OBOD Mount Haemus Lectures, Salisbury, 29th September 2012


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"The Order of Bards Ovates & Druids grants a scholarship each year for original research in Druidism and related subjects. We have called this scholarship the Mount Haemus Award, after the apocryphal Druid grove of Mt Haemus that was said to have been established near Oxford in 1245.
Each research paper is published online at http://www.druidry.org/events-projects/mount-haemus-award and is also delivered as a lecture at a Mount Haemus Award day held every four years. In addition, every eight years, the papers are gathered together and published in a book. Here is a brief film of the 2012 Mt.HaemusDay.
Philip Carr-Gomm introduced the day by saying: "We are in ancient surroundings, concerning ourselves apparently with an ancient subject -- the Druids. But one of the characteristics of Druidry today is that it is extremely contemporary -- it is a modern phenomenon.
The Mount Haemus project, for example, began in the 21st century: the first award was given in the year 2000. But it is a project rooted in the 17th & 18th century Druid Revival, when Druidism became a subject of fascination for many scholars. And if we follow these roots we find that they do not simply end in that period. Instead they extend back in time to the days of the ancient Druids, those 'natural philosophers', as the classical writers called them.
And so as we sit here today in this hall we are participating in an expression of that extraordinary lineage and tradition.
I say extraordinary because, as anyone who has studied the Druids a little will know, the field is filled with much fantasy, and both good and poor scholarship.
This is why we began the Mount Haemus Project -- to encourage good scholarship and research -- and today we are delighted to welcome four Mt Haemus scholars who will present their papers to us."...Obod

Playtime 11.30 minutes



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