What on earth is Baphomet? Whatever the nature of this diabolical figure – the Knights Templar were accused of worshipping him, her or it!
Variously described as the head of John the Baptist; the head of a devil that talked; a many-faced demon; a cat; a prophet and possibly Jesus Christ. You name it – Baphomet has been linked. But most of us struggle to understand what exactly this demon is. All we know for sure is that during the trials of the Knights Templar between 1307 and 1314 – there were repeated allegations that the knights worshipped a curious head.
It seems there was more than one head. And some were carved while others were painted on the wall. If you read the accounts of the trials, the rituals with these heads were quite trippy. Almost as if the knights had dropped a tab of acid. This head spoke to them, commanding the Knights Templar to do its bidding.
That seemed to involve rather homoerotic and pornographic scenes that of course knights later confessed they were disgusted by – or coerced into. Yet we are no closer to knowing the true nature of Baphomet.
Did the Knights Templar steal Baphomet from Constantinople?
In the Fourth Crusade, a huge crusader force sacked the Christian city of Constantinople. This action was condemned by the Pope and flew in the face of the stated objective of the Crusades – to recover the Christian holy places from Muslim rule. Instead, another (very rich) Christian city was despoiled.
Once the crusaders got in to the city, they burnt and plundered with an unseemly ferocity and made a point of desecrating the ancient cathedral of the Hagia Sophia (holy wisdom). This included crowning a whore on the bishop’s throne. There is a contemporary description of this event:
Nay more, a certain harlot, a sharer in their guilt, a minister of the furies, a servant of the demons, a worker of incantations and poisonings, insulting Christ, sat in the patriarch’s seat, singing an obscene song and dancing frequently.
Did the Knights Templar make off with the head of Baphomet?
Constantinople was dripping with holy relics. If you wanted a crumb from the Last Supper or a fish from the miracle of the loaves and the fishes – this was the place! Could it be that during the destruction of the city, the Knights Templar acquired the head of Baphomet, which they subsequently worshipped in a heretical manner?
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The truth is we don’t know. But under torture many Knights Templar were adamant they had worshipped such a head and hung on its every demonic word.