Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco

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“Is the man serious?”

 That was the exclamation by an astounded reader. No, I don’t think for a second he was serious but he must have had an awful lot of fun when writing this novel, mixing mystics and religion with science and historical facts.

The book follows three friends working in an obscure publishing house. Fed up with reading dotty manuscripts about the occult and meeting the crackpots that submit them, they decide, as a game, to feed all conspiracy plots into a computer. The result goes beyond their wildest fantasies: all unexplained phenomena of history can be fitted into a single cosmic plan. This plan provides better interpretations than orthodox history and reveals the greatest secret of history, a secret that all major societies of Europe have wanted – Templars, Rosicrucians, Masons, Jesuits and even Nazis. At first the Plan, as they call their conspiracy theory, is merely a joke, but they become increasingly obsessed with it and begin to work on it in earnest. Unfortunately there are also other people around who take the Plan seriously…

“If our hypothesis is correct, the Holy Grail…was the breed and descendant of Jesus, the “Sang real” of which the Templars were the guardians… At the same time,  the Holy Grail must have been,  literally, the vessel that had received and contained the blood of Jesus. In other words it must have been the womb of the Magdalene”. (M. Baigent, R. Leigh, H. Lincoln, ‘The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail’, 1982, London, Cape)

Dan Brown had to write a whole book to reveal the secret of the sangreal. (The Da Vinci Code) Eco manages on one page. This is the first attempt to create “The Plan” by feeding random pages into the computer.

“The next morning, Belbo was radiant. ‘It works,’ he said. ‘It works beyond anything we could have hoped for.’ He handed us the printout.

 

The Templars have something to do with everything

What follows is not true

Jesus was crucified under Pontius Pilate

The sage Omus founded the Rosy Cross in Egypt

There are cabalists in Provence

Who was married at the feast of Cana?

Minnie Mouse is Mickey’s fiancée

It logically follows that

If

The Druids venerated black virgins

Then

Simon Magus identifies Sophia as a prostitute of Tyre

Who was married at the feast of Cana?

The Merovingians proclaim themselves kings by divine right

The Templars have something to do with everything

 

‘A bit obscure, ‘ Diotallevi said.

‘Because you don’t see the connections. And you don’t give due importance to the question that recurs twice: Who was married at the feast of Cana? Repetitions are magic keys. Of course, I’ve compiled; but compiling the truth is the initiate’s right. Here is my interpretation: Jesus was not crucified, and for that reason the Templars denied the crucifix. The legend of Joseph of Arimathea covers a deeper truth: Jesus,  not the grail, landed in France, among the cabalists of Provence. Jesus is the metaphor of the King of the World, the true founder of the Rosicrucians. And who landed with Jesus? His wife. In the Gospels why aren’t we told who was married at Cana? It was the wedding of Jesus, and it was a wedding that could not be discussed, because the bride was a public sinner, Mary Magdalene. That’s why, ever since, all the Illuminati from Simon Magus to Postel seek the principle of the eternal feminine in a brothel. And Jesus, meanwhile, was the founder of the royal line of France.”

 

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