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druid was a member of the priestly class in Britain, Ireland, and Gaul (France), and possibly other parts of Celtic Europe and Galatia during the Iron Age and possibly earlier.

Bonnie McCullough is descendant from the Celtic Druids and has inherited most of their powers and seer abilities.

Very little is known about the ancient druids, but they are a kind of specie of witches with certain spell casting abilities. They left no written accounts of themselves and the only evidence is a few descriptions left by Greek, Roman and various scattered authors and artists, as well as stories created by later medieval Irish writers. While archaeological evidence has been uncovered pertaining to the religious practices of the Iron Age people, "not one single artefact or image has been unearthed that can undoubtedly be connected with the ancient Druids." Various recurring themes emerge in a number of the Greco-Roman accounts of the druids, including that they performed human sacrifice, believed in a form of reincarnation, and held a high position in Gaulish society. Next to nothing is known about their cultic practice, except for the ritual of oak and mistletoe as described by Pliny the Elder.

Name

The modern English word druid derives from the Latin druides (pronounced [druˈides]), which was considered by ancient Roman writers to come from the native Celtic Gaulish word for these figures. Other Roman texts also employ the form druidae, while the same term was used by Greek ethnographers as δρυΐδης (druidēs). Although no extant Romano-Celtic inscription is known to contain the form, the word is cognate with the later insular Celtic words, Old Irish druí ("druid, sorcerer") and early Welsh dryw ("seer"). Based on all available forms, the hypothetical proto-Celtic word may then be reconstructed as *dru-wid-s (pl. *druwides) meaning "oak-knower". The two elements go back to the Proto-Indo-European roots *deru- and *weid- "to see". The sense of "oak-knower" (or "oak-seer") is confirmed by Pliny the Elder, who in his Natural History etymologised the term as containing the Greek noun δρύς (drus), "oak-tree"and the Greek suffix -ιδης (-idēs). The modern Irish word for Oak is Dair, which occurs in anglicised placenames like Derry - Doire, and Kildare - Cill Dara (literally the "church of oak"). There are many stories and lore about saints, heroes, and oak trees, and also many local stories and superstitions (called pishogues) about trees in general, which still survive in rural Ireland. Both Irish druí and Welsh dryw could also refer to the wren, possibly connected with an association of that bird with augury bird in Irish and Welsh tradition.

In the NovelsEdit

In The Vampire Diaries novels, Bonnie McCullough is a Celtic Druidess and a Witch.

The Druids are priests and priestesses and can thus be called Psychics in the modern.

Bonnie prefers to call herself a psychic instead of a Druid throughout most of the books, but follows their traditions and skills and knows much about their sacred days, times, mythologies and astrologies.

Bonnie's grandmother has been stated to be a Druidess, too.

Though, the Druids Priests and Priestesses themselves never make a tangible appearance in the novels.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Druid Powers are of divination and prophecy which is done much by Bonnie McCullough in the novels.

Bonnie has shown to be able to do the following with Druid Powers:

  • Divination: The ability to see into the future for short periods of time, an ability used by Bonnie recurently and unconsciously accesses it all the time.
  • Telekinesis: Bonnie has expressed telekinesis, the ability to move and control objects with the mind.
  • Spell Casting: Spell Casting is the ability to cast magical and supernatural spells with the use of an ancient language that accesses magical forces and talks with the forces of nature to cause supernatural events in the physical plane such as sealing away a powerful vampire, casting a protection spell or casting a spell to cause harm to a creature.

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