In the Grail legends the wounding of the Fisher King in the thigh with a magical spear blasts the fertility of the land - an enchantment only to be undone by the finding of the mysterious castle where he lays and by asking him a certain question...In this exhaustively researched work on the ancient Celtic peoples of Northwest Europe John Grigsby reveals how behind this medieval tale lies the dim remembrance of a cult of human sacrifice that forms the backbone of Pagan Celtic religion. Tracing the key elements of these rites back to the time of Stonehenge, Grigsby argues they met their deaths re-enacting a divine drama rooted in the Bronze Age. And just as in the Grail legend the land could only be healed by asking the king a question - in his startling conclusion Grigsby offers convincing evidence that the victims of Celtic sacrifice were used in necromantic oracular rites - aimed to bring re-birth to the land...- John Grigsby's research begun with the archaeological evidence for ritual deaths, such as the sacrificed male found at Lindow Moss, Cheshire, and the numerous severed heads found in holy wells - He argues that the clues to why they died lies in their myths, which though fragmentary, can be restored, revealing that these victims did not die as simple offerings to appease the gods of the harvest - In this groundbreaking work, he reveals that behind the mythology there was a cult of human sacrifice. Chapters include: The Wounded King; The Green Man; The Green Knight; The Sacred Marriage; The Wild Herdsman; The Wounded Thigh; The Houses of the Dead; The Moon Bull; Tir Na N’Og; The Stoned Age; The Dance of Death; The Labyrinth; The Arya; The Dragon Slayer; The War of the Twins; Secret Rites; Ragnarok; The Fisher King; The Salmon of Wisdom; Mabon; The Opening of the Mouth; more. Imported from Britain.
WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND: A Quest for the Pagan Sacrificial Cult behind the Grail Legend, by John Grigsby. 242 pages. 6x9 Paperback. Illustrated, bibliography, and index.
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