This paper investigates the origins and growth of a tradition which attributes the saying ‘my druid is Christ’ to the sixth-century St. Columba of Iona. In recent decades, the phrase has enjoyed particular currency among practitioners of modern ‘Celtic spirituality’, who have taken it as evidence of the positive and appreciative attitude of early Irish Christians towards their native ‘pagan’ past. These notions, however, represent only the most recent example of the creative processes of re-appropriation that have transformed the meaning of the expression in the course of its transmission history. The examination presents an overview and analysis of relevant textual sources, including annals, hagiography, and later literary materials, to trace the ways in which the phrase has been decontextualised and reframed to meet the interests and needs of different audiences from the early medieval period up to the present day.


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