Origins of Holy Grail and Phoenix
Academic studies and conjectures about grail romance had a limited exposure for over a century until Steven Spielberg and Dan Brown introduced the Holy Grail to popular culture and exploited its entertainment value. As a result, most scholars stay away from the subject because they could be accused of sensationalism. Thanks to their lack of courage, we can enrich this project with playful "jousts" against the academic consensus – and even knock a few experts off their "high horses".
Our interest in the grail myth was inspired in the late 1950s by the Swiss philosopher Rudolf Steiner and his followers. Wagnerian delusions, Rosslyn Chapel, Rennes-le-Château, and the lucrative cottage industry of Holy Grailers were never part of this project. However, we suppport the research of Bart Ehrman and believe that the mysteries originated when early humans began to worship "the above" because they mistook Earth for the center of the universe and thought that the Sun, Moon, and stars are circling around them. When their wisemen realized that climates are controled by the Sun and tides by the Moon, they had to assume that the stars and planets have some kind of influence as well. Over time, they seem to have noticed a 854-year cycle of cosmic radiation during certain spring equinoxes – which is either real or imagined – and interpreted it as an astrological force or a divine guidance.
We propose that Chrétien de Troyes and Wolfram von Eschenbach were initiated in this "gnosis" in spite of the consensus that the origins of grail romance remain unknown. But what if they are hidden in a Latin chronicle the experts have simply overlooked? Countless studies of Arthurian literature and grail romance have been published since the 19th century, but only our website seems to feature in the context Sant Pere de Rodes (St Peter of Rhodes), a former monastery in the Pyrenees of Spain. It was supposedly founded over a thousand years ago by some foolish clergymen from Rome who spent their entire life climbing up and down this green mountain in search of a cave where they had hidden (and lost) St Peter's skull and a vessel with some of Christ's blood!
This quest from the 7th century – which is as silly as a Monty Python sketch – returns five hundred years later as Maître Chrétien's leitmotif of the Conte du Graal. In addition to the "castrated" fisherking and "long search" for a holy vessel, other allegories in the poem lead to Catalonia as well, from Urgell to Montserrat, which suggests a greater context. Our research shows that the history of the 9th century was edited by churchmen in several chronicles to delete all references to a "grail event" in early 849 CE. However, Chrétien implies with the symbolism of the Magic Sword – because it is hidden "inside a scabbard of fancy Venetian gold brocade" – that this could pertain to an elaborate cover-up by pope Alexander III. According to the jeu de mots about an evil Alexander in the religiously themed prologue, he seems to identify the celebrated Peace of Venice in 1177 CE, which led to the Third Council of the Lateran and Alexander's condemnation of the "Cathar heresy" at the time Chrétien worked on the poem.
The second legend from this mountain, about a Venus Urania Temple, is also important because the "Greek or Arabian ornaments" on the Magic Sword's hilt bring the macrocosm into play. If we "grasp" it and pull the shiny symbol of truth, we see that Wolfram's astrological scenario and numerological code are based on Chrétien's original concept. The German poet confirms that the grail mystery originated in the Pyrenees and that its phoenix theme is based on Greek and Arabian sources, including Plato's Timaeus, Plutarch's On the Defects of Oracles, and the astronomical Tables of Toledo.
Before you double-check our provocative conjectures and investigative report from the Vatican, 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. Please keep in mind that our main writer learned English as a fourth language, which reduces our eloquence and may explain why many of our challenges of the consensus are opposed. 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 to a higher dimension? Until we find the solution – perhaps through our ESP and DNA – we have to share our findings. Whether you are an atheist or believer in intelligent design, this is an open call to send your findings to firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if you're not ready, you could support our study by referencing it in other blogs. Just don't forget to remember what 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 our medieval master predicted the fine mess we are in, thanks to Helinandus. The Holy Grail is not a magic cauldron from Celtic folklore, as widely held, because these dishes are "food for thought" and packed with 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 a completely 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 keep questioning everything!
We mentioned before that nothing is what it seems – even parchments can't be trusted, because many are penned by churchmen "under orders." Other documents were lost in fires, like those at Persepolis, Alexandria and Ripoll. Then there was the Spanish Inquisition, followed by a paper chase to every monastery by the Maurists and Bollandists to clean up the lives of saints. Until all this information is fused electronically and the lost sources restored, we must 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 they might accept some day the advice of a wise man of our era, Albert Einstein, who said that "imagination is more important than knowledge."
Because this website is set up to interact, be prepared that you are entering a complex 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 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 above connects to what happens below. As soon as you are on the right path, you'll discover that these keys can be used by believers and "infidels" because 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 a most unusual adventure!
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