Templar Legends: Skull of Sidon

Skull and CrossBones

When one thinks of the “Skull and Cross-Bones” our minds are drawn back to medieval times, of piracy on the high seas, with the likes of Black Beard.  The legend of the so called “Jolly Roger” is macabre to say the least, one of lost love and a Templar.

So join me as I delve into its history…

A great Lady of Maraclea, whose lover was of the Templar Order, and a Lord of Sidon was devastated at her death.

As darkness fell following her burial, this Templar committed the worst thing possible, he dug up her body and violated it.

A voice spoke to him, out of the darkness; return in nine months, and he would have a son.  At the appointed time, nine months to the day, he returned and opened the grave once more.  He discovered a head on leg bones, and a voice spoke; guard it well, for it be the giver of good things, and he scurried away with his prize.

He defeated his enemies in battle, by raising this macabre head for all to see.

The Order of the Knights Templar adopted the white Skull and Crossbones on a black cloth, which became the battle flag of the Knights Templar.  The flag became a talisman, designed to strike fear into opposing sailors…

In time the Skull and Crossbones became one of the possessions of the Knights Templar, and was called upon during the Templar trials.

The Crusades in the Holy Land came to an end in 1291, when they were driven out by Muslim forces.

Templar Knight; Tibald Gaudin is believed to have been responsible for removal of Templar treasure to Sidon (rendezvous for pirates) and elected Grand Master of the order.

The Skull and Crossbones is believed to have Masonic connections, and in the past the symbol had been used on Masonic grave sites.

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