Saturday, January 16, 2010


The Basque country's Santiago de Compostella in north-west Spain, the home of a major cathedral and a shrine reportedly to St. James, had once publicly rivaled Rome in popularity as a place of holy pilgrimage. Today, it remains one of the three main destinations of Western Freemasonry's 'Shriners', along with Rome and the temple at Jerusalem.

Aside from being the final resting place of the so-called St. James the Just, this ancient pilgrim centre is also considered to be the burial place of Priscillian of Avila. He was the founder of a heretical Gnostic movement at the time of the publication of the Christian Bible in Turkey - during the fourth century AD. Priscillian was condemned to death, along with five of his followers, in 386 AD. Some say that it is to he, and not to James, that the shrine at Santiago de Compostella was dedicated.

Priscillian is also known under many other names; such as The Black Pirate, The Thief of Baghdad and the Son of Zorro (Zoroastrian). He was immortalized in film by Douglas Fairbanks playing the principle character of a shipwrecked nobleman's pursuit of the cutthroats who sank his father's ship and who also romanced Billie Dove (Freemasonry). In fact Priscillian was more like George Hamilton's later portrayal of him in the film titled Zorro-the Gay Blade.

PS: Avila College is located in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Zorro character is a mirror image of Zoroaster. The first steals from the rich while the second steals from the poor. The name Zorro means 'FOX' which, alpha-numerically, converts to 666.

The Mark of Zorro (1920)