Monday, May 22, 2006

The Da Vinci Code

God is French. This is likely to come as a major disappointment to many Argentinians.

Such is the terrible secret guarded for centuries by a hidden society that once counted luminaries such as Sir Isaac Newton and Leonardo da Vinci amongst its members, but now seems to be made up of a weird-looking bunch of rural in-breds.

How did Brian Sewell not land the role of Sir Leigh Teabing? That would have made it so much more bearable. I guess this is one of those movies you simply have to endure in order to get the joke when they bring out the spoof.

I had been hoping for something daft but entertaining, but instead found it mostly stupid and dull.

The New York Times verdict was that Ron Howard's film "is one of the few versions of a book that may take longer to watch than to read." Three hours is an awfully long time for a story that simply doesn't grip in a cinematic way - this is really TV mini-series material. Surfer said that it actually felt rather low budget, its small cast being chased from location to location by two small squadrons of French and British police cars that also seem to be darting around frantically in the hope that all this movement will compensate in some way for the pervasive slowness of the plot. Much of the budget seems to have gone on absurd set-piece historical flash-backs to the likes of ancient Rome and the siege of Jerusalem.

It's surely ironic that Dan Brown's caper, which so demonstratively pokes a finger in the eye of those demented right-wing loons at Opus Dei, should have adopted the fantasy of a royal blood line running from Christ through the Merovingian kings, dreamed up by French fascists in the first half of the last century.

That the prophet could be mortal and married was one of Islam's key innovations and the descendants of Mohammed tried to preserve the sacred and secular authority of his bloodline for several centuries after his death. Dynasties generally don't last for millennia. It can hardly be said that this Islamic experiment has done an awful lot for women's rights and tolerance in general. (And if anyone in the early Christian church had a thing against women it was St Paul, not Emperor Constantine.)

"It's not the Vatican that is killing people" one of the cassock-wearing freaks pronounces mid-way through, more for the audience's benefit than his companion's − one of several pointed caveats in a movie that otherwise does its level best to undermine traditional religious authority. (The Economist: "The most flagrant example of American anti-Catholicism, some say, since the Know-Nothings of the nineteenth century.")

The former head of security at Foyles bookshop in London was also a rather driven character called Silas. Company lore had it that Silas was ex-Mossad and the extremely tall and saturnine Israeli certainly cast a scary-looking figure. He once boasted to us that he'd nicked a bunch of nuns that were trying to make off with some books they'd hidden under their habits.

A few years ago the Consul at the Guatemalan embassy asked V to keep an eye on a young compatriot called Ana. Her rich boyfriend had come up with an original ruse for ending their relationship − buying her a one-way ticket to the UK and promising to meet her here (which of course he didn't).

After her pocket money ran out the only accommodation the embassy could find for Ana was in an Opus Dei house in Hamstead. Whenever V went to visit her they practically refused to let her leave before she had confessed all her sins! Nutters. In the end Ana came to stay with us and saved up enough to return to Guatemala, still convinced that it had all been a horrible misunderstanding. We never heard from her again.

1 comment:

Seven Star Hand said...

Hello El Blogador and all, (you won't initially agree with everything I assert, but we are allies nonetheless...)

Here's a real hot potato! Eat it up, digest it, and then feed it's bones to the hungry...

Pay close attention, profundity knocks at the door, listen for the key. Be Aware! Scoffing causes blindness...

Here is the key to understanding what the Vatican and Papacy truly fear...

There's much more to the story of the Vatican's recent machinations than meets the eye. It's not the DaVinci Code or Gospel of Judas per se, but the fact that people have now been motivated to seek out the unequivocal truth about an age of deception, exactly when they expect me to appear. These recent controversies are spurring people to reevaluate the Vatican/Papacy and the religions that Rome spawned, at the worst possible time for them.

Remember, "I come as a thief..." ?

The DaVinci Code novel and movie are no more inaccurate as literal versions of history than the New Testament. The primary sub-plot involved purposeful symbology being used to encode hidden meanings, exactly like the Bible and related texts. In other words, none of these stories represent the literal truth. This is the common and pivotal fact of all such narratives about ancient Hebrew and Christian history. Debating whether the DaVinci Code, Gnostic texts, or the Bible are accurate history is a purposeful ploy designed to hide the truth by directing your inquiry away from the heart of the matter.

There is a foolproof way to verify the truth and expose centuries-old religious deceptions. It also proves why we can no longer let the Vatican tell us what to think about ancient history or much else. It is the common thread connecting why the ancient Hebrews, Yahad/Essene, Jews, Gnostics, Cathars, Templars, Dead Sea Scrolls, DaVinci Code, and others have been targets of Rome’s ire and evil machinations. The Vatican and its secret society cohorts don’t want you to understand that the ancient Hebrew symbology in all of these texts purposely encodes and exposes the truth about them. Furthermore, the structure of ancient wisdom symbology verifiably encodes the rules to decode messages built with it. This is what they most fear you will discover.

If the Bible represented the literal truth or even accurate history, there would be no need for faith in the assertions of deceptive and duplicitous clergy and their ilk. It is undeniable the New Testament is awash with ancient Hebrew symbolism and allegory. The same is evidenced in the Old Testament, Dead Sea Scrolls, Gnostic texts, biblical apocrypha, Quran, DaVinci Code, and other related sources. All ancient religious, mystical, and wisdom texts have been shrouded in mystery for millennia for one primary reason: The ability to understand their widely evidenced symbology was lost in antiquity. How do we finally solve these ages-old mysteries? To recast an often-used political adage: It’s [the] symbology, stupid!

It is beyond amazing that the Vatican still tries to insist the Gospels are the literal truth. Every miracle purported for Jesus has multiple direct symbolic parallels in the Old Testament, Apocalypse, Dead Sea Scrolls, and other symbolic narratives and traditions. Recasting the symbolism of earlier Hebrew texts as literal events in the New Testament is one of the central deceptions associated with Christianity. This is part of the secret knowledge held by the ancient Gnostics, Templars, Cathars, and others, which is presented with dramatic effect in the DaVinci Code. None of these narratives or stories were ever intended as the literal truth. This fact is the key to unraveling many ages-old mysteries and exposing the truth about the Vatican's long-term deceptions.

Moreover, the following Washington Post article (The Book of Bart) describes how many changes and embellishments were made to New Testament texts over the centuries, unequivocally demonstrating they are not original, infallible, or truthful. When you combine proof that the New Testament Gospels are not wholly literal with proof that these texts were heavily reworked in the early years of Christianity, you are left with only one possible conclusion. The Vatican has long lied to everyone about the central tenets and history of Christianity. This revelation also proves they are not the Creator’s representatives but Her longtime opponents. The recent hoopla over the Gospel of Judas and DaVinci Code demonstrates they are still desperately trying to deceive the world and obfuscate their true nature and activities.

It's no wonder the Vatican fears the truth more than anything else. As further proof of these assertions, seek to understand the symbolic significance of my name (Seven Star Hand) and you will have proof beyond disproof that Jews, Christians, and Muslims have long been duped by the great deceivers I warned humanity about over the millennia. What then is the purpose of "faith" but to keep good people from seeking to understand the truth?

Now comes justice, hot on its heels... (symbolism...)

Not only do I talk the talk, I walk the walk...
Here is Wisdom!!

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