“The whole land is in desolation, for a land mirrors the condition of its king, inwardly in a mythological dimension, as well as outwardly in the physical world. The cattle do not reproduce, the crops won’t grow; knights are killed; children are orphaned; maidens weep; there is mourning everywhere–all because the Fisher King is wounded.
“The notion that the welfare of a kingdom depends upon the virility or power of its ruler has been a common one, especially among primitive people. There are still kingdoms in the primitive parts of the world where the king is killed when he can no longer produce any offspring. He is simply killed, ceremonially, sometimes slowly, sometimes horribly, because it is thought that the kingdom will not prosper if the king is becoming weak. The whole Grail castle is in serious trouble because the Fisher king is wounded.”
–excerpt from He: Understanding Masculine Psychology by Robert A. Johnson