Friday, the 13th – puzzle goes on

October 12, 2017 at 7:06 pm

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Is it just plain superstition? Although the origin is hard to trace, one aspect could possibly be traced back to Friday, October 13, 1307. As this story goes, many Knights Templar were captured, tortured and killed on this day.

One version of the background to this story (with no claim of authenticity whatsoever) hinges on the Sangreal or Holy Grail. Sang Real or San Greal is sometimes inferred to mean Royal Blood. Who or what or where the Holy Grail (as it is more commonly known) is – so vivid a subject that hundreds of researchers have spent lifetimes pursuing knowledge or evidence of it, and countless books have been written, with versions more diverse than the number of languages they have been written in. It is sometimes referred to as the most sought after treasure in human history.

 

Then there is the Priory of Sion, who formed a military arm, The Order of The Poor Knights of Christ and The Temple of Solomon – The Knights Templar. The sole purpose of the Knights Templar was to find and guard the Holy Grail. Apparently, they found it around the 11th century and maneuvered themselves into a position where they could hold the Catholic Church to ransom. This resulted in their attaining power and position within the Catholic Church.

 

Around this time, the Catholic Church was powerful and the Pope was the effective king. Kings and governments ran day-to-day affairs, but the Pope veritably ‘ruled’. Even the calendar we use today is called the “Gregorian Calendar”, after Pope Gregory XIII who introduced it. Anyone interested could Google ‘September 1752’ and see how 11 days were removed from the calendar of September 1752. Back to the Holy Grail, Knights Templar and the Catholic Church, Pope Clement V felt uncomfortable with the power wielded by the Knights Templar and decided he had to disempower them. Although King Philip IV was reigning at that time, the Pope sent out secret and sealed orders to soldiers all across Europe, with specific instructions that they be opened on Friday, October 13, 1307. The instructions contained in these sealed envelopes were the rounding up, capture and killing of all members of Knights Templar. The surprisingly simultaneous attack left very few survivors.

 

Another version of this story is that the Knights Templar was a rich organization, with donations coming from all across Europe. Some even speculate that they ‘invented’ banking by lending to cash-strapped royalties, and even introduced a scheme where travelers deposited their money at origin and collected at the arrival point. This version goes on to say that King Philip IV was broke and he wanted the Knights Templar decimated so that he could grab their wealth. The order for action was on October 13, 1307 and, whether the Pope or the King issued the orders hardly makes a difference in this context, as the date and target remain the same.

 

Another story doing the rounds is the novel Friday the Thirteenth, published in 1907, by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer. This story latched on to the theory that 13 was an unlucky number and Friday was an unlucky day. Putting them together probably meant bad luck squared. Then again, there is Friday the 13th, series of movies, television shows, novels, comics et al featuring Jason Voorhees, a boy who drowned at Camp Crystal Lake.

 

Today is Friday, October 13, 2017 – take your pick on which story you like best or, decide to bunk it all. An ideal situation would be to ‘contribute’ another ‘version’, combine them and add to the ‘contr-version’.

 

“Everybody loves a conspiracy”!

 

REGGIE PONNAMPALAM

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