The Templars True Face

Artist's Description

The Templars’ True Face
By Darren Bailey LRPS

Modest missionaries, fighting for Christianity
this was how the Templars presented themselves to the ordinary people. Undeservedly, they were perceived to be saints of great virtue, mentors of Christianity, devoted to aiding the poor and the needy.
It’s amazing that they managed to create such a positive image while leading lives contrary to Christian teachings and, on the way acquiring status and wealth through donations, trade, banking and even looting.
The few who discovered their true identity did not dare to speak out against this powerful order.

The Templars became increasingly confident and impertinent in their practices and in disseminating their teachings, trusting in the unjustifiably positive image they had managed to create throughout society.
This in turn led to an increase in the numbers who witnessed their perversion and began to whisper about it.

Rumors and complaints circulated about the Templars.
There were increasingly credible accusations that they engaged in forbidden practices and other wrongdoing and that was why they operated under strict secrecy.
People had begun to whisper of secret rites performed in their palaces, rituals of Satanist worship, and various immoral relationships.

The documents at hand, together with the allegation made against the Templars, demonstrated that this was no ordinary order of knights. It was a darker organization altogether: one of perverted faith, frightening methods, and cunning strategies. It was well organized and well prepared, always scheming, always ready and dangerous, and-unlike anything seen before-forward thinking, with comprehensive plans for the future.

The Templars revered an idol of Baphomet; a demon with the head of a goat, whose image was later to become the symbol of The Church of Satan.

Piece created using a Nikon D90 and a Nikkor 18-105vr
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Also used

1 x Knights Templar Sword
Fake blood
Manfrotto LED Light panels
A Sprinkle of imagination and research

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