THE BAPHOMET OF MENDES & THE FLEUR-DE-LIS
THe BaPHoMeT oF MeNDeS & THe FLeuR-De-LiS
Both have an ancestry that can be traced from ancient Sumer & ancient Egypt through to France in the Middle Ages & on to their global use in the present day in such places as the logos & shields of the Jesuit (Society of Jesus) universities shown below.
The fleur-de-lis is a stylised symbolic representation of the Lilium Candidum lily – the “Madonna lily”, which has been described as “a royal flower of the ancient world without equal”. This flower once grew close to Sumer on the nearby slopes of the southern Zagros Mountains. In summarising his analysis on the Sumerian connection of the lily symbol with Egyptian royalty, archaeologist & author David Rohl writes in his book “Legend: The Genesis of Civilisation“: “The heraldic plant motif of Upper Egypt is a lily which grows only in temperate mountain zones. This royal symbol is clear evidence of the foreign origins of the first pharoahs” (P.383) He follows up this research in his subsequent tome “From Eden to Exile: The Epic History of the People of the Bible“.
The deity of the Sumerian city of Eridu was Enki, symbolised by the goat & associated with the zodiac sign of Capricorn, while the deity of the ancient Egyptian city of Mendes was actually the ram-headed Banebdjedet.
19th century French occult author and magician Eliphas Lévi created what became an iconic image that he called the Baphomet of Mendes that is unmistakably ancient in its symbolism, as we can see from the photos of reliefs from Egypt & Sumer below.
Food for thought.
Baphomet, from Eliphas Levi’s “Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie”, 1854
Saint Joseph’s University
The school was founded in 1851 as Saint Joseph’s College by the Society of Jesus.
Saint Louis University
The fleur-de-lys (or fleur-de-lis, plural: fleurs-de-lis; pronounced /ˌfləː(r)dəˈliː/ (pronounced [ˌfləː(r)dəˈlɪs] in Quebec), translated from French as “lily flower”) is a stylized design of either an iris or a lily that is now used purely decoratively as well as symbolically, or it may be “at one and the same time political, dynastic, artistic, emblematic and symbolic”, especially in heraldry. While the fleur-de-lis has appeared on countless European coats of arms and flags over the centuries, it is particularly associated with the French monarchy on a historical context, and nowadays with the Spanish monarchy and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg as the only remaining monarchs of the House of Bourbon. It is an enduring symbol of France that appears on French postage stamps but has not been adopted officially by any of the French republics. By contrast, as Spain is a constitutional monarchy, the fleur-de-lis is associated with the Spanish King Juan Carlos I (of Bourbon descent) and the Kingdom of Spain. In North America, the fleur-de-lis is often associated with areas formerly settled by France, such as Quebec and Louisiana and with the Francophones in other Canadian provinces. It is also the emblem of the Italian Province of Florence, having been added to the Medici palle in the fifteenth century, and of the Swiss Municipality of Schlieren, Zurich. The flag of Bosnia-Hercegovina from 1992-1998 contained several fleurs-de-lis.
Fleurs-de-lis appear on military insignia and the logos of many different organizations, and during the 20th century it was adopted by various Scouting organizations worldwide for their badges. Architects and designers may use it alone or as a repeated motif in a wide range of contexts, from ironwork to bookbinding, especially where a French context is being implied. As a religious symbol it may represent the Trinity, or be an iconographic attribute of the archangel Gabriel, notably in representations of the Annunciation. In such contexts, it is associated with the Virgin Mary.
It is represented in Unicode at U+269C FLEUR-DE-LIS (⚜).
From Ram God of Mendes to Goat of Mendes
Mendes (Μένδης), the Greek name of the Ancient Egyptian city of Djedet, also known in Ancient Egypt as Per-Banebdjedet (“The Domain of the Ram Lord of Djedet”) and Anpet, is known today as Tell El-Ruba (Arabic: تل الربع).
The city is located in the eastern Nile delta ( ) and was the capital of the 16th Lower Egyptian nome of Kha, until it was replaced by Thmuis in Greco-Roman Egypt. The two cities are only several hundred meters apart. During the 29th dynasty, Mendes was also the capital of Ancient Egypt, which lies on the Mendesian branch of the Nile (now silted up), about 35 km east of al-Mansurah.
The chief deities of Mendes were the ram deity Banebdjedet (lit. Ba of the Lord of Djedet), who was the Ba of Osiris, and his consort, the fish goddess Hatmehit. With their child Har-pa-khered (“Horus the Child”), they formed the triad of Mendes.
The ram deity of Mendes was described by Herodotus in his History (Book II, 42)[Robin Waterfield translation] as being represented with the head and fleece of a goat: “…whereas anyone with a sanctuary of Mendes or who comes from the province of Mendes, will have nothing to do with (sacrificing) goats, but uses sheep as his sacrificial animals… They say that Heracles’ overriding desire was to see Zeus, but Zeus was refusing to let him do so. Eventually, as a result of Heracles’ pleading, Zeus came up with a plan. He skinned a ram and cut off his head, then he held the head in front of himself, wore the fleece, and showed himself to Heracles like that. That is why the Egyptian statues of Zeus have a ram’s head, is why rams are sacred to the Thebans, and they do not use them as sacrificial animals. However there is just one day of the year–the day of the festival of Zeus–when they chop up a single ram, skin it, dress the statue of Zeus in the way mentioned, and then bring the statue of Heracles up close to the statue of Zeus. Then everyone around the sanctuary mourns the death of the ram and finally they bury it in a sacred tomb.”
Presumably following Herodotus’ description, the occultist Eliphas Levi in his Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie (1855) called his goat-headed conception of Baphomet the “Baphomet of Mendes”, thus popularizing and perpetuating this incorrect attribution, which has given rise to a flood of spurious connections, such as “The Goat of Mendes” by the blackened death metal band Akercocke
Sigil of Baphomet
Church of Satan
Society of Jesus
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- ANTON LAVEY, BANEBDJEDET, BAPHOMET, CHURCH OF SATAN, DAVID ROHL, DOGME ET RITUEL DE LA HAUTE MAGIE, EGYPT, ELIPHAS LEVI, FLEUR DE LIS, FLEUR DE LYS, GOAT OF MENDES, JESUITS, JUAN CARLOS I, KING JUAN CARLOS, LEGEND, MENDES, OCCULTISM, RAM LORD OF DJEDET, SAINT JOSEPH'S UNIVERSITY, SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY, SOCIETY OF JESUS, SUMER, SYMBOLISM, SYMBOLOGY, ZAGROS MOUNTAINS