LONDON (TIP): A massive hunt has been launched in Britain to trace a historic wooden cup which which is believed to have the power to bestow eternal life.
The Nanteos Cup, dubbed the Welsh Holy Grail and reputed to be the cup used by Christ during the Last Supper, was stolen from a house in Weston-Under-Penyard in Herefordshire in July last year. The family and the police have now offered a £2,000 reward for the Holy Grail.
It was stolen from an elderly woman’s house in a small village in Herefordshire. Burglars struck the house at Weston Under Penyard and stole the world famous Nanteos Cup.
Legend has it that the cup was used by Joseph of Arimathea to catch Christ’s blood while interring Him in his tomb.
Joseph took the cup to Britain and founded a line of guardians to keep it safe which finally ended up in Nanteos Mansion near Aberystwyth, Wales.
Visitors in hundreds visit the site to drink from the cup that measures 10 cm by 8.5 cm believing it has healing powers. Parts of it have been nibbled off by the sick in the hope of a miracle cure.
West Mercia Police spokeswoman said “The Nanteos Cup was stolen in a burglary. The family who own the Nanteos Cup are now offering a reward for its safe return and information leading to the arrest and subsequent conviction of the offender or offenders. The cup is a medieval mazer bowl, a wooden cup/chalice, widely regarded as the Welsh Holy Grail. It is a dark wood cup and was kept in a blue velvet bag”.
It added “The family are offering £1000 and West Mercia Police are offering an additional £1000 for the safe return of the cup and information leading to the arrest and subsequent conviction of the offender or offenders.
Some experts say the Cup dates back to the 14th century, some 1,400 years after the Cruxifiction. Descendants of the Nanteos’ original occupants are reported to have recently kept it in a bank vault, but loaned it to a seriously ill woman with connections to the family. The burglars are believed to have raided her house while she was in hospital.