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Sunday, January 16, 2005

"Beyond the DaVinci Code" -- (Part II)

I missed the first hour and a half of the two hour History Channel show called "Beyond the DaVinci Code". But I've set the timer to catch it later today. No wonder the producer never contacted me, assuming that is the producer who was supposed to contact me. The program draws a reasonable conclusion: there is nothing to the theories outlined in the DaVinci Code.

In my case, I could call that pre-April, 2004 thinking. Perhaps I should smash my father's plate and pretend none of this ever happened? I don't want to offend strict Christian beliefs. Moreover, this has caused me nothing but stress and aggravation.

But there is so much more to discuss. I wish the photograph of the plate on my weblog showed more close-up detail. Please bear with me.

I've focused on the background of the plate, specifically the roses leading up to the vessel on the right-hand side. I'd like to consider the vessel itself a bit more. If you look closely at the photograph you might be able to see that the vessel is marked with many vertical, and twin horizontal, lines.

Remember in my previous post, rose lines are supposedly one key to this mystery: roses, rose lines, Rosicrucianism, and so on. In Beyond the DaVinci Code, narrator Edward Hermann tells us that the rose line supposedly relates to a meridian line, or a longitude line traced on the ground.

The lines on the vessel look exactly like the longitude lines on a globe. The vessel also features twin latitude lines near the equator.

So if a single rose line leading to a vessel on a 13" plate marked with the number 33 doesn't suggest something, what about the longitude lines and the two equatorial lines on the vessel itself?


The monk on the plate has a small bit of white, tasseled, cloth under his arm.

This little detail fascinates me. Once I began looking closely at the plate I thought there had to be some symbolic meaning to the white cloth. It took months to find this, especially since the one person willing to help me sort this out borrowed my copy of Holy Blood, Holy Grail for several months. This is mentioned briefly in Holy Blood, Holy Grail.

What do you think?


The origin of the Merovingian family name comes from that of their progenitor, Merovee (also styled "Merovech" or "Meroveus"). The name is reminiscent of both the French word for "mother" and the French and Latin words for "sea." The legend is that Merovee was born of two fathers - the story that is told is no doubt allegorical and refers to the alliance of two dynasties through his birth. It was said that his mother was already pregnant by her husband when she went swimming in the sea. She was seduced by a sea creature who impregnated her for a second time. When Merovee was born therefore, the blood of two sources, that of his Frankish father, the ruler, and that of a "sea animal" ran through his veins.

From that time on, the Merovingians had a reputation for the occult and the supernatural. They were looked upon as priest-kings, much as the Egyptian pharaohs were regarded. The healing powers they were said to have possessed extended even to the tassels of their robes, which were believed to be of particular curative powers. As we shall see in Chapter Four, after the death of Berenger Sauniere a procession of people passed by his robed corpse, each removing a tassel from it. The Merovingian kings were said to have had a certain birthmark that took the form of a Templar type red cross, either over the heart or between the shoulder blades.

There is more fruity, crunchy, nuttiness -- coming in Part III. This might stretch to Part X or more.


Anonymous said...

Chip, this is hot stuff-- could i post on it at the Needle? i might get you some new readership. :)

Anonymous said...

And could you email me? I've lost your email address-- i'm at

Anonymous said...

Don't let conspiracy nonsense cloud your common sense. I'm amazed at how many people have never taken a good class in art history. Methinks you read too much into something simple. I don't see anything particularly scandelous about the painting on the plate. Looks rather delightful, actually. Are you sure it's one of a kind? Are you sure there doesn't exist other art of the same period with similar themes? Are you sure the painting isn't derived from a story, or even a Shakespeare play?

I measured a paper plate the other day I got at Wendy's -- 13"!; it must be related to the templars! Or, maybe it's a pretty standard size for a plate.

It's funny how a little education can destroy a good conspiracy story.