Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Templars and Talpiot

Margaret Starbird posted the following on the Da Vinci Code forum:
On the "Priory of Sion" list, Clay posted this very interesting comment:
...the oldest existing Masonic catechism, the Edinburgh Register House Manuscript of 1696, contains this question and answer:

Where lies the key? In a bone box.

The traditional interpretation is that this is a sort of riddle, that the key is the tongue and the bone box is the skull and jaw.

But a "bone box" could be an ossuary.
My reply:
I'm interested to know that the "Key is in the bone box"!

I was fascinated to learn in 2006 of James Tabor's research regarding the "Talpiot tomb" and the speculation that the Templars had been shown the site during their sojourn in Jerusalem. I can well imagine a scenario where Templar leaders were shown the tomb and its ossuaries and became convinced that it was the actual tomb of Jesus and his family. That would account for the rumors about their alleged power which had to do with the body of Jesus, so aptly illustrated (IMO) by the "charioteer" card in the Tarot deck erroneously named "Gringonneur/Charles VI" which shows a military man with a battle ax astride what looks like a hearse. His feet are standing on decorations that resemble the letters I and C (the intials IC stand for Iesu Christi in many medieval watermarks).

This card appears to depict the rumor that the Templars were custodian of the "great secret" that Jesus (at least his skull and crossed shin bones?) was not ascended body and soul as proclaimed by Roman Catholic doctrine, and seated on a throne in heaven. In my Tarot Trumps and the Holy Grail (2000) I postulated that the rumors persisted in Europe that the Templars had discovered "written materials and perhaps even the grave or ossuary of Jesus." It's always seemed to me an acute synchronicity that the Jewish people in Jerusalem were using ossuaries to store the bones of their dead precisely at the time when the Christian story appears there--a practice that only lasted until the fall of the city to the Romans in AD 70.

The Talpiot tomb is unique in the percentage of ossuaries bearing inscriptions (6 of 10, when the average is about 20%). That alone suggests that there was something very special about this particular family and tomb--not to mention that amazing
concurrence of family names with those of Jesus' family in the Gospels.

I can't prove that the Talpiot tomb is that of the family of Jesus, but it would not surprise me in the least to learn that the Templars who were shown that tomb in the 12th c believed that it was, and that it was that belief that spawned the "Grail" stories that bloomed soon afterward in Western Europe.

In an extant document from 1213, Pier Vaux de Cerney, a chronicler of the Albigensian Crusade and the brutal burning of the Church at Beziers on Magdalene's feast day (22 July 1209) where the townspeople had sought sanctuary from the French troops who invaded their town, states that this holocaust was "Divine Providence" to punish the Cathars for their slanderous belief that Mary Magdalene and Jesus were lovers. I believe this tenet was indigenous to the region, where Mary Magdalene was alleged to have fled as a political exile from Jerusalem, bringing with her the "Holy Grail." The "fishes" painting from Metz, posted on my website is from c. 1250 (shortly after the fall of Montsegur). Clearly medieval Europeans believed something significant about the "partnership" of Jesus and Mary Magdalene--
"avatars of Pisces"?
Peace and well-being,
"The Woman with the Alabaster Jar"

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