterix are showing up in the comments lol

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:01 pm
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    Cuckoo Cuckoo

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    So druids have significant political power.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:06 pm
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    0:50 yea nice excuse to justify being illiterate

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:06 pm
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    Oh…my….god!!! This TED-ED videos are AMAZING!!!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:06 pm
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    she gon get føkkd

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:07 pm
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    Ted-ED is the only reason why YouTube is still great.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:15 pm
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    — Four shining sovereigns, Buck Mulligan cried with delight.
    We’ll have a glorious drunk to astonish the druidy druids. Four omnipotent sovereigns.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    Historia civilis did a series of videos about Ceaser wars.
    After the galic wars, i think the romans killed 1 milion gauls. The content creator concludes the video with the following statement: "It was a genocide"

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:24 pm
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    great stuff!!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:28 pm
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    Anyone else loves the letter at 3:26
    Caesar sends love x

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:34 pm
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    XOXOXO
    JULIUS CEASER

    …Xp

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:36 pm
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    Loved it!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:36 pm
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    this reminds me of gravity falls

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:40 pm
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    Its amazing how so many groups of people dont exist any more

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:45 pm
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    Please don't take this attack but seriously people. Is it really wise to worship anything created. Isn't it wiser to worship The Creator. You do not have to immediately turn to Islam but at least turn to the Most High. God is not a a tree nor a mountain, nor an avatar in any shape or form. God is only apparent through the creation. There is enough proof alluding to this. Turn to your Maker and ask from Him because He is the One who gives you, feeds you, and takes care if you when you're not even aware. Everything is pre-Determined by Him but we have the choice to seek Him if you want to. What good will worshipping trees and idols help. They can't even save themselves from affliction. Reflect about this.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:51 pm
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    I am very interested in any information on Celtic life and especially the druids. Thank you for this video!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:54 pm
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    I love these so much! please more! how about a priest of the Jewish temple for next time?

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    As far as I remember, druidism was forbidden in the Roman empire for human sacrifices. 🙀

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:02 pm
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    Amazing. Beautiful. Still have that whole issue of sacrificing human beings during festivals though. And displaying heads as a Celtic custom. Fascinating culture, but there is always more to it than one view or one day can show. (True on the other end too)

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:03 pm
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    Amazing. Beautiful. Still have that whole issue of sacrificing human beings during festivals though. And displaying heads as a Celtic custom. Fascinating culture, but there is always more to it than one view or one day can show. (True on the other end too)

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:09 pm
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    The Eagle coming…

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    Time to brew a superstrengh potion!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:34 pm
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    Ultimate Infestation.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:35 pm
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    there was not a lot , probably not at all, female druids – fake history

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:44 pm
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    1:55 salting those pigs good

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:48 pm
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    Druids did like everything lmao

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:59 pm
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    i have the druid in soul knight. lol

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  • September 17, 2019 at 7:07 pm
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    "We are in 50 BC. All Gaul is occupied by the Romans. All? No! Because a village populated by irreducible Gauls still resists the invader …"

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  • September 17, 2019 at 7:12 pm
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    So cute. I gonna makw a d&d character out of this

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  • September 17, 2019 at 7:12 pm
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    Why are you portraying the druids as all women? Seems only a small minority were. Not that it really matters, the point is rather the weird feeling one gets of propaganda, seeing the obvious focus of latter days historic figures episodes.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 7:28 pm
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    Only two types of people of this earth, those who are welsh and those who wish they were!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 7:29 pm
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    Gauls didn't wear winged helmets. And their chieftains were never raised on a shield. This was a Frankish custom.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 7:37 pm
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    Who else thought dnd when they saw the vid

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  • September 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm
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    Why is it BCE not BC?

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  • September 17, 2019 at 7:55 pm
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    i feel like this video ended on a cliffhanger lol..

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  • September 17, 2019 at 7:56 pm
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    Veneti villagge 55 bc, RUUNN!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:12 pm
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    Did anyone else pause to decode the message at 3:14?

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:18 pm
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    Sounds like my mom.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:22 pm
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    And also blue moon Druids can wildshape into animala

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:25 pm
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    According to Asterix and Obelix there were no women druids !!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:33 pm
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    I kept watching, waiting for the riddle…

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:43 pm
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    I can't be the only one who thought of Morgana Pendragon while watching… although she wasn't much of a piece maker 🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:45 pm
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    Wow, the story is so captivating…it caught my attention so sightly that I forgot I was cleaning the room.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:50 pm
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    There were druids in France? I thought they were only found in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and england were they found anywhere else?

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:54 pm
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    a druid seems a lot like an anti-vax mom

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:57 pm
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    ….and then the Druids taught the Celtics how to play basketball

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  • September 17, 2019 at 9:04 pm
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    Did the Celtic tribes move to and diffuse with the Irish and Scottish? Cause i always here celtic being used in Gaelic/Irish culture

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  • September 17, 2019 at 9:07 pm
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    You can't just leave us hanging like that. What happened next?

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  • September 17, 2019 at 9:12 pm
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    xoxoxo Julius Caesar

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  • September 17, 2019 at 9:23 pm
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    Man Druids had some really stressful life :/

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  • September 17, 2019 at 9:27 pm
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    TimesNewRoman??? :/

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  • September 17, 2019 at 9:32 pm
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    RIP birds

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  • September 17, 2019 at 9:41 pm
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    0:08 looks like the gorgons head in aquae sulis

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  • September 17, 2019 at 9:46 pm
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    I understand the animation clip is supposed to be humorous, but why perpetuate absolutely inaccurate imageries while coupling it with educative and factual commentary? Everything seen there comes straight out of an Astérix album and not anything regarding actual La Tène D culture.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 10:02 pm
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    Anybody else want to now watch Asterix?

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  • September 17, 2019 at 10:15 pm
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    Spent a good five minutes translating that letter. Lol. Quite the treat!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 10:47 pm
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    I watch Historia Civilis, when I heard the name of the tribe I got a bit sad

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  • September 17, 2019 at 10:47 pm
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    In case you were wondering: all the Veneti were then genocided by Caesar (all the warriors and nobles were killed, and the rest was enslaved)

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  • September 17, 2019 at 10:50 pm
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    Love your videos Ted Ed!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 10:52 pm
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    Wait, what happened afterwars? I wanna know! Those videos always end in cliffhangers.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    This is bollocks. Druids were men.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 11:12 pm
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    I wanted to see her turn into a bear like my druid character in DnD. I was lied to.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 11:16 pm
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    Druid: Story time!
    Rolls tongue

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  • September 17, 2019 at 11:19 pm
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    Typical Romans!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 11:23 pm
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    A beautiful done video! Druids skills and abilities suited a time of both peace and struggle.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 12:08 am
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    Thanks so much starting Celtic study soon

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  • September 18, 2019 at 12:17 am
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    this is good stuff

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  • September 18, 2019 at 12:22 am
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    2:31
    Were all druids women?

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  • September 18, 2019 at 12:42 am
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    TED always teaches me so many things and that’s always great

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  • September 18, 2019 at 12:50 am
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    Fantastic video 😀

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  • September 18, 2019 at 12:51 am
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    Love the ig-pay atin-lay at 3:14–4:18

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  • September 18, 2019 at 12:59 am
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    Sorry if this was asked already – is there evidence that supports women Druids? I think the video is great, just curious. We just read book vi of the Gallic Wars from much of what this video seems to be based and I don’t know any indication of women.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 1:10 am
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    No one?

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  • September 18, 2019 at 1:38 am
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    The druid create magic potion which one of baby Gaul accidentally fell into the cauldron

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  • September 18, 2019 at 2:15 am
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    Wait WHAT HAPPENS?

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  • September 18, 2019 at 3:04 am
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    That doesnt look like abit of meat 3:06

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  • September 18, 2019 at 3:13 am
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    Were women druidic priests then? Wasn't aware

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  • September 18, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    Addayay means yadda

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  • September 18, 2019 at 3:52 am
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    UNTILL THE PICTISH BRUTS CRUSHED HADRIAN'S ARMY 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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  • September 18, 2019 at 4:24 am
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    wait, so the only latin word druids learn is "Addayay".

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  • September 18, 2019 at 4:26 am
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    Why a cliffhanger? TED-Ed, you can't do that! :c

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  • September 18, 2019 at 5:15 am
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    "The druids say that the human soul and the universe are indestructible"
    God says: "Hold my beer."

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  • September 18, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    We're there really female worriors?

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  • September 18, 2019 at 5:43 am
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    She doesn't look druish

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  • September 18, 2019 at 5:53 am
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    Do aztecs next!

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  • September 18, 2019 at 5:59 am
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    Some TED-Ed information need to fix misinformation and do some corrections information

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  • September 18, 2019 at 6:34 am
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    Soo there is no magic potion?

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  • September 18, 2019 at 6:57 am
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    Mum's cousin did a genealogy and apparently there were druids back there. I never knew much about them – till now. That was pretty cool.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 7:07 am
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    Getafix halp…

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  • September 18, 2019 at 7:09 am
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    The animators are doing a great job!

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  • September 18, 2019 at 7:17 am
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    DID I SEE DUCK…WITH VIKING HORNED…HELMET?!!! GRJRKRJFJDISOWKSN

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  • September 18, 2019 at 8:24 am
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    Most of this was stolen from asterisk and obelisk

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  • September 18, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    This is cool.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 8:58 am
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    Caesar's nose and chin look like a drawing compass.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 8:58 am
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    You should like I either make it longer or make a series I often find the lives this people uncomplete the rest of vids are great but lives of people do a series

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