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Author: John Grigsby
ISBN: 1842930583
Language: English
Pages: 320 pages
Category: World
Publisher: Watkins Publishing Limited (March 25, 2003)
Rating: 4.9
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Warriors of the Wasteland book. A mystery unveiled On this book, the reknown legend of The Grail and the Fisher King is revisited with a new view, focusing on details that reveal a sort of agricultural ancient ritual within it. John Grigsby will embark on a long journey to recover vital pieces to establish a plaussible thesis that explains the rise and fall of the Celtic Religion and how it was influenced by ancient beliefs based on a Earth Goddess and his son-lover, a Lunar God that cyclily dies and rises from death.

of a cult of human sacrifice that forms the backbone of pagan Celtic religion.

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Warriors of the wasteland. A quest for the pagan sacrificial cult behind the Grail legends. a quest for the sacrificial cult behind the Grail legends. Published 2003 by Watkins in London. Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-230) and index.

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John Grigsby, featured Author of the Month at GrahamHancock Initially my quest had not involved the Grail at all. I had become interested in Celtic myth as a teenager and had become fascinated by .

John Grigsby, featured Author of the Month at GrahamHancock. com for March 2003, is the Author of Warriors of the Wasteland. The Grail legends, I argue, were in fact derived from a native British rite of rebirth centred on a Celtic ‘godman’ figure that in later legend is known as the Wounded King. Initially my quest had not involved the Grail at all. I had become interested in Celtic myth as a teenager and had become fascinated by a newly discovered Iron Age body found miraculously preserved in a peat bog at Lindow Moss in Cheshire.

The development of the Grail legend has been traced in detail by cultural historians: It is a legend which first came . Grigsby, John (2003). Warriors of the Wasteland: A Quest for the Pagan Sacrificial Cult Behind the Grail Legends". London: Duncan Baird Publishers.

The development of the Grail legend has been traced in detail by cultural historians: It is a legend which first came together in the form of written romances, deriving perhaps from some pre-Christian folklore hints, in the later 12th and early 13th centuries. The early Grail romances centered on Percival and were woven into the more general Arthurian fabric. Some of the Grail legend is interwoven with legends of the Holy Chalice.

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In this exhaustively researched work John Grigsby reveals how behing this medieval tale lies the dim remembrance of a cult of human sacrifice that forms the backbone of Pagan Celtic religion.
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Kare
Many years ago, W.Y. Evans-Wentz theorized that the ancient Celts may have held mystery rites, similar to those of the Greek Eleusis, in which they made a visionary journey to the lands of the dead. John Grigsby's fascinating book, to me, is the fulfillment of that theory. With archaeological and mythological evidence in abundance, Grigsby puts together a theory of what such mysteries might have been like.
He begins by wondering why the Celts practiced occasional human sacrifice. This is often a divisive issue. There are two general ideas about Celtic human sacrifice. One is that the Celtic lands were drenched in sacrificial blood and lit constantly by the fires of burning wicker cages full of unwilling victims. The other is that the Celts were peaceful tree-huggers who wouldn't hurt a fly. It's most likely that the truth is in the middle, and it's this middle road that Grigsby takes. His theory is that *in general* Druidic rituals involved either metaphorical deaths a la Eleusis, or animal sacrifice, but occasionally when severe problems cropped up, a human being consented to be a "bridge" between the living and the dead. To die, basically, so that his people could call his spirit back and ask it questions about what it had seen on the other side.
He gathers evidence from anywhere he can get it. The victims were sometimes painted green--so he goes to the myths and looks at the Green Knight story. They often had traces of the poisonous, hallucinogenic fungus ergot in their stomachs--so he makes comparisons to the Greek mysteries, where ergot in small doses may have facilitated the visions seen by the initiates. He looks at the stoneworks of the earlier peoples of Britain, since they may have been related to an earlier form of the cult. What emerges is a tantalizing speculation about Celtic/Druidic religion. I couldn't put it down--Grigsby has enough hard evidence to appeal to my left brain but also has the gift of interesting prose, to satisfy the right half. If Robert Graves had made coherent sense, he might have written this book.
PanshyR
Answers questions first raised when I was a lowly English Major in college. SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT was a puzzle that wouldn't go away, and I understood it was a sacrificial rite, but I couldn't convince the professor who thought the poem was proof that Christianity had triumphed over the old ways. This book is everything I could have hoped for...and more. Like a wormhole in a hill, each chapter takes you down fractal paths of insight and intuition that makes clear, logical SENSE. This is the first book of his I have read. It will NOT be the last!
Xisyaco
After I read John Grigsby's BEOWULF AND GRENDEL,which I thoroughly enjoyed, I thought I would check out his other book. As a person who loves the Arthurian legend and related topics, this book is a must for background material regarding the history and mythology which led to the "grail" stories. The universal themes played out in the search for the grail stories, whether it is Arthur and his knights, The Da Vinci Code, or Indiana Jones, are a source of fascination to me and John's book lends serious archeology and known or suspected reality to it. I highly recommend his books to folks interested in the Grail legend!