holy grail

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holy grail

Medtalk A literary way of expressing 'elusive goal'
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But a more likely possibility has come to light via the Celtic-leaning Arthurian grail legends.
He may frustrate the lovers of the occult, as he focuses on twelfth-century literary and iconographic innovations that gave rise to the grail legends.
The grail legends embody that tension between the esoteric and exoteric.
Anyway, there isn't space here to deal with all the weird theories about its origins except to say that the whole malarky was brought into the popular domain by the self-proclaimed "satanist", poet and onetime climber of Beachy Head, Aleister Crowley, as a superb piece of self-promotion which was later adapted by the makers of the 1976 horror movie The Omen, not unlike the way the Grail legends have been distorted to commercial advantage in The da Vinci Code.
He created the concept of the grail as a cup and his story spawned a thousand different grail legends - and, according to some, invented the modern novel along the way.