Chalice Well: Where Glastonbury's Grail Rests
The Tradition: Having settled in Ynys
Witrin (Glastonbury) and founded the first
religious community in Britain, St. Joseph of
Arimathea buried the Holy Grail deep in the hillside of
Glastonbury Tor in order to safe-guard it from
thieves and robbers. A miraculous spring welled
up at this very spot. The water runs through the
grail before reaching the surface stained red
with the blood of Christ.
interpretations: Though St. Joseph is said to have
brought the Grail to Britain, it is rarely
connected with his monastery of Glastonbury
except in purely local legend. The water in the
Chalice Well Gardens, below the Tor, certainly
runs red, but this is mundanely explained by the
red Iron Oxide minerals in the Glastonbury soil.
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