for me the best example of how "celtic" gaelic languages like irish really are is this:

word druid


The modern English word druid derives from the Latin druides (pronounced [druˈides]), which itself was considered by ancient Roman writers to come from the native Celtic Gaulish word for these figures.[9][10][11] Other Roman texts also employ the form druidae, while the same term was used by Greek ethnographers as δρυΐδης (druidēs).[12][13] Although no extant Romano-Celtic inscription is known to contain the form,[9] the word is cognate with the later insular Celtic words, Old Irish druí ("druid, sorcerer") and early Welsh dryw ("seer").[11] 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-[14] and *weid- "to see".[15] The sense of "oak-knower" (or "oak-seer") is confirmed by Pliny the Elder,[11] who in his Natural History etymologised the term as containing the Greek noun δρύς (drus), "oak-tree"[16] and the Greek suffix -ιδης (-idēs).[17] The modern Irish word for Oak is Dara, as it derives to anglicised placenames like Derry, and Kildare (literally the "church of oak").

Original proto “celtic” word is drvid or dervovid.

Drvo – dervo means tree in Serbian.
Vid in Serbian  means sight, videti means to see, predvideti means to foresee.

But also

Veda in Serbian – means a story, vedati, pripovedati means to tell a story, propovedati means to preach.

And also

Vidati in Serbian means to cure to treat ill person, heal, vidar is a healer.

Seer, preacher, healer – all attributes of a shaman.

So drvid = drv – vid = tree shaman – tree worship priest,

The only translation that makes sense does not come from Gaelic languages, but from Slavic languages. You would expect that if this was a Gaelic religious title that the word would have deep meaning in Gaelic languages, but it doesn’t. This is what Irish Gaelic dictionary has to say about meaning of the word druid:

druid le = draw near
dún, druid = close down(vt, vi)
druid, dún = shut down(vt, vi)
druidim amach ó = to edge away from
druidim de bhlosc or de phreab = to snap shut
6 lá as a chéile, sé lá druidte = 6 days running
an ndruidfeá an doras, le do thoil = would you close the door please?
tarraing or druid isteach i leataobh = pull over(vi)(AUT)

One would expect something like holy man, seer, tree man or priest, something that has anything to do with “Celtic” religion. How is this possible? It is possible because druids were not Gaelic holy men, they were Celtic holy men. And Celts were not

Gaels. But who were Celts then I wander??? And where did they go?


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