Friday, March 15, 2013

Beziers - St. Nazaire. Cathar Crusade Travesty Shielded. Under Wraps. Hide the Slaughter

Where is the Cathar sign?  Beziers.  This is the exterior of the Cathedral St. Nazaire in Beziers, a lovely city with a meandering river below a bluff where a lovely Cathar Christian church once was, and where a not-so-lovely conglomerate as reconstructed after the Crusade conflagration stands now - Cathedral St. Nazaire. 

The Orb River, and the cathedral from a distance, look picture-postcard.  See  From the exterior, see the only public reference to history here:  "Place de la Revolution" -- Place of the Revolution, dating from Napoleon times -- this time Napoleon III in 1851.

That is a travesty.  Where is the memorial to the Christians, Cathar and Roman Catholic, burned, killed in this one scene from the Pope's 13th Century Albigensian Crusade.

 Go back to "creme de languedoc".  After discussion of the Roman influence there, the site notes this:  that in the 13th Century, some 20,000 Christian Cathars mingled with Roman Catholic Christians were killed in the Pope's Albigensian (named for the city of Albi where many lived) Crusade, and that many sought refuge in churches.

This was one of those churches, thousands burned alive. Burn them all, God will know his own, was the watchword, as Cathars and Roman Catholics alike were slaightered.  They had lived together in harmony and mutual prosperity for several hundred years, see  They believed in a dualism in theology, as many others also did, but the Catholic Church decided that was wrong.  They were right. And so the Cathars and others of differing interpretations of scripture historically also died as heretics for hundreds of years.

Kill them all.  God will know his own.  See

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Carcassonne - Jesse Tree, Teutonic Crusader Cross

Carcassonne: How and who was relevant to the religious world 

 Stained glass windows were teaching tools.  The illiterate faithful could see, and learn.  Here is the Jesse Tree Window at Carcassonne, showing Adam and Eve, and, the branches of the tree producing the fruit each is eating simultaneously, are not just branches.  They represent the roots that then go to Jesus, a direct line, seen barely in this poor photograph.  See Jesse Trees at

Is there such a connection?  Theology wanted to think so, and so put it out there. Note Eve's belly.  Protruding.  But she and Adam did not do it until they left Eden, is that so?  Did they even to it then, or did Eve bargain with G_d to have a child, signifying an equality of relationship between the woman and the deity that the first, if we use that version of the story, did not have.  See the Hebrew phonetic "gnithi" or bargaining concept, with G_d, so who fathered what? Why? Love ambiguity; See See also, for all semantics, linguistics vetters, a free download.

Of particular interest is the set of ordinary people figures preserved at the Carcassonne Cathedral.  This recalls (which is first?) the full-circle of ordinary heads around the altar area (outside) at Sibenik St. James' Cathedral, Croatia.  There came a time when stonecutters carved not just hypothetical faces of saints, but the rest of us. See the Sibenik faces at Croatia Road Ways, Sibenik

With grates to keep pigeons at bay appreciate the old structures holding the dome of the apse, Carcassonne Cathedral.

The old chi rho cross: see the symbol of the Teutonic Order from the Crusades, Order of Teutonic Knights of St. Mary's Cross in Jerusalem, dating from 1190. See It was German crusaders who joined with the Hospitallers and expelled, killed the Cathars.  See