Psychoanalyst to speak on grail myth

Tales of chivalry, heroism, Merlin’s trickery and damsels in distress are woven into the legend of King Arthur and the search for the Holy Grail.

Psychoanalyst John Betts will discuss the history and meaning of the legend during a lecture on Friday, Oct. 19.

“What is the grail a symbol of? How are the Grail, the lance and the fisher king related? In the Celtic myth of Peredur  the Gail contains a severed head, in Chretien de Troyes’ Perceval, it contains the host, yet in von Eschenbach’s  Parsival,  it is a stone. Why such variations?” Betts asks.

Betts will deal with not only the symbolism of elements in the legend, but also with the possible origin and history of the legend  itself.

The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. at the Comox Valley Presbyterian Church, 725 Aspen Rd., Comox. Admission will be $15 for members of the Comox Valley C.G. Jung Society, $20 for non-members and $10 for students. Tickets will be available at the door, but participants are asked to pre-register online at Betts maintains a private practice in Victoria. He holds degrees from the University of Capetown in South Africa and the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland and can be contacted through his website

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