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Knights Templar Grail

There have been books written and movies made about the connection of the Knights Templar Grail. Some believe one of their jobs was to protect the Holy Grail. Over the years, these stories have been shrouded in misinformation and mystery and it is hard to figure out what the facts really are. Following are stories and theories about the Knights Templar, the Holy Grail, and what happened to both.

Knights Templar Grail

You can't discuss Knights Templar Grail without mentioning the legend of King Arthur and the mysteries surrounding the Holy Grail. Here is an overview and some opinions about these stories.

  • The legend of King Arthur changed over the years and was retold by each royal family. Because of these changes, some people believe that the story of King Arthur is simply a metaphorical story about politics and the royal family with hidden meanings and statements.
  • The Grail has been described as a chalice, a stone, a collection of lost teachings, and a machine that transforms energy. That is why many people think it is not real but a metaphor for a difficult task.
  • Some people believe the stories about the Grail are also just stories made up by the Templar to pass on teachings to other knights that would not be labeled as heresy. It is thought by some that the Templar disagreed with some of the teachings of the Church. Joseph of Arimathea was the bearer of the Grail and that shows a line of different teachings that could reference a sect of Christianity that would suggest the Grail is a metaphor. So the story of the Knights Templar Grail could indicate that the Templar were following different religious teachings than those of the Vatican.

The Holy Grail and Religion

The Holy Grail is described as the cup that Jesus drank from during the Last Supper. Joseph of Arimathea had it and collected some of the blood of Jesus in it and journeyed to Britain. It was passed down to his descendants. The original story did not include King Arthur but was added later by Geoffrey of Monmouth. He claimed he had seen scrolls that talked about this but there is no proof, although there is proof of a connection between him and one of the original nine Templar.

The Templar have also said that they own secret scrolls of lost teachings of Christ. Another connection can be found in the fact that, when Arthur died, he was carried to Avalon, "a perfect land that lay over the great sea to the west". This quote is found in other areas associated with the Templar and references writings of the Essenes. The Essenes were a group that was separate from the Pharisees and they believed that when you died, you traveled to the west over an ocean to a land where there were no storms. Jesus was a member of this group and that could have been a reason he was crucified.

Where is the Grail?

If you think about it, a land to the west is America. Some historians believe that Columbus was under orders by the Templar to find "la Merica" a mythical place where they could hide the Grail. Some think this is where America's name came from and not Amerigo Vespucci. Theories are that the Grail is hidden around Oak Island, Nova Scotia. There was a structure found that was built by Masons and is thought to hold Templar treasures. Attempts to enter this cement vault have not been successful because of the way it was built and the fact that the shafts will collapse and flood.

Another possible site for the Grail is inside Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland. It is a very beautiful building that took a lot of time and craftsmanship. The St. Clair family, who can trace their lineage back to Joseph of Arimethea, built it. One St. Clair family member, Henry, was a member of the Knights Templar. A tombstone has a cup, a rose, and an octagonal cross-engraved on it. A metal chalice is buried inside one of the pillars, the Apprentice Pillar, which some believe is the actual Grail.

People may never know if the Grail existed or continues to exist. The stories have been around since the Crusades and some say the King Arthur legend was based on Countess Mary of Champagne and her husband Count Henry. Mary was the patron of the poet Chretien de Troyes. He wrote the well-known texts about Perceval and the Arthurian tales. True or not, these tales of mystical happenings stir the imaginations of all.