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δημιουργός (dēmiourgós, latinized demiurgus δήμιος

« on: June 18, 2007, 01:33:26 pm »

Baphomet is an idol or image of uncertain provenance. The name can be traced back to medieval times, where it appeared in trial transcripts during the Inquisition of the Knights Templar. It came to popular consciousness in the nineteenth century,[1] when it was applied to pseudo-historical conspiracy theories elaborating on the suppression of the Templars, and it became associated with a "Sabbatic Goat" image drawn by Eliphas Lévi.

The name Baphomet traces back to the end of the Crusades, when the medieval order of the Knights Templar was suppressed by King Philip IV of France. On October 13, 1307, King Philip had many French Templars simultaneously arrested, and then tortured into confessions. The name Baphomet comes up in several of these confessions, in reference to an idol of some type that the Templars were said to have been worshipping. The description of the object changed from confession to confession, being described as either a severed head, a cat, or a head with three faces.

The charge was notable because it was different from usual forced confessions. Over 100 different charges had been leveled against the Templars, most of them clearly false, as they were the same charges that were leveled against other of King Philip's enemies. For example, he had earlier kidnapped Pope Boniface VIII and charged him with near identical offenses of heresy, spitting and urinating on the cross, and sodomy. However, the charges about the worship of an idol named Baphomet, were unique to the Inquisition of the Templars.[3][4]

Malcolm Barber, in his 1994 The New Knighthood, believes that the name of Baphomet in the trial depositions was an Old French corruption of the name Mohammed.[5] The interpretation was that some of the Templars, through their long occupation of the Outremer, had begun incorporating Islamic ideas into their belief system.

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