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By Arthur Edward Waite

It really is on the middle of all Western tradition: the tale of the Holy Grail, the key heritage of Christianity and the grand quest to discover it that informs every little thing from stories steeped in centuries, equivalent to the legend of King Arthur, to the main glossy well known fiction, just like the Da Vinci Code. during this hugely readable yet densely informative paintings, Waite, a preeminent 19th-century specialist in esoterica, explores the entire literature devoted to this "legend of the soul" from either an highbrow and a religious point of view, looking for the basic through-lines of this such a lot primary of news in addition to a paranormal essence of Christianity itself. scholars of folklore, readers of fantasy-quest fiction, and seekers after spiritual fact Christian and Pagan alike will all locate this an important source. American-born British occultist and writer ARTHUR EDWARD WAITE (1857-1942) used to be cocreator of the recognized 1910 Rider-Waite Tarot deck. between his a number of books are e-book of Ceremonial Magic, The Holy Kabbalah, and New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry.

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I approach now the term of this inquiry, and there remains for consideration the Sword of the Graal legends, which is accounted for variously in respect of its history and is also described variously, but it is not under any romance which circumstances a Hallow of the Passion. A stands late in the cycle, so far as chronology is concerned, connects it with the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist. I have found no story in the world of relics to help us in accounting for this invention, though there are traces of a sword of St.

It may well have been a thank-offering, and this only, but I confess to a certain suspicion that, vaguely or otherwise, they had assumed its sacred character, and that its identification, not certainly with the Holy Graal, but with the dish or chalice of the Last Supper, may have begun earlier than has been so far supposed antedating, that is to 37 The Hidden Church of the Holy Graal This record is connected with the name of the author of the Golden Legend, Jacobus de Voragine, at the end of the thirteenth century.

Establish that every student, and indeed many and any who are simple readers in passing, will be aware that the first matter of the literature was, as I have said, folk-lore, as if broken of my first meat and garlic, standing for the daily bread illustration. shall see, in its proper We 18 The Roots of the House of Meaning that Celtic folk-lore Welsh, Irish and what had wonder-stories of cauldrons, dishes and gobThose who lets, as it had also of swords and lances. the and thirteenth twelfth the later in early century place, not instituted the literature of the Holy Graal being, as they were, makers of songs and endless tellers of knew well enough of these earlier traditions stories they were the heritage of the minstrel from long antecedent generations of Druids and Scalds and Bards.

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