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From Ritual to Romance
     

From Ritual to Romance

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by Jessie L. Weston, Weston
 

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Acknowledged by T. S. Eliot as one of the chief sources for his great poem "The Waste Land," Jessie L. Weston's From Ritual to Romance remains a landmark of anthropological and mythological scholarship. In this book she explores the origins of the Grail legend, arguing that it dates back to a primitive vegetation cult and only later was shaped by Celtic and

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Acknowledged by T. S. Eliot as one of the chief sources for his great poem "The Waste Land," Jessie L. Weston's From Ritual to Romance remains a landmark of anthropological and mythological scholarship. In this book she explores the origins of the Grail legend, arguing that it dates back to a primitive vegetation cult and only later was shaped by Celtic and Christian lore.
To prove her thesis, Weston unites folkloric and Christian elements by using printed texts to prove the parallels existing between each and every feature of the legend of the Holy Grail and the recorded symbolism of the ancient mystery cults. Specifically, she finds the origin of the Grail legend in a Gnostic text that served as a link between such cults and later Celtic and Christian elaborations of the myth.
With erudition and critical acumen, the author provides illuminating insights into diverse aspects of the legend: the task of the hero; the freeing of the waters; medieval and modern forms of nature ritual; the symbols of the cult (cup, lance, sword, stone, etc.); the symbolism of the fisher king; the significance of such deities as Tammuz, Adonis, Mithra, and Attis; the meaning of the adventure of the Perilous Chapel in Grail romances; and much more.
Awarded the Crawshay Prize in 1920, this scholarly yet highly readable study will interest any student of the Arthurian legends, mythology, ancient religion, and Eliot's poetry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486296807
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
11/02/2011
Edition description:
DOVER
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
943,725
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.45(d)

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From Ritual to Romance (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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From Ritual to Romance is an indispensable work for those who read both the Golden Bough and T.S. Eliot. It clearly presents the mystery and evidence for the 'land and the king' being one. Consequently movie buffs will find it intriguing that it is one of the books that Colonel Kurtz has by his bedside in the film Apocalypse Now, right under the Golden Bough! (And he reads Eliot aloud too in the film)