The Shroud of Turin and the horns of the Devil.

Or how to make a diabolical figure (Baphomet) from the image of
Anti-Anti-Christ (that is Christ Himself)

 

O.K. sends this along in response to by posting, Don’t tell Barbara Frale:

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A few notes:

  • We know from Aldo Guerschi and Michele Salcito work that those waterstains predate the 1532 Chambery fire, and are probably very ancient, dating to the very first centuries of Christianity.
  • The idea is not mine. It has been originally proposed by Krzysztof Tarnowski, writing under the pen name “Nex Arnov” in his book Całun Turyński jest prawdziwy: zmartwychwstanie relikwii Chrstusa (The Shroud of Turin is real: resurrection of the Christ’s relic). It is a little bit amateurish work, definetly pro-authencity (the author is convinced that the 1988 C-14 test is a result of some plot), but has some good insights (and at least one brilliant, which I presented). And the parody description how Templars created the Shroud –marvelous.

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9 thoughts on “The Shroud of Turin and the horns of the Devil.”

  1. Jokes aside, O.K., at the time Saint John the Baptist Cathedral in Turin caught fire it was stated that the city had a big share of satanic sects. What the situation is like now I don’t know, perhaps the number of Vatican exorcists has been increasing due to this. We must hope they are not “Milingos”, like the former archbishop Milingo. Your famous countryman is himself said to have performed two exorcisms there. Yet, there is a lot more that theologians need to study, given the case of Anneliese Michel in Germany.

    1. It is not a joke, Louis.

      Some interrogated Templars claimed that their purported idol was demon-like. For example Raoul de Gizy mentioned that it “seemed to him that it was the figure of a certain demon, called in French un maufé, and that whenever he saw it such a great fear overcame him that he could scarcely look at it except with the greatest fear and trembling.”

      As we can see, if you fold a Shroud at least in the half, (or even better, leaving just the face) you can see figure that may look quite devilish, with those horns (created by watermarks) atop of the head.

      1. Hi O.K.
        The fierce knights never gave up in battle, they gave their lives when needed, and that was the reason Grand Master Jacques de Molay went from Athens to France to discuss plans for a new crusade with (Avignon Pope) Clement VI. He was unable to accept the Fall of Acre.

        The initiation ritual seemed to have been an (instantaneous) glimpse of the Shroud face, the knights did not have “college degrees”, they were simple warrior-monks, they were seeing something that was unexpected. The face was not an exact copy, it must have been something like the one found in Templecombe, where the crusader order had a preceptory.

        The Christ icon in the dome of Monreale cathedral in Sicily is said to have left many with fear.

    1. You don’t catch it, Andy. It is obviously a water stain, but in the eyes of frightened Templar who has not seen the image before, but he has heard some rumors about some secret (and possibly heretical) cult in the order? This is not ridiculous.

  2. OK you wrote: “Some interrogated Templars claimed that their purported idol was demon-like. For example Raoul de Gizy mentioned that it “seemed to him that it was the figure of a certain demon, called in French un maufé, and that whenever he saw it such a great fear overcame him that he could scarcely look at it except with the greatest fear and trembling.”
    As we can see, if you fold a Shroud at least in the half, (or even better, leaving just the face) you can see figure that may look quite devilish, with those horns (created by watermarks) atop of the head.”

    Actually, the two (archaeoparadoliac) Devil’s horn-like are not so much created by watermaks as by the two inverted “V” blood rivulets (as if in the hair on the left) and markings (on the right) at TS Face brow level.

  3. Re the head being cryptically said to be in figuram baffometi

    The very word “baphomet” does wordplay with the Old French phrase “Ba Mauffé”, “Down with the Devil” (referring to Yeshua’s awe inspiring death mask (= the Holy Face of his Holy Shroud with his sole head appearing through the “MONSTRance”, i.e. the crystal rock of a vast oculus as central circular opening in front side of a reliquary). Actually via a pareidolia, his death mask could appear AS IF having “two horns” at brow level.

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