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View Diary: SNLC, Vol. CCCLXIV / SN@TO 16: Parsifal Edition (81 comments)

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  •  joseph campbell (3+ / 0-)

    is the best i have read, or heard actually, at explaining the parsifal story. its 12th century. when the church is in real decay, but holds the entire culture. the fisher king, the pope, is wounded, impotent. the wasteland is what is, but not what should be. campbell also discusses the complex history of the legends to that point. wolfram von essebach is the version he loves the most.

    i have heard it on audio, absolutely spellbinding.

    it was shut down by the church because it absolutely was a criticism.

    "it would be a disgrace to embark on an adventure and enter the forest on a known path."

    war is immoral. both parties are now fully complicit in the wars. bring everyone home. get to work.

    by just want to comment on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 06:55:02 AM PST

    •  I know the name Wolfram von Eschenbach, but..... (0+ / 0-)

      .....haven't really read much in the way of the pre-medieval German myths and legends.  Have read a version (Penguin Classics) of the Nibelungenlied, which is a far cry from Wagner's Ring, of course, but that's it.

      "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 10:42:10 PM PST

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