I have this to offer.. the book aforementioned; Born in Blood which gives an account of the Templars and how they hid from the church in Masonic "lodges" .A reference to the extinction of the Templars By Pope Clement Vth in France, a weird reference to an idol of a head called Baphomet, a perhaps accurate theory why Friday the 13th is still considered unlucky, etc. I have visited Masonic lodges in different states and indeed there exists two branches of Masonry, one called the Scottish Rite and another French branch which may have been the Priory, however it's been a while since my last visit, but it would account for a french secret society mentioned in other works. Le Dossiers definitely exists, and the History channel actually gave a brief view of the document, as well as interviewing surviving ancestors of the Merovingian bloodline listed in the doc...
starting with Dagobert the (3rd?). The family tree in question actually starts with a fish though, which is definitely a case of Truth being stranger than fiction. What intrigued me most though, was D. Browns' use of the name Sophia as a main character in I believe... Angels and Demons, which to me is deliberate. I don't know much about the Rosicrucians though, I am definitely interested in finding out more about them. Suggested Reading? I think I avoided reading about them several years ago due to exposure to Aliester Crowleys' works, (and mentions thereof) of which I think are more gibberish than truth.No offense if you are a fan. I have yet though to find any really convincing documents about the Priory. Also, off the subject though... There seems to be some similarities between Gnosticism and Zoroastrianism. Specifically... The Zend Avista and it's resemblence to Hermetic doc.s and Gnostic docs. Any info on this subject is also appreciated! Thanks again!
Hey Mychael, I actually had completely misunderstood. When you
mentioned the truths in a fiction I thought you meant allegorical
truths of some nature. I thought it could be fun and interesting to
explore what those ideas that you saw within the book might have in
connection with Gnosticism.
I see what you mean now, other than the allegory of the divine
feminine you seem to be talking about sort of historical semi-
conections. Well, that is of course interesting as well.
I am with you in drawing a destinction between the original
Rosicrucians as invented by J. V. Andrea and C. Besold vs the modern
groups. And, of course no one would deny that this original group is
influenced by hermeticism (as are the modern groups)... which is in
turn very closely related to Gnosticism.
I am a bit more skeptical when it comes to the
Templars though. I
can't even go so far as to say there is even any good conjecture
that I have seen connecting them to any Gnostic system at all.
However, you may have some ideas to share on that. I mean, sometimes
I may say "there is no good evidence for _____", but I may still
think a theory is well thought and very possible. In the case of the
Templar/Gnosticism connection, what I tend to see is in fact more
about a pretty explicit opposition in systems.
While the Cathars are not technically Gnostic, they are one of the
groups we list as "on topic" here. One fact that may be of interest
in dealing with the Templars then is that Barnard created much of
their rule and helped them institute the order.... and he was also a
violent anti-Cathar proslytizer.
We maybe should also mention in this conversation the fact that one
of the movements that is also similar to Gnosticism found it's
primary early solidification here
in the same area.... Kabbalah.
AND, there were Platonic Academies here as well. Maybe not
coincidence that various esoteric movements came into existance in
this time, they do tend to follow the Academies.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, nakedalchemy@a... wrote:
> In a message dated 1/30/2005 11:13:42 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> email@example.com writes:
> Interesting point, Mychael, concerning the differentiation
> truth and falsehood in fiction. Of course, to some extent it is
> preaching to the preachers here, and I know that George is also
> who is very aware of the principle you are talking about.
> However, I am wondering if you could point out for the sake of
> conversation exactly where you feel the truth is (specifically
> concerning Gnosticism) in these particular works
> fiction. Many people do wonder about the Da Vinci Codes, and the
> Holy Blood Holy Grail, and how they are related to Gnostic
> so perhaps it is a good subject to talk about here.
> BTW, welcome to the group, C.A.S., I would also like to deal with
> the point you bring up from the historical perspective. In this
> what Dan Brown talks about in the Da Vinci codes is really not
> related to historical Gnosticism. Some of the things he says about
> the Nag Hammadi texts and what they contain are actually
> untrue. He is wrong that Gnostics believed that Jesus and Mary
> children, they didn't. There is also nothing in the Nag Hammadi
> about Jesus being married, or even anything about sexual rituals
> like the ones he outlines.
> I have read the Da Vinci Code and also saw a documentary of
Cracking the Da
> Vinci Code, neither persuaded me of much to do with Gnosticism
except that Da
> Vinci pretty much despised the Christian attitude, his works were
done as a
> livelihood and he did poke some blasphemies into the his paintings
> being readily seen...The only real connection is that Da Vinci
himself may have
> been influenced by some Gnostic thought.
> The only profound thing the book did for me, was enlighten the
> the Divine Feminine aspect of God.
> I read Holy Blood, Holy Grail a long time ago when it came out,
> fascinating, there was little evidence to back up much of their
> was very much into Grail lore at the time and the title intrigued
> connections between
the church locations in or around the Pyrenees
seemed to have
> some insight...Otherwise, they pulled rabbits out of the hat with
> sources. But, also what both books did do is to get people
> alternatives, and this is a good thing, not to settle for what's
in the feedbag
> I suppose the biggest clue is of the Knights Templars, but it is
> conjecture if they followed a secret Gnostic plan of their own,
> elitism might fall into that category somewhere, but, then their
> into their fold over time would discount that...if anything their
> the story of the Three Musketeers is much more close in my mind,
and they were
> part of the Crusades. So, who knows, many of the Crusaders
> things both materialistically and intellectually as the overtook
> While I would consider elements of both books to have truths,
overall one is
> a work of fiction, and the other strictly conjecture.
> If either got some people to explore and investigate and research
> more...this is a start, but as one does research more, one finds
many dead ends, and
> people just love to read into things, and I am of the guilty
there, too. To me,
> the invisible and perhaps nonexistent Rosicrucianism(not counting
> more closely akin to the Gnostic as well as The Hermeticists, and
I am to
> understand The Priory of Scion is a complete fabrication
perpetrated by a few who
> made its history up, just as Rosicrucianism, or else the
> that they were a "true to the letter" secret society.
> But, imagination sparks many things, without it humanity would be
> the dark ages, and as fanciful as much of it is, one need only
look at science
> fiction and what it predicted and is now come to be made fact.
> However, I am one of those who believes that adage that truth is
> stranger than fiction.
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