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Druidic Christianity is a branch of Christianity created by the travels of Jesus of Nazareth and Joseph of Ramtha (Joseph of Arimathea) to Britannia and the latter's subsequent return following the death of Jesus. The term 'druidic' refers to the use of druids by multiple sects and branches of Druidic Christianity, most notably in the form of the Holy Temple of Nyrusallon, which utilized druids heavily in its early days and still employs the aid of druids as the foremost heads of the Temple. Today, there are over 400 million followers of Druidic Christianity, most of whom adhere to the teachings of Nyrusallonism. Like the Roman Catholic Church, the Holy Temple of Nyrusallon is a centralized branch with a singular head.
A common theme in Druidic Christianity is the adherence to the Druidic Gospels. These gospels preach humility, divine presence, and knowledge. Most Druidic Temples are small, open enclosures exposed to the elements, with a towering, central pillar of stone. As the other branches of Christianity view churches as sacred ground, so too do Druidic Christians.
Druidism refers to the druids responsible for the expansion and solidification of Druidic Christianity in its infancy. During the time of Jesus and Joseph of Ramthra, the druids were wayward children of Adam who had no notion of Judaism. As such, Jesus and Joseph of Ramthra met incredible hardship in Albion, including imprisonment and enslavement before Joseph's merchants saved the two from captivity. When Joseph of Ramthra returned to Albion and settled Nyrusallon (Literally 'New Jerusalem'), he was sacrificed to a pagan god. His followers, believing themselves to be descended from the 'wicked druids of old,' kept the name as a sign of humility. To be a druid, in the eyes of Druidic Christianity, is to be a redeemed sinner.
Holy Temple of Nyrusallon
The Holy Temple of Nyrusallon refers to the organized branch of Druidic Christianity led by the Most High Druids, who profess deep understanding of the Druidic Christian faith. Like the Roman Catholic Church, the Holy Temple of Nyrusallon is a unified branch with strict rules in canon and structure. There are nearly 300 million followers of Nyrusallonism today, most of whom reside in the British Isles, Brittany, Scanvinavia, and Vinland. However, Nyrusallonic Temples can be found across the world, from Japan to Helluland.
Being the most prominent branch of Druidic Christianity, Nyrusallonism was founded as a reaction to the expansion of the Catholic Church northwards. As the two branches of Christianity were so different, tensions began to arise, until a king in Britain claimed to have found the Chalice of God, attempting to unite the religion against Catholicism. His lifelong friend was named High Druid and became the first of hundreds of leaders of the Holy Temple of Nyrusallon. Today, there are seven High Druids. In order to ensure a tie is never reached, the number of High Druids is always odd. There have been as few as one acting High Druid and as many as thirty-three.
The High Druids preach from the Temple of Nyrusallon, built over a set of ancient Celtic stones used as a calendar. While the stones are long gone, having been used as building materials for the massive facade of the Temple of Nyrusallon, they have been immortalized in the Stones of Vigja Joseph of Ramthra, a reconstruction of these stones. From here, the High Druids address massive crowds seated in the amphitheater-like structure constructed around the Stones.
The deceased in the Holy Temple of Nyrusallon are considered to be holy, regardless of the life once led by the person. According to Nyrusallic teachings, "all men departed from this world are to be considered holy, as they have reached a level of understanding far greater than any living man can hope to achieve. In death, all men must face their Lord (Second Book of the Druids 13:4)."
The Norse influence on Nyrusallonism is profound; while it affected nearly every branch of Druidic Christianity, it is very pronounced in the Holy Temple of Nyrusallon. Runestones, funeral rites, and icons referring to Yggdrasil and Mjolnir are common in Nyrusallonic artwork.
Notably, Nyrusallonics have more verses in the third Book of the Druids, many of which were added at the Council of Ceredigion in AD 639.
Referring to Ramthra (Ramtha in Aramaic or Arimathea to non-Druidic branches of Christianity), this non-centralized form of Druidic Christianity predates Nyrusallonism by several years. Ramthrans follow a Bible with a translation close to the original Books of the Druids. Most notably, several verses referring to the holiness of the High Druids are absent from the Ramthran teachings, the faithful referring to community druids as their spiritual leaders. While Nyrusallon stresses a concentration on higher knowledge, both spiritually and secularly, Ramthranism teaches that spiritualism is the pinnacle of knowledge.
Ramthranism is more popular in mainland Europe, namely in the German countries and the Frankish countries. It is also popular in Helluland. This branch places emphasis on peace and understanding of God through a thousand sets of eyes, not just a select few.
Jesus' Visit to Britannia
A common theme in non-Drudic Christianity is the 'Lost Years' of Jesus' life. According to Druidic Christianity, however, Jesus heard of a land to the west untouched by Judaism or the Roman Empire. Incredibly distraught, he stowed away on a ship owned by Joseph of Ramthra, which was bringing metal and other goods to various stops in Iberia, Gaul, and Britannia. Here, Jesus spent several months in contemplation, being away from his adoptive parents for the first time in his life. According to Druidic Christianity, he received wisdom from both God and Joseph of Ramthra. By the time he reached Britannia, Jesus was very upset at the number of hostile Gentiles in Gaul and Iberia, which resulted in Jesus' determination to spread the word of God to Britannia.
While on the ship, Jesus converted Joseph of Ramthra, who became a devout follower of his. The older merchant and the adolescent Jesus then spent several years in Britannia, Jesus occasionally writing to the Virgin Mary. While with the Britons, he encountered the Trinovantis, the Iceni, the Dubonni, Belgae, and finally the Durotriges. Unfortunately for the two, they made very few friends, save for a very few number in OTL Glastonbury.