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  The last leader of an order of fighting monks known as the Knights Templar. There has been a mountain of myth that has grown up about the Templars by both admirers and detractors alike. The Templars were an order of monks that defended Jerusalem before being driven out by Saladin. The Templars seemed to have escaped practically unharmed, suggesting they had cut a deal with Saladin. Legends have grown over the years about the Templars, including  finding a treasure buried under the Temple in Jerusalem, finding the Ark of theCovenant only to bury it under a Church in Scotland for some reason, discovering some deep dark secret (such as Christ being married), and blackmailing the Roman Catholic Church with it are just a few of the myths.

     About 400 years later, Freemasons would claim they retained the mysterious secrets of the Templars, but these are just unfounded legends and fake rituals written over the centuries to inject some mystery into boring lives.

    What we do know about the Templars, is that they did have some wealth, but not the vast amounts writers today attribute to them.   The idea that the Templars were the equivalent to billionaires is ludicrous! The Templars became skillful and shrewd traders with their Arab neighbors, which is how they made their wealth. There’s really no mystery to it.

    After the fall of Jerusalem, Jacques DeMolay and the Templars returned to France in disgrace. During this time the Roman Catholic Church had moved it’s headquarters to France, under a Pope who is known in history as the “Anti-Pope”.  Since Jerusalem had fallen into Muslim hands, and would remain so until the British Empire acquired it briefly after WWI, there was no real reason for the Templar Order to continue. King Philip wanted to merge the Templars with the Hospitalers, which would have put them under his control. Demolay, not wanting to cede his authority, balked at this idea and refused to do so. There were many rumors circulating around France the Templars had become heretics, and the charges may not have been completely unfounded. The King had the Templar order disbanded and executed the Templars, De Molay being one of them.

    The date of his execution was March the 18th, 1314...although popular legend says he was executed on Friday the 13th. He wasn't. It's just one of many, many, untrue legends that arose and continue to rise about the Tamplars. 

    Among the charges leveled against the Templars was that they engaged in homosexual acts. Historians have concluded that this charge was probably true, considering it sometimes happens when members of the same sex must live together for very extended periods of time. DeMolay confessed to engaging in homosexuality as well, but it is most unlikely that it was done as part of a “sex magic” ritual as modern day occult groups would have us believe.

     Before DeMolay was arrested on charges of heresy, his spies tipped him off, and he then immediately burned a large pile of documents. If this account is true, it shows he must have had something to hide...but one will ever know what exactly that might have been. Under torture, DeMolay confessed to heresy, and later publically admitted it. Later DeMolay  recanted his confession however, angering the King. Since people have been known to confess to anything under torture, it’s impossible to know which version of Demolay’s confession to believe.

     Among the things the Templars confessed to was worshiping something called “Baphomet”. But what Baphomet was is a mystery. Some said it was a black cat, others said it was a human skull with the number 314 painted on it.   Freemasons have a secret initiation  ritual that takes place upon entrance into the 33rd degree in Scottish Rite, and the 10th degree of York Rite in which wine is drunk from a human skull,  and apparently this is inspired by the Templar legend of skull worship.

     Over the years people have invented their own version of "Baphomet"...none of which had anything to do with De Molay or the Templars. What we know for certain is that Baphomet was not the goat head inside the pentagram with Hebrew letters on each point spelling out “Leviathan”. This was an invention of occult writers of the 19th century. You may also see a “crusaders cross” called Baphomet, but this too is wishful thinking.

     Scholars have discovered "Baphomet" is actually just a linguistic corruption of “Mohammed”, and believe the  Templars may have become clandestine Muslims. This theory would certainly explain a lot, including why the Templars escaped Saladin unscathed. 

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       While the Templars lived in Acre, a sacred relic to Muslims...the skull of Al-Hussein ibn Ali ibn Abi Talib (the nephew of Muhammed) was in Palestine during the same period the Templars were in Palestine. This relic is sacred to Muslims, both Suni and Shia, and it is an object of venberation. It's quite possible this is where the stories of Templars worshiping a skull called Baphomet (Muhammed) originated from.  Whether the Templars actually participated in venerating the skull of Al-Hussein ibn Ali ibn Abi Talib, we will never know for sure, but we do know from accounts of other Christians in the area at that time that the Templars did pray with Muslims. 

    An eyewitness to de Molay's execution, Geoffrey of Paris, stated that De Molay had shown no fear and had told those present that God would judge their executioners someday (Barber, The Trial of the Templars, 2nd ed. p. 357 ). From this grew into a legend that Jacques de Molay cursed The Pope and King Philip IV of France and his descendants while burning at the stake. This story is popular with occultists of various stripes, and was repeated by Anton LaVey in his book The Satanic Rituals. But the story of the curse seems to have been a combination of words spoken by De Molay a different Templar.  

     Although it's considered a sin in islam, Bedouin Muslims seem to have  tolerance for homosexual sex (although lesbians are killed on the spot), which possibly could be a  reason the Templars would want to have become Muslims, if accounts of their homosexuality are true.  Many of the Templars fled to Muslim controlled Spanish Cordova, which would suggest they were indeed Muslims, and perhaps that is the solution to the enigma.  It’s also possible they escaped to Cordova thinking that could blend in with the Muslims, having knowledge of their language and customs. 

    If the Templar/Muslim theory was true, then we may owe a debt to King Phillip for not allowing the Templars to continue. If the Templars had gained control of France and the French Vatican, then they could have installed a Templar Pope who could have forced all of Europe to convert to Islam!

   At any rate, DeMolay was not the possessor of some mysterious occult secret, and people belonging to modern day “Templar” orders (such as the O.T.O) have no direct connection to the original order at all.

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