The Sumerian Origins of the Iconography of the Templars, Masons and Merovingians

by, Boyd Rice

The iconography associated with the monarchists and secret orders of medieval times didn't originate in the middle ages. Many have roots that go back to 3500 years before the birth of Christ, perhaps further. Claims that he Merovingians, the Templars and the Freemasons are part of a far more ancient tradition could well be something more than hyperbole. The symbolism employed by these groups has always been very specific, and that symbolism can be traced to the dawn of recorded history. Here are just a few examples.

A. The image of two knights riding upon a single horse is uniquely emblematic of the Knights Templar. It is said to represent the fact that they were known as "The Poor Knights of Christ", the idea evidently being that they were so poor they could only afford a single horse for every two Templars. Of course, we know that the Templars were anything but poor, and it seems that the concept of dual riders goes back to ancient Sumeria, where it was employed for purely tactical considerations.

B. The two headed eagle is used extensively by modern Freemasonry, and has been a preeminent symbol of monarchy in Austria, Germany , and Russia. This depiction of a "catti" bas relief featuring the two-headed eagle dates back to approximately 3000 B.C.

C. The symbols before this Sumerian king are emblems of his royal authority. We see an equilateral cross, a rosette, and a bee. The bee as royal insignia has been thought to be wholly unique to the Merovingians, yet this carving predates them by thousands of years. The rosette, though entirely un-rose-like in appearance, is said to be symbolic of a rose. Could the idea of the rose and cross date back to this era? And in regard to the bee, it would appear that the art of beekeeping originated in ancient Sumeria. In the archeological museum of Istanbul, there is a relief of the Governor of Mari (a center of Dagon worship) which bears an inscription relating his introduction of the practice of beekeeping:

"I introduced the flies which collect honey, which in the time of my predecessors was unknown, and located them in the garden, town of Gabarini that they might collect honey and wax..."

D. The equilateral cross employed by the Templars shows up extensively in ancient Sumerian carvings. Here it is depicted above the first Sumerian King, IA, in a rendering done in 2000 B.C., and above a group of men ploughing a field, circa 1400 B.C.

E. Deified Sumerian King IA, depicted as the Lord f the Flood. Emerging from the waters of the case he holds is what appears to be a prototypical fleur-de-lys. Besides being a fundamental symbol of French (and later British) monarchy, the fleur-de-lys is one of the central symbols found in the Church of Mary Magdalen at Rennes-le-Chateau.

F. King IA, pictured here in horned headdress, holds a vessel above which hovers a sun wheel-like Templar cross. The cross seems to be contained within the shape of a crescent moon. Some scholars believe that in the ancient Sumerian notion of the divine couple, God was personified as the sun, and his consort was personified as the moon. The king, as living representative of God on Earth, or son of God, was perceived to be their offspring, and constituted the third member of the divine trinity. The image of the sun cross within the moon may well symbolize the divine couple. Note also the bull and goat, two animals which figure prominently in the religious iconography of the sea-peoples. The Quinotaur said to have fathered the Merovingians is described alternatively as having the head of a goat, or a bull.

G. Perhaps the most well-known occult symbol of all times, the pentagram, also dates back to ancient Sumeria. In Sumerian pictographic writing, it was an ideogram used to describe Merovingian Kings as "lofty ones" or "shining ones", and was presented in its inverted form. The pentagram's association with black magic probably derives from the fact that these kings were thought to possess magical powers; so it is both a symbol of their dynasty and their doctrine. This explains why a seemingly Satanic symbol was of such importance to the Cathars, and why it figures so prominently in the imagery associated with the Grail mystery, Rennes-le-Chateau, etc.

H. The Cross of Lorraine, a symbol linked to the Templars, the Angevins, and French nationalism, also had its genesis as a Sumerian ideogram. It was a symbol denoting kingship, and stood for "Kad", a title given to the kings of Phoenicia and Akkadia. Another title for kings was "Shepherd", and the ideogram for this designation was very similar: it was a Cross of Lorraine with an extended lower portion, curved so as to suggest a shepherd's staff.

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