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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

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842930588
ISBN-10: 1842930583
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Watkins Publishing
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publish Date: 31-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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