Dec 20, 2013 - Knights Templar    No Comments

Historian Ponders Modern Fascination with Knights Templar, Mysterious Templar Fresco

jasoncolavitoI read Jason Colavito’s blog with great interest and unbridled enthusiasm.  He’s a fascinating guy, with some serious knowledge.  His biography states “Jason Colavito is an author and editor based in Albany, NY.  He is internationally recognized by scholars, literary theorists, and scientists for his pioneering work exploring the connections between science, pseudoscience, and speculative fiction. His investigations examine the way human beings create and employ the supernatural to alter and understand our reality and our world.”

His latest post about the Knights Templar is no exception.  From the article:

The Telegraph has an interesting article published yesterday by scholar Dominic Selwood, author of a 1999 academic study of the Knights Templar as well as a new novel about them, pondering why the medieval order of warrior monks has captured the modern imagination. His conclusions are more or less exactly what I’ve taken so much criticism for pointing out. Selwood, who holds a PhD in medieval religious warrior orders, sees in the Templars a convenient focus for two distinct threads of alternative thought, which are not completely severable.

The first is the claim that the Templars had “an alternate spirituality, perhaps even a slightly mystical one.” This is the Holy Bloodline, sacred feminine, Oreo cookie Jesus Tomb spirituality. This Selwood traces to a longstanding association between the Knights Templar and the supernatural born of the claims of heresy leveled against the order in 1314. The other thread I will let Selwood relate in his own words:

Darker interests focus on the Templars as the rallying point of a network of violent European white supremacism – a lodestar of racial hatred around which extremism can gravitate. The appeal of the Templars to extremists is probably inevitable.

Draw your own conclusions.

Selwood also discusses a fascinating aspect of Templar culture about which I know nothing but which really ought to be showing up in crazy Templar conspiracy theories if the speculators did anything close to real research. According to Selwood, a Templar chapel called St. Christophe at Montsaunès, near the French border with Spain, contains astonishing frescos unlike anything else in medieval art. The walls and ceiling are covered in stars and solar wheels, reminiscent of cabbalistic designs, the Hermetic rites, or astrology.

I highly recommend reading the article, which you can do HERE.

Check back often; he’s a great writer!

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