The Grail

The Celtic Origins of the Sacred Icon
By (author) Jean Markale

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The Grail
The Celtic Origins of the Sacred Icon
By (author) Jean Markale

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Pages : 192

Book Size : 6 x 9

ISBN-13 : 9780892817146

Imprint : Inner Traditions

On Sale Date : April 01, 1999

Format : Paperback Book

The world's leading authority on Celtic culture takes us beneath the Christian veneer of the Grail myth to discover the ancient Celtic spiritual traditions of the Grail and its Quest.
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About The Grail


A comprehensive look at the Grail that reveals its fundamentally Celtic nature beneath layers of Christian interpretations

• Emphasizes the significance of the Quest as an archetype of spiritual seeking

• By the world's preeminent authority on Celtic civilization

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. He also examines how these myths were later used by the Knights Templar, as well as how their links with Alchemy and Catharism played a decisive role in the shaping of Western Hermetic thought. 
Table of Contents

Table of content


ONE   The Grail of Chretien De Troyes

TWO   The Franco-British Grail

THREE   The Cistercan Grail

FOUR   The Germano-Iranian Grail: Wolfram Von Eschenbach's Parzival

FIVE   The Meaning of the Quest

Index

Author Bio

Poet, philosopher, historian, and storyteller, Jean Markale has spent a lifetime researching Celtic civilizations. He is the author of more than forty books on pre-Christian societies, including The Druids, The Celts, Merlin, Women of the Celts, and King of the Celts. He lives in the Brittany region of France. 
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Book Praise

"This erudite and lucid work is an engaging and fascinating book. [It] provides a healthy dose of academic rigor and clarity to an area of study often expoited by pop-metaphysics authors."

Leni Austine, Pangaia



"There is no better spokesman for the ancient Celts than Jean Markale."

Andre Breton



“This is an important work on the Grail mythology. Emphasizing literary and symbolic studies, the author shows a very strong knowledge of early myth and legend and helps restore the Grail mythos to its original role as an icon of the process of initiation, rather than as a historical anomaly.”
Robert Burns, New Dawn, May-June 2005
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MYTHOLOGY / CELTIC STUDIES

"There is no better spokesman for the ancient Celts than Jean Markale.”
--André Breton

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. He also examines how these myths were later used by the Knights Templar, as well as how their links with Alchemy and Catharism played a decisive role in the shaping of Western Hermetic thought.

Poet, philosopher, historian, and storyteller, JEAN MARKALE has spent a lifetime researching Celtic civilizations. He is the author of more than forty books on pre-Christian societies, including The Druids, The Celts, Merlin, Women of the Celts, and King of the Celts. He lives in the Brittany region of France.

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