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Grail Traditions in Western Esotericism
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According to most contemporary scholars, the Grail mythology in the Middle Ages was not connected to extra-Catholic esotericism, but either to a Roman Catholic eucharistic spirituality or to a literature designed for the purpose of providing (non-esoteric) entertainment. After what the Italian historian Franco Cardini called ‘the eclipse of the Grail’, the myth resurfaced in the 19th century in the Romantic literary and artistic milieu [→ Romanticism], particularly that of the composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883) and the painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-188…

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Introvigne, Massimo, “Grail Traditions in Western Esotericism”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 24 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_142>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031



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