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Below are a small selection of books that will give you a background in understanding some of the mysteries surrounding the San Graal, or Holy Grail. In all celtic lands there are Holy Grail, San Graal or St. Greal traditions, and more often than not these are interwoven with tales of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

Some traditions maintain that the Holy Grail was the cup, or chalice of the 'last supper' story in the new testament of the christian Bible. Others maintain that the san graal was the Cauldron of Caridwen of the ancient Welsh tradition, and that these had been christianised, and deliberately mystified, in order to break the link with the ancient druidic traditions and rituals that were still in daily practice well into medieval times - practices that the christian church in it's many manifestations were very determined to stamp out.

Seen as a challenge to the 'authority' of the christian church, the suppression of the 'old ways' resulted in the appalling brutality of the 'witchcraft' hysteria that historical records tell us was whipped up by catholic and protestant priests alike - hysteria which culminated in the 'burning at the stake' of countless unfortunate souls over many centuries in many lands. What has been uncovered in more recent times about the grail is that numerous 'secret societies' and 'orders of fraternity' have existed at various periods throughout the past 1500 years, each claiming to be the rightful 'guardians of the grail', and each claiming some form of 'divine authority'.

The Morien Institute takes the simple view that the various grail legends most likely originate within the bodies of ancient knowledge that were passed down through the generations in oral traditions in the celtic lands. That in line with common practice they were 'encoded' in the form of stories, or riddle-poems, and that what survives today is an odd mixture of these interwoven with half-forgotten historial facts that have been corrupted with the passage of time.

To suit the purposes of a christian priesthood of dubious integrity wishing to attract devout but gullible pilgrims to various shrines, many grail legends were embelished, and 'localised' in areas such as the town of Glastonbury in south-west England, where the false claim of the grave of King Arthur still persists to this day.

 

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"Twenty-First Century Grail: The Quest for a Legend"
by Andrew Collins


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"Collins - author of cult classic such as "The Black Alchemist" and "The Seventh Sword" - cites good historical evidence to show that there is scant proof that the Grail has anything to do with King Arthur, and that John the Evangelist and not Joseph of Arimathea was its first bearer. Moreover he suggests that John and Mary Magdalene were sometimes viewed as a single androgynous figure by Gnostic Christians, and by the renaissance painters such as Leonardo da Vinci. Indeed, Collins now considers that the teachings of John's followers, so prized by the Cathars, the Kights Templar and much later Freemasons and Templar revivalists, were the original sources behind the Grail romances."

 

"The Grail: The Celtic Origins of the Sacred Icon" by Jean Markale

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"The Grail has long excited the imaginations of those seeking to see beyond the world of appearances. No other sacred object has inspired such longing or such dread. The Grail is the archetype of the marvelous object in which each individual can enclose the goal of his own personal quest. For some the goal of this quest has been divine grace or the Philosophers' Stone, for others it is simply a treasure that connects various episodes of the King Arthur legend. Yet the Grail, as an object that is both close and unapproachable, was not the original focus of these stories. The Celtic tales on which the Grail legend is based emphasize the theme of the Quest. Through his exploration of several versions of this myth that appeared in the Middle Ages, Jean Markale digs deep beneath the Christian veneer of these tales, allowing us to penetrate to the true meaning of the Grail and its Quest, legacies of a rich Celtic spirituality that has nourished the Western psyche for centuries."

 

"The Labyrinth of the Grail" by William F. Mann

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"The link between the Knights Templars, Freemasonry, and the descendants of the House of David has always intrigued readers and searchers for the truth behind the Grail mysteries. In his book, The Labyrinth of the Grail, Canadian author William F. Mann gives other searchers the keys to unlock these mysteries. When the author was a child a secret was revealed to him by his late uncle, a Grand Master of the Knights Templar of Canada. Only after years of study, observation and research, was the author able to understand this secret. Now he had used it to uncover what he believes to be evidence of a Templar settlement in Nova Scotia. He has also collected evidence that verifies the significance of Prince Henry Sinclairs epic voyage in 1399 from Orkney to the New World. By combining studies of Freemasonry and Templar history with Grail legends, classical mythology and sacred geometry, William Mann has assimilated hidden clues that point to the mysterious nature of the Holy Grail, the Holy Bloodline and the Knights Templar in Nova Scotia."

 

"The Grail: From Celtic Myth to Christian Symbol" by Roger Sherman Loomis

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"The medieval legend of the Grail, a tale about the search for supreme mystical experience, has never ceased to intrigue writers and scholars by its wildly variegated forms: the settings have ranged from Britain to the Punjab to the Temple of Zeus at Dodona; the Grail itself has been described as the chalice used by Christ at the Last Supper, a stone with miraculous youth-preserving virtues, a vessel containing a man's head swimming in blood; the Grail has been kept in a castle by a beautiful damsel, seen floating through the air in Arthur's palace, and used as a talisman in the East to distinguish the chaste from the unchaste. In his classic exploration of the obscurities and contradictions in the major versions of this legend, Roger Sherman Loomis shows how the Grail, once a Celtic vessel of plenty, evolved into the Christian Grail with miraculous powers."

 

"The Woman With the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail" by Margaret Starbird

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"I am very impressed with Margaret Starbird's scholarly work in her book "The Woman with the Alabaster Jar". It tells the story of the lost Bride and provides strong evidence for the sacred marriage at the heart of Christianity, that of Jesus and Mary Magdalen. It is significant that all four Gospels record the anointing of Jesus by a woman with an alabaster jar of aromatic nard. In middle-eastern liturgical practices surrounding the ancient rites of the "sacred marriage" the anointing of the sacrificed bridegroom/king was a sacred ceremony reserved to his bride. The Gospel narratives describe the pre-nuptial anointing of Jesus by the woman with the alabaster jar and contain other elements from this ancient ritual."

 

"Holy Blood, Holy Grail" by Michael Baigent, Henry Lincoln & Richard Leigh

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"Michael Baigent, Henry Lincoln, and Richard Leigh, authors of The Messianic Legacy, spent over 10 years on their own kind of quest for the Holy Grail, into the secretive history of early France. What they found, researched with the tenacity and attention to detail that befits any great quest, is a tangled and intricate story of politics and faith that reads like a mystery novel. It is the story of the Knights Templar, and a behind-the-scenes society called the Prieure de Sion, and its involvement in reinstating descendants of the Merovingian bloodline into political power. Why? The authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail assert that their explorations into early history ultimately reveal that Jesus may not have died on the cross, but lived to marry and father children whose bloodline continues today."

 

"The Mystery of the Grail: Initiation and Magic in the Quest for the Spirit" by Julius Evola & Guido Stucco

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"This book makes it clear that certain historical personages incarnate upon Earth when a certain civilisation is in its death-throes in order to bring about a rebirth to new form. This is contained in the mystical concept of "Holy Blood" where the "Grail" is a series of tests for the Warrior-Initiate to undertake in order to take up a given Divine Destiny to prepare the way for a New Order of Being out of the death of an Old Order. History affords instances of where, at the fall of any civilisation, a number of Initiates arise to prepare the way for the "Future King" (An Avatara) who will sweep away the old & build the new from its ruins. This can be seen in Evola's work, even where, perhaps, this is not consciously shown. The fact that this is a Hyperborean or Thulean Mystery is of paramount importance. This relates to the coming of an Avatara who brings Order out of an Age of Chaos - we find ourselves in this era today!"

 

"Rosslyn: Guardian of the Secrets of the Holy Grail" by Tim Wallace-Murphy & Marilyn Hopkins

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"It is said that Rosslyn Chapel is the last resting place of the Holy Grail and that the fabulous treasure is buried in its secret vaults. This text is the story of this mysterious chapel in Scotland, taking the reader on a voyage of discovery. this is the first book to explore the existence of a configuration of sevene pre-Christian sites which formed the route of a pilgrimage of initiation used by Druids, Knights Templar and Christian Mystics in their search for true knowledge and enlightenment. Beginning at Compostela in Spain, the voyage of discovery proceeds to Tolouse, Orleans, Chartres, Paris and Amiens, taking us deep into a mysterious world where hidden streams of spirituality flow beneath the surface of European history, profoundly influencing the evolution of Western thought."

 

"The Grail Legend" by Emma Jung & Marie-Louise Von Franz

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"The Holy Grail and its quest is a legend that has had a powerful impact on our civilization and culture. The Grail itself is an ancient Celtic symbol of plenty as well as a Christian symbol of redemption and eternal life, the chalice that caught the blood of the crucified Christ. The story of the Grail sheds profound light on man's search for the supreme value of life, for that which makes life most meaningful. Writing in a clear and readable style, two leading women of the Jungian school of psychology present this legend as a living myth that is profoundly relevant to modern life. We encounter such universal figures as the Fool (the naive young Perceval), the Wise Old Man (the Hermit Gornemanz), the Virgin Maiden (Blancheflor), the Loathly Damsel, and such important themes as the Waste Land, the Trinity, and the vessel of the Grail."

 

"High History of the Holy Grail (1866)" by Sebastian Evans (Editor)

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"1866. A romance translated from the first volume of Perceval le Gallois ou le conte du Graal. A genuine translation of the original story of Sir Perceval and his search for the Holy Grail. It is a book for all those who love to read of King Arthur and his knights of the round table."

 

"From Ritual to Romance" by Jessie L. Weston

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"Landmark of anthropological and mythological scholarship explores Grail legend, uniting its folkloric and Christian elements by using printed texts to prove the parallels existing between each and every feature of the legend of the Holy Grail and the recorded symbolism of ancient Mystery cults. Acknowledged by T. S. Eliot as major source for The Waste Land. This analysis of ancient religion and myth concentrates on the Arthurian legend, considering how the legend of the Grail is related to fertility rites. The author traces its origins to a Gnostic text that served as a link between ancient vegetation cults and the Celtic and Christian religions."

 

"In Search of the Holy Grail and the Precious Blood: A Travellers' Guide" by Deike Begg & Ean Begg

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"The search for the Grail has inspired artists and mystics for hundreds of years. Many churches and cathedrals were built on sites that claimed their part in this sacred mystery. The Holy Grail symbolizes romance, adventure and pilgrimage in the West. This is a guide to the sites, the relics and the legends. A comprehensive guide to the sites and legends associated with the mythic quest for the holy grail and other religious relics in Britain and throughout Europe."

"Quest for the Grail - The Western Path"

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"Merlin, Arthur & the Holy Grail"

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"Journey's Of The Grail"

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"Legends Of The Isles - Merlin The Wizard/The Holy Grail/Stonehenge"

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"The Legend of King Arthur - In Search of Merlin"

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"Biography: King Arthur - His Life and Legends"

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"Biography: Mary Magdalene - The Hidden Apostle"

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