TWH In the new TV series Britannia, a Celtic sorceress
in ancient Britain draws a large pentacle on stone and casts a
spell, saying, Dark mother, send me a demon to do my will!
Early in the series, top-dog Druid Veranm and his Druid tribe,
who live in a rocky, mountainous hollow apart from the warring
native tribes they serve, capture an invading Roman soldier. Veran
performs some sort of ritualistic soul-sucking thing which causes
the soldier to reanimate as a zombie under Verans control, after
being tossed over a waterfall to his death.
The zombie soldier shows back up in the Roman camp and delivers
a verbal get-the-hell-out-of-our-land message to the general, Aulus
Plautis. The general and Veran then trade notes back and forth by
placing messages in the mouth of the dead Roman soldiers severed
Later Veran, who looks like a cross between Skeletor of
He-Man fame and Richard OBriens characters Gulnar (in the
Robin of Sherwood TV series) and Riff Raff (in the
Rocky Horror Picture Show), has a Vulcan mind-meld with
Aulus Plautius, who has decided to seek the Druids help to go on a
vision quest to the underworld..
Toto, I dont think were in Celtic Britain in the year 43 C.E.
anymore, though the creators of Britannia, which is airing
on Amazon Prime in the U.S. and Sky Atlantic in the U.K., would
like to have us believe otherwise.
Or perhaps not.
The shows official publicity says the series follows the Roman
army as they return to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia, a
mysterious land led by warrior women and powerful Druids who claim
to channel the powerful forces of the underworld . . . it takes a
journey to a place where mystical Druids run free, invincible Celts
reign unopposed and invading Romans try to bring them into
When Britannia hit the airwaves in late January, some
modern-day Druids denounced the series in the British press, saying
this sword n sex n sorcery epic has no resemblance to modern or
ancient Druidic practice, and that it sullies both.
Less alarmed is Robin Herne, a teacher at Druid College UK and
an author of the book Old Gods, New Druids and other
The program is not aiming for historical accuracy, and is quite
honest about that, Herne said in an interview with The Wild
Aside from inaccuracies in the historical details, the religious
practices and invocations used in the show are a mishmash of
Neopagan and New Age concepts and...