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In his book The Spear of Destiny Trevor Ravenscroft tells the history of the Lance of Longinus the spear that pierced the side of Christ as he hung from the cross He traces this spear through history and shows it to have been in the possession of some of the most influential people in history His teacher was Walter Stein and so much of the book concentrates on Hitler and his obsession with this object In this book the Grail is presented as the knowledge to use this spear in some supernatural way No evidence is presented and no cross-referencing of any of the other literature available It is simply stated Ravenscroft claims that there are two ways to achieve this knowledge Either through the use of black arts or by a much harder route of learning the abcs of magic These particular quotes are from the introduction to Wolfram Von Eschenbachs Parzival Once this knowledge is obtained some power that is present in the spear can be used for good or evil The use is determined by the method that the user gained the knowledge of the Grail The nature of the Grail within a specific text is difficult to decipher However when one considers more than one literary piece the Grails nature becomes confused conflicting and seemingly irreconcilable Perhaps we should ask what Cretien de Troyes meant by the Graal Unfortunately this question appears unanswerable as we only have one document and that unfinished for answers There can be little doubt that the Grail is an elusive idea It has taken and will continue to take many different forms in many peoples minds The Holy Grail and its quest is a legend that has had a powerful impact on our civilization and culture The Grail itself is an ancient Celtic symbol of plenty as well as a Christian symbol of redemption and eternal life the chalice that caught the blood of the crucified
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