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October 12, 1986

Terry Atkinson's review of "The Grail Legend" by Emma Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz (Aug. 31) was very interesting, but what the review and the book failed to mention was the best explanation for the origin and meaning of the legends: the blood lineage of Jesus and the cult that surrounded it.

This was very persuasively explored in the controversial best seller "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln (Dell), which was eagerly dismissed by orthodox scholars because of about 80 minor historical misstatements (in a book crammed with information on nearly 500 pages). It is difficult to see how one can ignore the strong evidence in favor of the three authors' explanation for the grail symbol. (For those who missed it, another book worth noting that unlocks historical secrets related to the grail business is "The Discovery of King Arthur" by Geoffrey Ashe (Doubleday).)

SCOTT SMITH

Thousand Oaks

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