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    DescriptionIn 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 fragmentary, can be restored, revealing that these victims did not die as simple offerings to appease the gods of the harvest - In this groundbreaking work, he reveals that behind the mythology there was a cult of human sacrifice.

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    Warriors of the Wasteland
    A Quest for the Pagan Sacrificial Cult Behind the Grail Legends
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Grigsby
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 233 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 445 g
    ISBN 13: 9781842930588
    ISBN 10: 1842930583

    BIC E4L: CUS
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T10.5
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    BIC subject category V2: JFHF
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    BIC subject category V2: HRKP2
    DC21: 299.16
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010, HIS002000
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    BISAC V2.8: REL033000
    Thema V1.0: JBGB, QRST
    Illustrations note
    32 b&w photographs, maps
    Watkins Publishing
    Imprint name
    Watkins Publishing
    Publication date
    01 March 2003
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