How to write a Rennes-le-Château paper in 5 minutes
THE PROBLEM OF A (PSEUDO)SCIENCE WITHOUT BOUNDARIES
• SEPTEMBER 18, 2007
Since the 1960's, tons of papers have been published - both in printed reviews and recently on websites - about the so-called "Rennes-le-Château enigma". If you want to feel the exciting experience of being a Rennes-le-Château expert, you just need an Internet connection and be a master of the cut-and-paste technique: in 5 minutes you'll be able to create a marvellous "Rennes-le-Château paper" to be published for the pleasure of the enigma-addicted readers.
Start from cutting-and-pasting some lines from "Rennes-le-Château" on Wikipedia:
Some architecture in the area dates back a thousand years, such as the church in the Rennes-le-Chateau parish, which was dedicated to Mary Magdalene in 1059. It was renovated in the late 1800s by the local priest, Berenger Sauniere, though the source of his funds at the time was controversial (see below) and some of the additions to the church appear unusual to modern eyes. One of the new features added to the church was an inscription above the front door, which said, Teribilis es locus iste. Inside the church, one of the added figures was of the demon Asmodeus which was reputed to govern 72 inferior demons and some authorities say was the inspiration for the Satan character.
If really were an expert, you would immediately see the latin inscription is wrong and the identity of the demon as Amodeus cannot be traced to any Saunière document: it is just a hypothesis first seen in the 1960's. But no problem at all: the target of your paper will not be the trained persons who'd be able to spoil it!
Now choose one keyword in the quoted text and look for it again in Wikipedia - for example "72". Be clever: choose esoteric keywords!
Now you can add the new chapter Symbology of the number 72: cut-and-paste a line from the article dedicated to number 72:
72 is the conventional number of scholars translating the Septuagint, according to the legendary account in the "Letter of Aristeas", the conventional number of disciples sent forth by Jesus in Luke 10 in some manuscripts (seventy in others), the number of names of God, according to Kabbalah (see names of God in Judaism), the Shemhamphorasch related to the number of the names of God, the total number of books in the Holy Bible in the Catholic version if the Book of Lamentations is considered part of the Book of Jeremiah, the number of warriors on the Muslim side at the Battle of Badr, the number of people martyred along with Imam Hussain at the Battle of Karbala, the number of soldiers who will fight alongside Imam Mahdi against the Dajjal, according to Islamic ahadith, the number of virgins a Muslim might get as a reward in Heaven, according to some critics of Islam.
Add a paranoic line like this:
This proves that Saunière was someway linked to Kabbalah, Judaism and Islam.
Be proud of this line: it's your first inedit paragraph! Now add an image about "kabbalah" randomly downloaded from here.
Choose again a keyword from the quoted text - for example "Letter of Aristeas", start a new chapter (titled "Letter of Aristeas enigma" or "The mystery of Letter of Aristeas" or "Letter of Aristeas, an esoteric work") and cut-and-past some text again from Wikipedia:
The so-called Letter of Aristeas is a pseudepigraphical Hellenistic work. Josephus (Antiquities XII:ii passim) ascribes to Aristeas a letter, written to Philocrates, describing the Greek translation of the Hebrew Law by seventy-two interpreters sent into Egypt from Jerusalem at the request of the librarian of Alexandria, resulting in the Septuagint translation.
Early philological analysis claimed the letter was a forgery. In 1684, Humphrey Hody published Contra historiam Aristeae de LXX. interpretibus dissertatio, in which he argued that the so called "Letter of Aristeas" was the late forgery of a Hellenized Jew, originally circulated to lend authority to that version. Isaac Vossius (1618-1689), who had been librarian to Queen Christina of Sweden, published a rebuttal to it, in the appendix to his edition of Pomponius Mela.
Consider that the tour can go on as long as you want. "Pomponius Mela" offers you a good hint. Look for it in Wikipedia and - as you have done before - cut-and-paste:
Pomponius Mela, who wrote around AD 43, was the earliest Roman geographer. [...]
Now you probably get the point: it doesn't matter what you quote, you just need to give "hints" towards an esoteric interpretation of the events occured in Rennes-le-Château.
The only ability you need is to find good keywords. It could occur that the path does not offer good keywords; no problem: come back to the previous keyword and start a fresh, new path.
For example, from "Letters of Aristeas" you can move to "Christina of Sweden":
Christina was born in Stockholm and her birth occurred during a rare astrological conjunction that fueled great speculation on what influence the child, fervently hoped to be a boy, would later have on the world stage. [...]In 1656 Christina planned to become Queen of Naples. Her plans involved the help of French military. She had made an agreement with Cardinal Mazarin. [...] Christina's reign was controversial, and literature circulated during her lifetime that described her as participating in multiple affairs with both men and women. This, along with the emotional letters that she wrote to female friends, has caused her to become an icon for the lesbian community.
Let's now introduce the concept of multi-choice:
- If you are interested in astrology, you can now move to Serpent Rouge and its zodiacal structure.
- If you are Poussin-addicted, you can now move - via "Cardinal Mazarin" - to Poussin's connection with Mazarin and Fouquet.
- If you are sex-addicted, you can now follow the "lesbian" connection through the poet Sappho, Arcadia, etc.
The paper will fit better your personal style if you choose the correct link. In this case, just because 4 minutes have passed, we decide to finish the article by choosing the most trivial conclusion: Mazarin, Fouquet, Poussin and bla-bla-bla...
What is the mysterious link between Christina and Rennes-le-Château?
Note the subtle move: it is not an assertion, just a question. But a very interesting question, suggesting that there is a connection between them!
Now just hint - do not affirm anything! You could be found wrong! A chain of persons is always good:
Christina made an agreement with Cardinal Mazarin. But Mazarin was linked with Nicolas Poussin.
Some final questions are a "must":
Did they share the secret of Rennes-le-Château? Was it linked to Kabbalah? This hypotesis should evaluated with care.
Click here to evaluate the result.
Lot of compliments! In five minutes the "no-boundaries" Rennologism has found a new master: you.
If you are good with Photoshop, another 5 minutes can be spent to announce a book in which the theory will be explained in details:
What kind of reactions can you expect? The result has been thoroughly tested: the article has been quoted here and variously commented.
Segovius defined it "Very interesting..." (1) and started a long discussion about the core of the article: Cabala, Islam and their connections.
Roscoe was even already aware (!) of the absurd theory proposed, and wrote: "I too have arrived at the connection between Christina of Sweden and Rennes le Chateau from a completely different direction" (2).
bergeredearcadie confirmed Roscoe's opinion, announcing the future publication of an article about the same theme ("I first talked about a connection with Christina of Sweden in 2000 via an article i wrote for the Rennes Observer" (3)).
There was not a single reader who noticed the fact the article was a complete nonsense, a random collection of texts with meaningless connections.
The same reaction was gotten abroad: in an Italian forum the user DonJuan admitted that "it is possible something like that" (4). Like what, the article being a complete nonsense?
There's a reason to be worried about the fact it is impossible, for some readers, to distinguish between the typical "Rennes-le-Château paper" and its parody...