Not the ‘Holy Grail’ recovered

Recall the story from last August when the police raided a pub thinking a stolen “relic” that was possibly the infamous Jesus cup? They found a wooden salad bowl. This time they recovered the “real” thing.

The relic is understood to have been stolen from a woman who had borrowed it in the hope it would restore her health.

Source: Police Officers Track Down ‘Holy Grail’

West Mercia Police said the Nanteos Cup was recovered after “several significant lines of inquiry from anonymous sources”.

The chalice, which measures 10cm by 8.5cm and was stolen from a Weston Under Penyard in Herefordshire, was handed to police in a pre-arranged meeting on “neutral ground” last week.

The Nanteos cup is one of the many cups that is “the Holy Grail” aka the cup Jesus Christ drank from at the Last Supper. Legend says it was brought to Britain by Joseph of Arimathea after Christ’s death and at some point placed in the Nanteos Mansion, hence its name. The Nanteos Cup, made of olive wood or wych elm, supposedly had healing properties. There is no good evidence it is the actual Holy Grail.

A side note is that a questionable relic was used for a questionable purpose – to heal. Nonsense all around.

Part of the Nanteos cup.

Nanteos cup.

King Arthur: [about the inscription on the rock] What does it say, Brother Maynard?

Brother Maynard: It reads, “Here may be found the last words of Joseph of Aramathia. He who is valiant and pure of spirit may find the holy grail in the Castle of Aaauuuggghhh… ”

King Arthur: What?

Brother Maynard: “The Castle of Aaaauuuggghhhh”

Sir Bedevere: What is that?

Brother Maynard: He must have died while carving it.

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  4 comments for “Not the ‘Holy Grail’ recovered

  1. terry the censor
    June 26, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    > Joseph of Aramathia

    Arimathea

  2. Richard Smith
    June 26, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Then there’s the lesser-known saint who brought many scented oils to Britain: Joseph of Aromatherapy.

  3. One Eyed Jack
    June 28, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    I smell a rat.

  4. Russian Skeptic
    July 2, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Not enough skepticism? I am going to give you more.
    Actually, the Holy Grail is a pure literary invention by the French poet Chretien de Troy. Originally, it had nothing to do with Christ – it was not even ‘holy’, but just ‘grail’. What on earth de Troy meant, nobody knows. It is even unclear whether it was a bowl at all – it well could have been some other object, because de Troy never specified what it was.
    All that we ‘know’ about the Grail, came from later tradition.

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