Origins and Cover-ups of the Holy Grail  

       These "teasers" feature some of our most controversial conjectures, which are all copyrighted to prevent novelists like Dan Brown from expoiting our findings. We expect that some initiates will reject them as either  "too provocative" or "off the spiritual path", but we intend to show that it is impossible to reach the higher levels of this quest without first exploring – or debunking – some popular beliefs and superstitions.

       For example, the celebrated "Matter of Britain" has nothing to do with the grail mystery, which originated in Catalonia (Spain).  But it is rather curious that the little village Rennes-le-Château (France), where the claims of The Da Vinci Code originated, is only sixty miles away – as the crow flies! This confirms that the Pyrenees are a barrier between Spain and France where our cultures clash since Antiquity.

 

 1. King Arthur

The creators of grail romance used an Arthurian scenario even though there is no proof that this king and circle of knights ever existed. Even the discovery of King Arthur's grave in Glastonbury was invented by the monks to raise funds to rebuild the abbey which burned down in 1184 – and implies that our quest could be nothing but a wild-goose chase. Or did Chrétien de Troyes use some legends from the North like a soap opera for a roman à clef about events in the South?

2. Robert's Riddle

The Arch of Titus in Rome depicts spoils from Jerusalem the Romans had carried off in 70 CE. There is evidence that some of the treasure, including the Holy Grail, was lost in the Pyrenees after the Sack of Rome in 410 CE. Was a murdered king of the Visigoths guilty of the loss? Or confused clergymen as claimed in a Latin chronicle? Did the poet Robert de Boron feature a valley in "the farthest west" to help us find the treasure?

3. Nostradamus Codex

NASA/JPL data shows that the orbits of Earth and the five visible planets line up at the March equinox every 854 years. Astronomers dismiss this eternal cycle as irrelevant. But wouldn't they be wrong if some radiation is triggered each time a cluster of planets moves behind the Sun and isolates Earth – and if some historical events repeat in this cycle as well? Did this phenomenon inspire Nostradamus to predict the future?

4. Spanish Inquisition

In the early 1600s, a Barcelona lawyer collected rare documents from secular and monastic libraries in Spain and France and wrote a "Chronicle of Catalonia". Why did the unpublished part of his manuscripts end up in Paris and not in Barcelona? Was his research plagiarized by a French bishop and protégé of Richelieu? Did this bishop have the chronicler murdered in 1635 or arrange a fake funeral so he can continue his work until the 1650s?

5. Venusberg

The poet Wolfram von Eschenbach doesn't identify the grail keepers as Knights Templar, but as "templers" whose insignia is the turtle-dove, a symbol of Aphrodite. Did he debunk a Teutonic tale about Tannhäuser by fusing a Benedictine monastery with a temple of the ancient love goddess? The same temple that's featured on Ptolemy's ancient maps as "templum veneris" near a former Greek settlement in the Pyrenees?

6. Code of Silence

Chrétien may have been murdered in the 1180s when his "Story of the Grail" became popular at the royal courts. The poem ends in the middle of a scene, probably because of his death, and we know that several continuations were written under 'holy orders' which distort his esoteric concept. If he was killed, was it because he insulted a pious count? Or because he tried to disclose the grail secret? Or both?

7. The elusive Phoenix

In the 1930s, a Jesuit debunked Kepler's theory about the Star of Bethlehem by claiming (falsely) that a "miraculous bright triangle" of planets was invisible to the naked eye on Feb. 25, 6 BCE. Did he suppress the truth because the Magi were no fools and could fuse triangles into a Star of David? Or because they followed the Phoenix to Bethlehem – as implied in Balaam's oracles?

8. Reincarnations

The early Church fathers Origen and Tertullian suggest that Jesus believed in reincarnations, that he was the prophet Elisha, come again, and John the Baptist Elijah, which most apostles failed to understand. Is this the meaning of the Son of Man's Resurrection and Second Coming? Did the Church replace this 'heresy' with the doctrine of Christ's divinity to secure his Messianic status?

9. Wolfram's Account

The poet organized his epic romance Parzival with German precision into eight sections of 108 units of 30 lines. The first section covers the story of Parzival's parents, followed by his birth at the start of the second. A section about the grail follows the fourth with only 70 units of 30 lines. Is this hidden structure and numerology a secret code to unlock a schlüsselroman with the phoenix riddle of Hesiod? Is the grail about Plato's "krater" and a divine seed?

10. Skull & Bones

According to a Latin chronicle, the skull and crossbones of St Peter were taken from his tomb in Rome and hidden in the Pyrenees. This challenge of the Vatican's raison d'être is confirmed by excavations under pope Pius XII in the early 1940s, which disclosed that Peter's tomb is empty and had been brutally ransacked. Was the Jolly Roger used by the pirates of the Caribbean and  Knights Templar to symbolize this loss – only for different reasons?

11. Black Madonna

Was the Second Coming overlooked because Jesus was born again as dark as his mother? In 1522 CE, Ignatius of Loyola spent a night before the Black Madonna of Montserrat and laid down his sword and dagger before her to create the "Society of Jesus", also known as Jesuits. Did he discover her son's true identity – and exchange his dagger for a poisoned pen to protect this secret?

12. A "holy" Grail?

Chrétien leads from Matthew's parable of the seed to the macrocosmic grail: a "platter" as bright as the Sun. Robert offers a Christian legend and changes the grail to a "bowl" from the Last Supper. Wolfram adds a timeline with the planetary positions and reduces the grail to a "stone" which empowers the Phoenix. Does this metamorphosis symbolize the real grail – which is not an object?

 

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