Did the Knights Tem­plar wor­ship an IDOL?

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What is Baphomet?” It’s a ques­tion the mem­bers of the Knights Tem­plar are to hear re­peat­edly, fol­low­ing their ar­rest and torture on Fri­day 13th Oc­to­ber 1307 by troops loyal to the French king, Philip IV. The Tem­plars are said to have wor­shipped the idol – a black statue with three faces and a beard. Later, Baphomet was de­picted in a dif­fer­ent way with devil horns and ea­gle wings. How­ever, their tor­tur­ers be­lieved that Baphomet was more than an idol: they were con­vinced it was a code – be­hind which the source of power of the Knights Tem­plar was hid­den.

How­ever, al­though the knights con­fessed un­der torture to acts like sodomy and blas­phemy, no in­for­ma­tion about the Baphomet code was re­vealed. For cen­turies it ap­peared un­break­able. Un­til his­to­ri­ans dis­cov­ered some­thing sur­pris­ing: Baphomet was a com­mon re­gional name for the founder of Is­lam: the prophet Muham­mad.

So did the Chris­tian Tem­plars wor­ship the Mus­lim prophet? It seems im­prob­a­ble, but there may be some truth be­hind the leg­end. That’s be­cause the Knights Tem­plar and the Mus­lims were not as hos­tile to each other as the Church liked to think. In­stead, the knights adopted the Arabs’ tech­nol­ogy and knowl­edge and made them their own. They even fought along­side the Mus­lim As­sas­sins. The Tem­plars went on to be­come one of the most pow­er­ful forces in Europe – un­til they were fi­nally crushed.

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