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The Holy Grail (Pocket Essential series) (edition 2005)

by Giles Morgan

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Title:The Holy Grail (Pocket Essential series)
Authors:Giles Morgan
Info:Pocket Essentials (2005), [Fourth printing,] Hardcover, 160 pages
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Sveti Gral je odvajkada plenio pažnju kao jedna od najtajanstvenijih relikvija svih vremena. Objašnjavajući samu prirodu priče o Gralu ova knjiga nudi prosvetljujući uvid u gralske misterije, pomno ih prateći od keltskog paganizma do pojave i prevlasti hrišćanstva u zapadnoj Evropi. Uticaj istočnjačkog misticizma javlja se u gralskim romansama kao posledica srednjevekovnih krstaških pohoda prilikom kojih je došlo do snažnog sudara kultura i međusobne razmene ideja dvaju civilizacija.
U današnje vreme, kada interesovanje za Gral kao simbol vrhunskog postignuća sve više raste, na svetlost dana ponovo izlaze dela velikana poput psihologa K.G. Junga i pesnika T.S. Eliota, nadahnuta svetim Gralom. Takođe, Rihard Vagner, Vilijam Blejk, prerafaeliti, jesu samo neki od umetnika koji su bili opčinjeni tajnom koja je oličena u svetoj posudi. U uvodu ove knjige Džil Morgan tvrdi: „Uprkos svim njegovim slikovitim osobinama, u pogledu svetog Grala uvek ostaje nešto suštinski neuhvatljivo. Kada joj se približe tragalac, vizionar ili naprosto radoznalac, ova zagonetka obavijena tajnom izgleda kao da povremeno izmiče van domašaja razumevanja. Iako na prvi pogled prepoznatljiva, kao što su to i likovi kralja Artura, Merlina i vitezova okruglog stola, sa kojima se, uostalom, i poistovećuje, ona smesta osujećuje očekivanja i težnje ka podrobnijoj analizi. Koreni predanja o Gralu mogu se naći u davnoj prošlosti Zapada, ali se isto tako može videti da ono sadrži elemente istočne mistike. Sa svoje strane, Gral je bio predmet poštovanja, posvećenosti, žudnje, kao i moćno oruđe političke i verske propagande.”
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Pocket Essentials is a dynamic series of books that are concise, lively, and easy to read. Packed with facts as well as expert opinions, each book has all the key information you need to know about such popular topics as film, television, cult fiction, history, and more. Through its various guises as magic cauldron, cornucopia, and chalice cup, the Holy Grail has remained at the center of popular culture since antiquity. Charting the story of the Grail offers a revealing insight into the cultural shift from Celtic paganism to the emergence and domination of Christianity in Western Europe; the influence of Eastern mysticism emerges in the Grail romances as a result of the medieval crusades, with its clash of cultures and subsequent cross-pollination of ideas. Finally, the Grail has come to symbolize the ultimate achievement in the modern mind, and Carl Jung, T.S. Eliot, Richard Wagner, William Blake, and the Pre-Raphaelites are just some of those who have fallen under its enduring spell.

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Offers a revealing insight into the cultural shift from Celtic paganism to the emergence of Christianity. The influence of Eastern mysticism emerges in the Grail romances as a result of the medieval crusades with its clash of cultures and subsequent cross-pollination of ideas. The Grail has come to symbolize the ultimate achievement.… (more)

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