It was not actually supposed that I would end up in the Pyrenees to enjoy my retirement, but in Antibes or Cavalaire sur Mer, France. Under the circumstances, and perhaps intuition about the diverse ways to “manage” the events in the right direction I ended up in the Pyrenees with Catharina.
Well, it’s not the first time that my original plans will be discarded by the jury any long arm and a long life with experience in the backpack has helped to spur on the way to the goal or place where things fit my wishes without even the know the details in advance.
Nature with mountains, lakes and rivers has always been a magnet for my own entertainment and curiosity, and just that is found in large quantities in these parts together with a good climate all year round. The main factors are therefore satisfied for my body, soul and mind and ought to be enough for a good and fruitful retirement.
It obviously takes some time before the details arrive in an old man’s widely used brain cells, but when the backyard is almost full of Cathar castles, caves and large archaeological finds are curiosity intensified with the historical spectacles which has always had my interest although I often read French in school history hours.
And now we are here in the foothills of the Pyrenees with mysterious, invisible, unknown but also a few facts we know about this very exciting area from the ancient times.
Local people say that the area has healing properties. Some of them make medical poultices with it. After heavy rains this red earth washes into streams, and flows into the river Aude. During particularly heavy rains the Aude River turns red as it flows first from the North down its valley all the way to Carcassonne and then East into the Mediterranean Sea.
Firstly, we are close to the so-called Cathar area – A very scenic and mountainous landscape with the river Aude that winds through the mountains and valleys. It is here we find the many Cathar castles built in during the 11. and 12, centuries. Most castles are partially destroyed and witnesses on many years of fighting against Catholics who absolutely were not on speaking terms with the Cathars. And that was the usual story – A war between the two parties based on a religious strife – The Cathars way of life and faith was not in line with the Catholic’s and thus the Pope’s blessing.
The Pope, Innocent III, called a formal Crusade against the Cathars of the Languedoc, appointing a series of military leaders to head his Holy Army. From 1208, a war of terror was waged against the indigenous population and their rulers: Raymond VI of Toulouse, Raymond-Roger Trencavel, Raymond Roger of Foix in the first generation and Raymond VII of Toulouse, Raymond Trencavel II, and Roger Bernard II of Foix in the second generation. During this period an estimated 500,000 Languedoc men. women and children were massacred – Catholics as well as Cathars.
Archaeologists have been digging for years, studied and searched for more facts about the Cathar people, and they do so to this day. In the area there are a myriad of smaller or larger caves which today awakened a lot of “sleep-walking” people on earth.
During World War II caused the area much attention to the Nazis, who reportedly supported a German man called Otto Rahn. Some believe that he really did find the Grail and with it the secret of life eternal. To this day, it is widely believed that this enigmatic young man knew the whereabouts of one of the most sacred relics in all Christendom – the Most High Holy Grail.
After World War II continued private searching for more and later became a film known as The Da Vinci Code. The Da Vinci Code film, like the book, was considered controversial. It was met with especially harsh criticism by the Roman Catholic Church for the accusation that it is behind a two-thousand-year-old cover-up what the Holy Grail really is and the concept, that Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene were married and that the union produced a daughter. Many members urged the laity to boycott the film. Two secret organizations, the Priory of Sion and the Council of Shadows, whose existence is a polarizing issue, figure prominently in the story. In the book, Dan Brown insists that the Priory of Sion and “…all descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents and secret rituals in this novel are accurate”.
The French Government took the consequence of the senseless killings and blockages perhaps caused by humans in the conspiracy’s iron fists, and stated that excavations and research in “our backyard” now was led by the French government and everything that was relevant in a historical context should be shown on the table. Why this? – Well, myths have firstly been dosed according to man’s usual urges to dramatize mystery, where a feather may quickly turn into five hens. Another momentum is the limited facts that are found around Jesus and his any family, who may have lived here – after the crucifixion!
The latter is of course “explosives” in Class A and the French government does not want false myths on the table but real facts in the form of proof material. Difficult it is of course to assess whether the French government enters the scene with the heart or a political tactical initiative – the conspiracy’s executioners are here there and everywhere and religious fanatics have never hesitated the use of influential people – at worst killings of persons who are “close” to the truth proof material.
All this is of course beneath the surface under cover of darkness and without any public knowledge. The Cathars reportedly had great respect and love for Jesus and may have held historical material that could turn upside down everything we do know about Jesus and his surroundings. Much of what we know or do not know is the lore from mouth to mouth and if I’m drawing a comparison with our great “foot-lore” in today’s world is it somewhat “come-si-come-sa” with my own perception of the truth criteria,
Well, some people immerse themselves in the earth’s surface and below, while others are more interested in the outer universe … The last is of course an extension of past teachings and just before and now are two very different aspects. The mystery and the invisible exists in both places and perhaps one of man’s driving forces that can open the eyes and ears towards facts without playing around it with just visions and hazy dreams of the paradise conditions.
….And I notice that people around here rarely talk about God, but specifically about the Good God.