Part of this apocryphal medieval legend linked Jesus to Arthurian mythos through Joseph of Arimathea, the man responsible for Jesus’ burial in the Gospels. In the legend, Joseph of Arimathea appeared in Britain as a tin merchant and was the first keeper of the Holy Grail. The Grail itself can be viewed as a Christian symbol as the Cup of Christ, but also as a Pagan symbol derived and adapted from supernatural Cauldrons present in Celtic mythology. In the legend, Joseph of Arimathea was a sort of patron or foster father to young Jesus, when Jesus appeared in Britain.
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unknown_years_of_Jesus#Claims_of_young_Jesus_in_Britain )
The idea of the presence of Jesus in Celtic Britain and the fusion of Christian elements and Pagan elements in Arthuriana has always sparked my imagination. I have for a long time been an enthusiast of Medieval material in general and Arthurian matter in particular. The unique fusion of Christian and Celtic motifs and symbols in Arthurian legend has always inspired me. Some people have suggested that the Arthurian Legend provides a context for a sort of Celtic Christian Mystery Religion. It has also sparked in me a desire to understand pre-Christian Celtic Mythology as well, which has led me to look at the Celtic Recon stuff more closely also.
Anyway, I just wanted to post a bit about this topic since it has been a part of my background for a long time. I am assuming that many people here might be familiar with all of this, so I would welcome any comments or insights on the subject. The legendary connection between Christ, the Grail, and Arthur means something to me.
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