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10-29-2004, 08:33 AM
the knights templar

The first of the military orders, the Knights Templar or Poor Knights of Christ were founded in 1118 in the aftermath of the First Crusade to help the new Kingdom of Jerusalem maintain itself against its defeated Muslim neighbors, and to ensure the safety of the large numbers of European pilgrims that flowed towards Jerusalem after its conquest.

The Templars were organized as a monastic order, following a rule created for them by Bernard of Clairvaux, the founder of the Cistercian Order. The Templars were well-connected and quickly became prime movers in the international politics of the Crusades period. In time, they were endowed with several extraordinary Papal bulls (see Omne Datum Optimum) that permitted them, among other things, to levy taxes and accept tithing in the areas under their direct control, facilitating their quick rise to institutional power.

There were four divisions of brothers in the Templars:

the knights, equipped as heavy cavalry;
the sergeants, equipped as light cavalry and drawn from a lower social class than the knights;
farmers, who administered the property of the Order;
the chaplains, who were ordained priests and saw to the spiritual needs of the Order.

At any time, there were approximately ten people in support positions for each knight. There were brothers devoted only to banking, as the Order was often trusted with precious goods by participants in the Crusades.


The rapid succession of the last direct Capetian kings of France between 1314 and 1328, the three sons of Philip IV the Fair, led many to believe that the dynasty had been cursed thus the name of "cursed Kings" (rois maudits). It is said that Jacques de Molay, the last master of the order, cursed King Philip while lying on his execution pyre.

Lately, fringe researchers and aficionados of esotericism have claimed that the order stored secret knowledge, linking them to the Rosicrucians, the Hashshashin, the Priory of Sion, the Rex Deus, the Cathars, the Hermetics, the Gnostics, the Essenes, and ultimately lost teachings or relics of Jesus, Solomon and Moses. The Order of the Solar Temple is an example of a neo-Templar group that claimed to be a recipient of this esoterica.

However the order was always surrounded by legends concerning secrets and mysteries handed down to the select from ancient times. Perhaps most well known are the those concerning the Holy Grail, the Ark of the Covenant and secrets of building.

Some sources say the Holy Grail was found by the order and taken to Scotland during the scourging of the order in 1307 and that it remains buried beneath Rosslyn Chapel. These stories were first invented by 18th and 19th century romanticists and then by 20th century novelists.

Perhaps the most numerous legends are those concerning the Ark of the Covenant, the chest which contained various sacred objects of ancient Israel including Aaron's rod and, most notably, the tablets of stone inscribed by Moses with the Ten Commandments.

These myths are connected with the long occupation by the order of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Some sources record that they discovered secrets of the master masons who had built the original and second temples secreted there along with knowledge that the Ark had been moved to Ethiopia before the destruction of the first temple. Some allusion to this is made in engravings on the Cathedral at Chartres, often considered to be the first example of what came to known as the gothic style of architecture, great influence over the building of which was had by St. Bernard of Clairvaux, who was also influential in the formation of the order. Further links to both the search by the order for the Ark and to its discovery of ancient secrets of building are suggested by existence of the monolithic Church of St George in Lalibela in Ethiopia, which stands to this day and whose construction is attributed to the Knights Templar. There is also an underground church dated to the same period in Aubeterre in France.

Lastly, there is growing speculation surrounding the possibility that the Knights Templar may have undertaken pre-Columbian voyages to America.

Recent interest in Templar mythology has been sparked in large part to its prominent role in Dan Brown's novel and bestseller, The Da Vinci Code (2003).

10-29-2004, 08:40 AM
Stryfe strykes gold again! This thread could get good.

I've heard about the Templars quite a few times, but it's normally a brief mentioning, without going into detail too much.

10-29-2004, 08:44 AM

10-29-2004, 09:51 AM
A link to teh modern day Knights of the Teplar organization, recognized by the UN:


10-29-2004, 10:57 AM

10-29-2004, 10:59 AM
what about baphomet?

and bob?

10-29-2004, 03:40 PM

^list of secret societies

10-29-2004, 03:46 PM
^oh and that guy's a nutjob.

10-29-2004, 04:04 PM
my older brother shortly served as a chef for the bohemian club in sf. they're not so much a "secret society" but they include some of the most richest dudes in the US. he attended their annual summer camp and although he couldn't tell what was going on, he said that their bonfires seemed ritualistic and kinda eerie.

10-29-2004, 04:07 PM
okay i just looked them up:
The club does a good job of avoiding publicity, although in 1980 Rick Clogher, a writer for MOTHER JONES magazine, managed to slip in to the encampment for four days with the help of an unidentified insider. Brooding over the Grove is a giant rock that looks like an owl. Clogher discovered that the rock is concrete, covered with moss to look natural. The Cremation of Care ritual takes place in front of the owl when, on the first night of camp, robed members burn a doll representing Dull Care.


10-29-2004, 04:13 PM
overview from: http://www.sonomacountyfreepress.com/bohos/San_Francisco_Bohemian_Club_Power_Prestige_and_Globalism.html
Private men's clubs, like the San Francisco Bohemian Club, have historically represented institutionalized race, gender andclass inequality. English gentlemen's clubs emerged during Great Britain's empire 1building period as an exclusive place free of troublesome women, under-classes, and non-whites. Men's clubs were the place where English elites could co-mingle in homogeneous harmony. Copied in the United States, elite private men's clubs served the same self-celebration purposes as their English counterparts. As metropolitan areas emerged, upper-crust white males created new clubs throughout the Americas.

These private men's clubs continued the European traditions of elitism, race superiority and gender exclusion. The San Francisco Bohemian Club was formed in 1872 as a gathering place for newspaper reporters and men of the arts and literature. By the 1880s local businessmen joined the Club in large numbers, quickly making business elites the dominant group. More than 2,500 men are members today. Most are from California, while several hundred originate from some 35 states and a dozen foreign countries. About one-fifth of the members are either
directors of one or more of the Fortune 1000 companies, corporate CEOs, top governmental officials (current and former) and/or members of important policy councils or major foundations. The remaining members are mostly regional business/legal elites with a small mix of academics, military
officers, artists, or medical doctors.

With a historically all white membership, the Bohemian Club became sensitive to civil rights issues in the 1960s and gradually admitted a few men of color. Today they remain 99% white. The Club does continue to maintain its exclusive gender practices. Other then allowing women to work in food service, the shooting range and the parking lot at the Grove-which was forced on them by the California Supreme Court-they have remained defiantly a male-only organization. Class discrimination continues as
well. New Club applicants must be sponsored by two existing members before being considered for admittance.


10-29-2004, 04:19 PM
THE CHOSEN FEW / S.F.'s exclusive clubs carry on traditions of fellowship, culture -- and discrimination (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/07/18/MNGH57NJL51.DTL)
Bohemian Club members dedicate their new home in April 1934. The club was founded by journalists.

10-29-2004, 10:37 PM
that photo is fake, we all know they're really gay bukkake clubs.

10-29-2004, 11:03 PM
skeet skeet skeet!

10-29-2004, 11:22 PM
The Bohemian Club and The Bilderburg Group: both seem like frat-ish secret societies for rich guys, but the bohemian club is rich guy summer camp with wierd rituals while the Bilderburg Group is a society of the most powerful/richest people in the world that meet to discuss global policy.
What about the Masons? The decendants of Atlantean Architects? or another frat for adults?
What the heck are Shriners about anyway? whats the deal with those fezes and cars?

puppy fields
07-19-2010, 08:23 AM

07-19-2010, 01:46 PM
I always wanted a tree house.

07-19-2010, 01:56 PM
Y'all read too much Robert Anton Wilson.

07-19-2010, 02:09 PM
Is the Lounge a secret society?

puppy fields
07-19-2010, 02:19 PM

07-19-2010, 02:25 PM
Is the Lounge a secret society?

The first rule of the Robot Lounge is do not talk about Fight Club.

07-19-2010, 02:29 PM
Who keeps the metric system down?

07-19-2010, 03:00 PM
Is the Lounge a secret society?

there was a secret lounge for awhile. not sure if it still exists. it was a little too "hip" for the likes of me.

07-19-2010, 03:05 PM
If I see you at the meow q, hit me up with the handshake and I'll give you some beers from the special cooler.

07-19-2010, 05:00 PM

07-19-2010, 11:40 PM

Reminds me very much of how in the movie "The Cube" the explanation is that it ended up being a run-away project that began as something designed and managed by a person and grew into something beyond any single person's knowledge or control.

It makes perfect sense really. I'm not sure if its true, but it does make sense. Whether or not its true on a larger level, it makes sense to our level. Since we, on lower levels, have this for our information on what is "really going on" it more or less reaffirms my belief that we, on a societal level, are somewhere between an Orwell novel and a Philip K. Dick short story.