Druidism and the Ancient Religions of India

"The very name Druid is composed of two Celtic word roots which have parallels in Sanskrit. Indeed, the root vid for knowledge, which also emerges in the Sanskrit word Veda, demonstrates the similarity. The Celtic root dru which means 'immersion' also appears in Sanskrit. So a Druid was one 'immersed in knowledge.'" Peter Beresford-Ellis

Many followers of Druidry today feel a great affinity with one or more of the religions of India, and research shows that this feeling may be based upon more than simply a sense of spiritual  resonance. There is now considerable evidence to suggest that Celtic and European cultures share a common origin with cultures that emerged in India thousands of years ago, and which gave birth to the ‘Dharmic religions’ of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. Spiritual seekers who find their inspiration in both Druidism and the Dharmic religions may well be reuniting strands of a common cultural and spiritual heritage.

The Order of Bards Ovates & Druids jointly with the International Center for Cultural Studies has initiated The One Tree Project – a research programme to explore these connections in detail, and you can read about this project here.

Here in a brief interview in Nagpur, India, in 2009, Philip Carr-Gomm gives a summary of the possible connections.

Spiral triskelion (formed from mathematical Archimedean spirals), occasionally used as a Christian Trinitarian symbol
A report on a conference held in America on 'Spirituality in Indigenous Cultural and Religious Traditions'.