Friday, September 4, 2009

The Louisiana State Flag's Mysterious History

The original, and now restored, Louisiana state flag, features the traditional pelican tearing its bleeding breast to feed its young. Its origin harks to the Knights Templars.

The flag's design has notable similarities to the European pelican motif above the entrance to their Chapel of the Holy Blood in Bruges, Belgium. Built in the 12th century, the shrine takes its name from the vial said to contain the blood of Jesus brought by the Templars from Jerusalem.

Active for two centuries, the Templars came to be regarded as Gnostics linked to proto-Masonic secret societies, causing them to be rounded up and burned at the stake by King Louis IV of France in 1307. The Order was disbanded in 1312 after charges of heresy, but their legacy is still revered in much of Europe, at the Chapel of the Holy Blood, and in their Masonic offshoots, the Rosicrucians, Scottish Rites Masons and the mystery-shrouded Bavarian Illuminati, all of which still employ the Pelican symbolism as well as the Rose and Allseeing Eye, see below. The vulning pelican, Rose Croix and Allseeing Eye are all widely believed to have been introduced into European symbology by the Templars and perpetuated by their Masonic successors despite their controversial origins.