BAPHOMET , the imaginary
See also:symbol or idol which the Knights
See also:Templars were accused of worshipping in their secret
See also:rites . The
See also:term is supposed to be a corruption of Mahomet, who in several
See also:medieval Latin poems seems to be called by this name . J. von
See also:Hammer-Purgstall, in his Mysterium Baphometis relevatum, &c., and Die Schuld der Templer, revived the old
See also:charge against the Templars . The word, according to his
See also:interpretation, signifies the
See also:baptism of Metis, or of
See also:fire, and is, therefore, connected with the impurities of the Gnostic Ophites (q.v.) . Additional evidence of this, according to Hammer-Purgstall, is to be found in the architectural decorations of the Templars' churches . An elaborate
See also:criticism of Hammer-Purgstall's arguments was made in the Journal
See also:des Savans,
See also:March and
See also:April 1819, by M . Raynouard, a well-known defender of the Templars .
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