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From Ritual To Romance

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Acknowledged by T. S. Eliot as crucial to understanding "The Waste Land," Jessie Weston's book has continued to attract readers interested in ancient religion, myth, and especially Arthurian legend. Weston examines the saga of the Grail, which, in many versions, begins when the wounded king of a famished land sees a procession of objects including a bleeding lance and a bejewelled cup. She maintains that all versions defy uniform applications of Celtic and Christian interpretations, and explores the legend's Gnostic roots.

Drawing from J. G. Frazer, who studied ancient nature cults that associated the physical condition of the king with the productivity of the land, Weston considers how the legend of the Grail related to fertility rites--with the lance and the cup serving as sexual symbols. She traces its origins to a Gnostic text that served as a link between ancient vegetation cults and the Celts and Christians who embellished the story. Conceiving of the Grail saga as a literary outgrowth of ancient ritual, she seeks a Gnostic Christian interpretation that unites the quest for fertility with the striving for mystical oneness with God.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Acknowledged by T. S. Eliot as crucial to understanding 'The Waste Land, ' Jessie Weston's book has continued to attract readers interested in ancient religion, myth, and especially Arthurian legend. Here she reinterprets the saga of the Grail by exploring the legend's Gnostic roots.

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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691021072
Editor:
Segal, Robert A.
Author:
Segal, Robert A.
Author:
Weston, Jessie L.
Author:
Weston, Jessie Laidlay
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History, criticism and surveys
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Mythology
Subject:
Grail
Subject:
Romances
Subject:
Romances -- History and criticism.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Mind, Body & Spirit
Subject:
European History
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Mythology
Subject:
Legends
Subject:
Grail -- Legends -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Mythology-General
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology
Series Volume:
no. 1
Publication Date:
April 1993
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 9 oz

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Product details 256 pages Princeton University Press - English 9780691021072 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , Acknowledged by T. S. Eliot as crucial to understanding 'The Waste Land, ' Jessie Weston's book has continued to attract readers interested in ancient religion, myth, and especially Arthurian legend. Here she reinterprets the saga of the Grail by exploring the legend's Gnostic roots.
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