Apparently pagans (I am going to be careful what I say here aren't I OC !!) are furious with "fashion gurus" Trinny and Suannah. The "gurus" decided to do a temprary sex change on the Long Man of Wilmington.
Twenty-two pagans gathered in protest at the Long Man where ITV was filming. The show had invited 100 women to decorate the "sacred" site by giving the man temporary pigtails, breasts and hips.
Arthur Pendragon, a Druid battle chieftain (whatever one of them is), said: "We are very angry because this is so disrespectful. We, the pagans, would not in our wildest dreams consider putting female breasts and clothing on effigies of any Holy Prophets, be it Jesus Christ, Buddha or any other revered figure of another faith. Why then, does ITV commission Trinny and Susannah to do so at the Long Man of Wilmington?"
Now hold on a moment here Arthur. I admit that Trinny and Susannah are as irritating as hell but will someone please explain to me the druidic/pagan tradition that is being insulted?
The druid tradition died out in most parts of western Europe by the 8th century. There was a revival in the 18th century, a gap of over 900 years. Given that there is no written tradition modern Druids are "making it up". Is there any evidence that Stonehenge was a druidic temple? I believe that the first person to link the megaliths with Druidsim was John Aubrey 1626-1697.
I am not saying there is anything wrong with many of the core beliefs, keeping the earth in balance and respecting the planet make sense to me. In North America Native American traditions come from a continuous unbroken source but European Paganism does not.
I have no problem with people wanting a different sort of religion and as I say there is much in Paganism that makes sense. Any Christian readers please note Paganism does not equal Devil Worship. I just find it laughable when they claim objects without any evidence and claim a tradition that was glamourised and reinvented. We know very little about Celtic Druidism and what little we do know is biased reporting by the Romans.