Holy Grail

The Underground Stream & Rennes-le-Chateau

By Steven Sora

Millions who have read Dan Brown’s book or seen the movie The Da Vinci Code, have been intrigued by the story of the Priory of Sion, a mysterious secret society which some believe operated for centuries behind the scenes of Eu­ropean and American history. As has been argued recently in British courts, most of the ideas in Brown’s book were taken from the the 1980s best-seller Holy Blood, Holy Grail, but the actual facts behind both works were laid down decades and centuries earlier. Today…

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The Return of the Djedi

By Mark Amaru Pinkham

The Jedi Knights of Star Wars were not simply the figment of George Lucas’s most fertile and provocative imagina­tion. Those who have grown up coveting the powers of the Jedi will be pleased to learn that Masters of the Force did indeed once exist. Records of them survive in certain countries, such as Egypt and Persia, where they were magician priests and the guardians of powerful priest kings similar to the “Emperor” of Star Wars, albeit without his predilec­tion for the “Dark Side.” In ancient…

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Quest for the Grail: The Sri Lanka Connection

BY MARK AMARU PINKHAM

The Holy Grail legends written during the Middle Ages in Europe were the first to reveal that the Knights Templar were the true and eternal Guardians of the Holy Grail. This notion was initially popularized by a knight, Wolfram von Eschenbach, who in A.D. 1200 made it public record in Parzival, the most comprehensive and compelling rendition of the grail legend ever written. In addition to this revelation regarding the Templars, Eschenbach also proclaimed in his magnum opus that the Holy Grail could be something…

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The Grail in America

BY SOL ARIS

A great deal of literature has seen light in recent years about the voyage of the “Holy Grail” from Europe to America. The idea of a Templar Fleet sailing the oceans and carrying their treasure trove across the Atlantic was extensively re­searched by Baigent and Lee for their 1989 “The Temple and the Lodge.” Many authors had picked up the theme, tracing and documenting the ability of the original Knights Templar to perform such a feat, as they escaped from the continent on their ships…

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The Real Secret Society Behind the DaVinci Code

BY MARK AMARU PINKHAM

As anyone knows, who has read Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, the plot revolves around the clandestine activities of an ancient secret society known as the Priory of Sion. The actual existence of this society, claims Brown, is one of the few irrefutable truths woven into his fictional novel. This may have been true when he was writing his manuscript, but recently the authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, the non-fiction book that introduced Brown to the Priory, public­ly stated that the organization appears…

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News

Cryptic Aramaic Message Found in Ancient Ritual Cup A mysterious 2,000-year-old “ritual” cup has been discovered by archaeologists in Jerusalem. Unlike similar cups which have turned up, this one has 10 lines of Aramaic or Hebrew text inscribed within it. So far, the scholars have been unable to translate the message, but they see the Hebrew word for God, YHWH, or Yahweh. The message ap­pears to be deliberately cryptic. The cup was found near the Zion gate by a team led by two University of…

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Grail in Iceland? Researchers in Iceland believe they know where to find the Holy Grail. Not surprisingly that would be Iceland. Ac­cording to the on-line news source Iceland Review, Architect Thórarinn Thórarinsson believes he has the evidence to back up his claim. As the story goes, the Knights Templar came to Iceland in 1217 looking for a hiding place for their legendary treasure, and that Snorri Sturluson, the author of Prose Edda and other mediaeval scripts, helped them create an un­derground dome in Iceland’s central…

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OLD WILLIAMSBURG MYSTERY PERSISTS The “Bruton Vault” said to be the repository of the deepest secrets of Sir Francis Bacon and, maybe the Western world, is up for consideration, if not excavation, again. A group calling itself “Sir Francis Bacon’s Sages of the Sev­enth Seal” is seeking once again to excavate the alleged crypt beneath the old Episcopal church in Williamsburg, Vir­ginia. In this spot, it is said, the heirs and followers of Sir Francis Bacon buried a trove of priceless secrets brought to the…

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A New Book from A.R. Probes for Invisible Forces

BY J. DOUGLAS KENYON

On the heels of the success of our first book Forbidden History, the new volume, due out in November, deals with the untold story of western spiritual traditions. The following preview is reprinted from the introduction.—Editor The history of the world, it has been alleged, is the history of a war between secret societies. And religion, it is some­times argued, is but the public tip of a secret iceberg by which human activity at large can be directed for good or ill. And just as…

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Easter & the Rites of Spring

STEVEN SORA

It is no coincidence that the Christian celebration of Easter and the beginning of Spring seem to be one and the same event. Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, and, of course, the most sacred event in Christianity, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, are related in many ways although some, you may find, are surprising. It should not be too much of a surprise that the festival that became Passover was celebrated in 621 BC, and that, in turn, was employed by Christianity in picking the date…

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