I loved your brief synopsis of Templar history. I had a teacher who taught Masons their own symbolism, entrenched in Templar secrets. She is the only woman I know to have been given a 33degree ring.
There are so many rumors about the Templars. The seal of King Solomon, the coveted holy chalice at Chalice Well in England... One of my favorite states, they exist in secrecy today and their main goal is to protect and when the time is right, bring forth the true heir to Jesus.
Another rumor is that some of the original knights were direct descendents of Jesus. I suppose that's how they'll be able to bring forth his true heir. A descendent.
Rumors abound and we'll never be able to separate fact from fiction unless they, themselves, decide to tell us. I kind of hope they don't. The mystery is part of the fascination.
posted on 07/21/2002 11:45:11 AM PDT
My interest in the Knights Templar, the monastic life, and knighthood has always been more pragmatic social history....ie. Knighthood and service as a rung to the middle class. The monasteries created towns, schools and the need for trained knights guaranteed a boy of modest means the avenue for progress and property. This was entirely a western invention not based on any caste system. I wonder how much of the persecutions were a result of the fear by the papacy/aristocracy of this rise of the individual.
posted on 07/21/2002 12:54:25 PM PDT
"True heirs of Jesus"
Please explain. Jesus never married and since he is considered sinless he surely never committed adultery. How can he have heirs?
posted on 07/21/2002 4:42:48 PM PDT
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