Evidence the Knights Templar Migrated to Brazil

Brazilian Knights Templar

In the heart of Brazil lies a cave with carvings that may rewrite history. Long before Columbus set foot in the New World, a Medieval society had already taken root. Now researchers are looking for what drove this group across the Atlantic Ocean. 

What were they in search of, and what secrets do they now offer the world? A new documentary titled, “The Brazilian Templars Mystery,” sheds light on one of the most overlooked clues to our past and one of the most intriguing and misunderstood cult of warriors — the Knights Templar.

Around 1118 A.D., Hugues de Payens, a French knight, created a military order, along with eight relatives and acquaintances, who became known as the Knights Templar. The order grew rapidly into a large organization of devout Christians during the Middle Ages, charged with an important mission: to protect European travelers on their pilgrimage to the Holy Land and carry out military operations that would ensure a free flow of unhindered pilgrims. 

The members of this colorful order of knights swore oaths of poverty and chastity and wore a distinctive badge bearing a red cross on a white mantle. As pilgrimages grew in intensity, so did the numbers of Templars until they became Medieval Christendom’s leading military order.

Over time, the Templars gained a reputation as a wealthy, powerful, and mysterious order that was well-known for their activities as droves of travelers made their way to the holy sites of Jerusalem. When Christian armies wrested control of Jerusalem in 1099 A.D., the Templars opened the floodgates for more and more pilgrims to join. 

While the Templars met with some criticism at the outset, everything quickly changed in 1129 A.D., when the warriors were given a blessing by the Catholic Church. Ten years later, Pope Innocent II granted them special rights, including exemption from paying taxes, permission to build their own oratories, and freedom from all authority except that of the Pope. However, nearly 200 years afterward, the Knights Templar fell out of favor, leading the French King Philip IV to not only strip them of their rights and privileges but also to imprison hundreds of their legion in a well-fortified dungeon in Domme, southwestern France.

The Brazilian Templars Mystery is the story of Dr. Kathleen Ball — explorer, researcher, historian, and adventurer — whose travels take her and her friend Adele deep into a land of breathtaking vistas, running waterfalls, and lush mountainous jungle. 

As they explore the area, they come upon a stranger who tells them of a mysterious vein of quartz rock stretching for miles nearby. With their curiosities piqued, Bell and her friend set off with the man across the hilly terrain. Soon after, they come across a discovery that could forever transform history’s understanding of the Knights Templar: Finding a nondescript cave in the thick brush, Bell and her companion are struck with images of the Templar’s cross etched into the cave’s walls.

Immediately, Ball connected the engravings in the Brazilian cave with those in a dungeon in France that she visited six years prior, in May 2009. The prison once held hundreds of Knights Templar that were sentenced to death by King Philip IV in the early 1300s. Still adorning the dank, porous walls of the French prison are carved depictions of crosses, male figures, and other images. 

Ball took hundreds of photographs, stunned by the eerie environs of the French prison. There was no mistaking the similarities between what Ball found in the Medieval dungeon and what she discovered in Brazil. Both had the mark of the Knights Templar indelibly carved into the walls.

Knowing they had lost their stronghold in the Holy Land and that their entire order was in jeopardy of annihilation, the Knights Templar took drastic measures, leading them to traverse the Atlantic Ocean in search of their own New World. 

The Templars arrived in Brazil in the 1200s, centuries before Columbus would announce the discovery of the Americas to Europe. Fleeing across the world to safety, this band of Templars effectively escaped the fates of their comrades at the hand of King Philip IV.

Ball notes, “‘The Templars, as is well known, owned most of the ships during the 12th-through-14th centuries, and commanded the most powerful and organized fighting army and sailing crews, and had amassed a huge fortune and were being persecuted by both King Philip the Fair and the Catholic Church. They needed lands where they could further their agenda.” The biggest mystery still seems to be the how, when, and who of their epic resettlement.

There already exists a tremendous mystery around the Knights Templar and their secret mission to secure their religious practices from persecution from the Church, and Ball uncovers a seemingly impossible trail from France, to Portugal, to the Brazilian wilderness, where the Knights Templar were able to regroup and settle.

Olmec Colossal Heads: What Are They?

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Many ancient civilizations left behind intrigue even archaeologists still puzzle over today. In South America alone, we see cases of anomalous disappearances and unexplained history such as the Incas’ abandoned citadel, Machu Picchu, and the mysterious Mayans’ disappearance, which continue providing fodder for questions about what really happened to these societies.

When it comes to the Olmec people, one giant factor continues to be debated: their colossal heads.

Not of the people themselves, but the 8-ton sculptures of heads they buried underground. The Olmec heads have become yet another famous and mysterious element of ancient cultures we just haven’t solved yet.

Olmec People and Civilization

The Olmec people lived in Southeastern Mexico between 1,500 and 400 B.C., in the lowlands of what is today Tabasco and Veracruz. They are credited with being the first civilization to develop in Mesoamerica, with the Olmec heartland being one of the six cradles of civilization.

Olmecs were the first inhabitants of the Americas to settle in towns and cities with monumental architecture. Evidence has also been found for Olmec hieroglyphs around 650 B.C., as well as scripts on roller stamps and stone artifacts. The fine Olmec artwork survived in several ways, including figurines, sculptures, and of course, the colossal heads.

While the Olmecs seem to have been well-established tradesmen with routes, the civilization vanished around 300 B.C. , although its influence is obvious in the Mayan and Aztec civilizations that followed.

Olmec Colossal Heads

The Olmec colossal heads are aptly named — of the 17 uncovered in the region, the average weight is around 8 tons, standing three meters tall and four and a half meters circumference. Perhaps more than any other aspect of the Olmec heads, their size is cause for a great deal of analysis and speculation.

The heads were carved from a single basalt boulder retrieved from Cerro Cintepec in the Tuxtla Mountains. After their creation, the heads were then transported 100 kilometers to their final destination where they were buried. Most of the heads are wearing a protective helmet, which was worn by the Olmec during battle and the Mesoamerican ballgame, and it is likely they were originally painted with bright colors.

While the heads have been dated to either the Early Preclassic period (1500–1000 BC) and the Middle Preclassic (1000–400 BC) period, it is difficult to say for sure, given that many were removed from their prior contexts before archaeological excavation.

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