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  •  Jesse L. Weston Ritual to Romance (2+ / 0-)

    It's the oldest of the old readings of Parsifal/Percival, and it sounds like the Met is taking her reading to heart. Given what a mishmash Wagner was, Weston's Jungian/anthopological reading is fine.

    I.e. it is the Fisher King, and he has been wounded, and the knight must face the chapel perilous to ask the question of "who does the grail serve" to restore the king, which will make the land bloom again. It is, according to Weston, an Adonis myth and an Osiris myth that gets repeated over and over again.

    The Oxbridge lads in Python studied with Bruce Mitchell. They knew their grail (and it's why all Australians are named Bruce, I think) (see Terry Jones's serious book on the middle ages which might not be the best scholarly thing, but it's not nothing).

    Everyone is innocent of some crime.

    by The Geogre on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 06:02:10 AM PST

    •  hence also, presumably, the...... (1+ / 0-)
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      ......Australian Philosopher's Sketch.  The one time that I saw it done live, to accomodate the female who was part of the touring company with Eric Idle's "Greedy Bastard Tour", one of the Bruces became Brucealine, if that's how one spells it (maybe Brucaline).

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 10:34:49 PM PST

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