Parzifal and The Grail Legend

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Post by Villemar » Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am

Does anyone know if there are any other good Joseph Campbell resources on this topic besides Creative Mythology or the delighful Western Quest series of tapes? I'd love to delve deeper into this Occidental lore and its symbology.
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Post by Villemar » Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am

Well, there are the source materials themselves. I'm reading Chretien de Troyes first depiction of Parcifal and the Grail legend. It's interesting to follow the Celtic roots of the story. Don't worry, I'm not a Davinci Code/Holy Blood Holy Grail freak! <IMG SRC="/forum/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif">
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Post by A J » Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am

Try Campbell's Flight of the Wild Gander.

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Post by Martin_Weyers » Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am

Fine recommendation, AJ! I enjoyed the closing chapter of Flight of the Wild Gander ("The Secularization of the Sacred") myself, because it illustrates the European tradition in relation to Campbell's criticism of monotheism.

Some Non-Campbell books about the Grail stories, I have enjoyed too:

The Holy Grail by Malcolm Godwin (Great introduction with lots of illustrations)

The Grail Legend by Emma Jung (C.G. Jungs wife - Jungian interpretations)

The Holy Grail. Imagination and Belief by Richard Barber (historical viewpoint, rather sceptical against so-called New Age interpretations)

Maybe you will also enjoy the books of Caitlin and John Matthews. They are creating (or restoring?) a Western path - exactly the kind of stuff Barber is sceptical about. But you know, Campbell has been criticized in a similiar way. So it depends on your own interests: Are you interested rather in the historical or psychological aspects?
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