The Holy Grail Story

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What is the Holy Grail story? The Holy Grail story is widely known and has many books and stories based upon it. The saga of the Holy Grail has been told and retold in various cultures and languages for hundreds of years. The Holy Grail has been believed by many to be a chalice, while others believe that the Holy Grail is a woman, more specifically Mary Magdalene. Likewise, there is a controversy of whether or not Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene; who supposedly carried the royal bloodline. Additionally, there are various thoughts about who is seated next to Jesus at The Last Supper painted by Leonardo Da Vinci. The Bible and The Da Vinci Code both retell the Holy Grail story differently from one another, demonstrating that history is single-sided,…show more content…
According to the Bible, the Holy Grail is considered to be a chalice. First of all, the chalice, also known as The Cup of Christ, is “the cup that Jesus drank from at the Last Supper and with which Joseph of Arimathea later caught His blood at the crucifixion” (171). Therefore, the Holy Grail—the chalice—is a historically authentic object which serves as an important symbol for Christianity. On the contrary, The Da Vinci Code portrays the Holy Grail not as an object but rather a woman; Mary Magdalene. In the book, “they claim the Grail Legend—that of a chalice—is actually an ingeniously conceived allegory. That the Grail story uses the chalice as a metaphor for something else, something far more powerful” (171). Thus, resulting in the belief of the Holy Grail being “a legend about royal blood... ‘the chalice that held the blood of Christ’ [speaks] of Mary Magdalene—the female womb that carried Jesus’ royal bloodline” (260). For this reason, Mary Magdalene is considered the Holy…show more content…
While the Bible believes the Holy Grail is a chalice, Jesus is not married, and seated next to Jesus is John, The Da Vinci Code concludes the Holy Grail is Mary Magdalene, Jesus is a husband and father, and next to Him at the Last Supper is Mary Magdalene. Nevertheless, both stories provide with interesting content about the mysterious Holy Grail. So which story is the true story? Although there are many disparate beliefs of what the Holy Grail is, there may or may not be a completely accurate story. Perspective often alters one’s opinions, much like an optical illusion appears to show only one image, but everyone sees a different picture from each
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