How to find the Holy Grail
The experts agree that the origins of grail romance are still a mystery. But what if they are hidden in a chronicle our scholars have overlooked? Countless studies of Arthurian literature and the grail myth were published since the 19th century, yet none reference "Sant Pere de Rodes" (St Peter of Rhodes), a Benedictine monastery in the Pyrenees! It was allegedly founded over a thousand years ago because some foolish clergymen from Rome had searched their entire lives for holy relics they had lost in these mountains, incl. the skull and crossbones of St Peter and a vessel with Christ's blood.
This tale from the 7th century – a bit like a Monty Python sketch – reappears five hundred years later as the leitmotiv of Chrétien's poem who confirms it as a source of grail romance. In addition to the "maimed" Fisherking and "Holy Grail" many allegories in his story make allusions to Catalonia, from Urgell to Montserrat, that there is a greater context to consider: Certain events in the 9th century seem to have been rewritten in three monastic chronicles to eliminate any reference to the grail. Chrétien's symbolism of the Magic Sword, which is hidden inside a scabbard of fancy Venetian gold brocade, suggests an elaborate cover-up by pope Alexander III after the Peace of Venice in 1177 CE, the period when the poem was created.
When we add the second legend from the Pyrenees, about an ancient Temple of Venus, the Greek ornaments on the sword's hilt bring the macrocosm into play. Once we "grasp" its magic and pull out the blade of truth, the numerological structure of Wolfram's poem Parzival and his expansion of Chrétien's cosmic concept confirm that grail romance was born at this monastery and is based on Plato's krater, a "divine mixing bowl", and Hesiod's phoenix myth.
Before you study these provocative claims and check our sources, we suggest you read the above INFO to find out where the legends take us, and FAQ as a preview of the diverse opinions we have to deal with. As you read this please keep in mind that this writer learned English as a fourth language, which reduces his eloquence and is one of the reasons why our challenges of the academic consensus will face substantial opposition! But whoever you are and wherever your location on this globe might be, wouldn't you also like to know if we are merely the dominant species on an irrelevant planet or linked somehow to a higher dimension? Whether you are an atheist or a believer in 'intelligent design', this is an open call for you all to send ideas, suggestions and corrections to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please share this study on other blogs with a reference to our site and remember that Wolfram said:
The grail provides anything we reach for,
old and new food, hot and cold food,
of tame animals and of game.
It seems the medieval master predicted the fine mess we are in, thanks to Helinandus et al. The grail is not a magic cauldron from Celtic folklore, as widely held, because these dishes are "food for thought" and packed with ancient symbolism! To understand their higher meaning, Wolfram advises us to renew the wisdom of Plato and the Sibyl, honor Pythagoras as the wisest man since Adam, ignore what we were ever taught and conduct this quest with an open mind – just like a fool! To make sure only fools join in, he swears that the above is true, but on our oath – not his. If this doesn't deter you, please study carefully what you discover behind the grailgate and question everything! Nothing is what it seems – even ancient parchments can't be trusted because some were penned by pious men "under orders".
Other documents were lost in fires – like those at Alexandria and Ripoll. Then there was the infamous Spanish Inquisition, followed by a paper chase to every important monastery by Maurists and Bollandists to clean up the lives of their saints. Until every bit of information is fused electronically and the lost sources are restored, we have to follow Pythagoras beyond interdisciplinary research and use our imagination to connect the 'dots'. Most historians reject this approach although it stops them from asking the right questions, but some day soon they may accept the advice of a wise man of our era, Albert Einstein, who said "imagination is more important than knowledge".
Be also prepared that regions of this website are like a labyrinth where you can't skip to the end for the conclusions. This can be done with books, if you want to ruin the experience, but not here! Vital information is hidden in the most unexpected places, and you'll find it only if you advance thoughtfully step by step as you collect the keys to the mystery. They are like the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven, Peter's keys if you will, because the dictum is true that what happens below connects to what happens above. As soon as you are on the right path, you'll find out that these keys can be used by believers and "infidels" as they open the mind to a cosmic dimension that transcends our religious doctrines. So, hold on to your hat, helmet, beret, miter, kufiya, turban, fez or yamaka – and get set for the ultimate adventure!
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