Were the Welsh bards shamans?

A question that often arises on courses is whether or not the medieval Welsh bards — those that gave us the Taliesin myth as we understand it today — were shamans in any way? As always, the answer is more complex than a simple yes or no.

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  1. Diolch, Gwilym. A very clear analysis of the differences between two ‘priestly classes’. I wonder where awen fits into the practice of merely reciting the poetry of the ancient master. I also wonder which modern Druidry traditions you feel are more focussed on the bardic influence than the shamanism influence. Hwyl

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