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Nelson, we need to get with the program here. The Holy Grail is an invention. It turns up in works of fiction. Some of the works in question are classics, notably Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur ("The Death of Arthur," c. 1470), in which the Grail--reimagined as a symbol of mystical union with God--is the object of the prototypical knightly quest. The notion of a quest for a talisman of incomparable value still fascinates romantics (and not a few screenwriters) lo these many centuries later. But the object of the quest, to some extent then and certainly now, is little more than a McGuffin, to use Hitchcock's term--a pretext that propels the story. You might as well search for Excalibur, or for Frodo's magic ring.
A few things you need to understand about the Holy Grail. First, notwithstanding the impression you may get from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, it's not necessarily the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper. Though commonly depicted as a chalice or as the dish holding the Paschal Lamb, in some accounts it's a cauldron, a philosopher's stone, or an emerald struck from Lucifer's crown as he plunged into hell.
Originally posted by VeeTwin
I did a search here, but didn't find much. And what I found was mentions of it in a thread of a different topic.
I really like to hear theories, legends, etc. on this subject. I have seen the Discovery Channel special, and read some internet sites, but I'd like to hear some of your opinions, as well as any links or book titles you may know of.
Originally posted by GeniusSage
monty python and the holy grail = genius