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Origin of the name AMFORTAS.
Etymology of the name AMFORTAS.
Meaning of the baby name AMFORTAS.


AMFORTAS.  Arthurian legend name of the keeper of the Grail, meaning "the powerless one."

Sir Percivale
Whom Arthur and his knighthood called the Pure;
that the talismanic vessel is
the cup itself from which our Lord
Drank at the last sad supper with His own;

that the lance which struck and healed the grievous wound in the side of the king is the spear with which the side of the Christ was pierced on Calvary.  It is also obvious that the king, whose name is Amfortas, that is, "the powerless one," is a symbol of humanity suffering from the wounds of slavery to desire; that the heroic act of Parsifal, as Wagner calls him, which brings release to the king and his knights, is renunciation of desire, prompted by pity, compassion, fellow-suffering; and that this gentle emotion it was that had inspired knowledge simultaneously of a great need and a means of deliverance... (A Book of Operas, Krehbiel, 1917)


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