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TANATA is devoted to discussing the paradoxes and the mysteries of life, among which is the paradox of the coexistence of good and evil. “God is love,” John tells us. Evil exists, we would suggest, not because God is detached or unconcerned, but because free will exists which is required for true, unforced love to exist. Still, it is painfully hard to reconcile this paradox. We believe that all evil one day will be judged and destroyed, until then we must pray.

DANIEL 7:13-14

13 “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him.

14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.

REVELATION 1:7

7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

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« Why Does A Black Man Appear On Pope's Shield? »

Pope Benedict XVI’s coat of arms (adopted from his archdiocese in Freising, Germany) features a very interesting and “controversial” image, the significance of which is lost on everybody, even Freising officials and the Pope himself. Amid the other heraldic symbols on the papal shield is the head of an Ethiopian king, known only as “the Moor of Freising” or Caput Aethiopum. But who is “the Moor of Freising”?

The portrait is a caricature of an African male, with pronounced ruby-red lips which suggest the blackface makeup of the minstrel era. ”It’s not good,” says Holy Cross professor of religious studies Matthew Schmalz, who has written about the crest for the Catholic magazine Commonweal. Whoever it is, the Pope has himself chosen to let the symbol serve as an expression of his commitment to the growth of Catholicism in Africa.

Another Coat of Arms Rendering of the Moor of Freisling‘For me, [the African king] is an expression of the universality of the Church,” the then-Cardinal Ratzinger wrote in his 1998 book Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977. But the Pope also wrote that he did not know where the African image came from, though it was prominently featured on his coat of arms when he was archbishop of Munich-Freising. Unofficially, the Vatican has said the image is meant to rally worshipers in Africa, conceding that the African king appeared on the original crest of Benedict XVI when he was a Bishop.

“I do not know its meaning,” the Pope wrote in his memoirs as a Bishop. “The church knows no distinctions of race or class since all are one in Christ.”

‘It probably strikes people as being really odd,” Schmalz says. ”They look at it and think, ‘What is going on here?’ “

Mario Valdes, a researcher for WGBH’s ”Frontline,” strongly believes the black king can be one of only two people: Balthazar, one of the three kings from the ”Orient,” who brings myrrh to the newborn baby Jesus, or Prester John, the mythological king of the ”three Indias,” or, alternatively, Ethiopia. Prester John is a legendary monarch-priest who possessed supernatural powers in ruling over an Eden-like paradise. Though explorers looked for Prester John for three centuries beginning in the medieval period, he and his kingdom were never found.

Pope Alexander III is said to have written a letter to Prester John in 1177, although the Catholic Encyclopedia casts doubt on this event.

But there are two other possible identities for the unknown Moor. He could be St. Maurice, a Roman commander from Africa whose Christian soldiers refused to sacrifice to the pagan gods after an important victory, and were themselves massacred. (Valdes discounts this, noting that Maurice is usually depicted wearing a centurion’s helmet.) And there is a more grisly possibility. At the time of the Crusades, some Christian kings displayed a severed Moor’s head on their flags or crests to symbolize victories over their Islamic enemies. It is conceivable that the king evolved from such an image, if one takes into account the ragged neck, the color of which matches the red lips.

‘It’s certainly one of the possibilities,” Schmalz says.

As for us, the image only further suggests to us that Jesus may have been black, if not an Ethiopian like Adam was, as genetic science and the migration of the first homo sapiens sapiens from Ethiopia — with all races originating from one man — have suggested. Admittedly, this is a stretch, but coupled with the mystery of the Black Virgin and Child (see post below) whom the Knights Templar believed to be the Virgin Mary and Jesus (based on thousands of statuettes brought back from the Holy Land), this image is arguably an important one — though no one knows what it means.

According to the website of the Pope’s former Archdiocese: “The shield, which is divided into three sections, displays the ‘Moor of Freising.’ The Moor’s head, facing left and typically crowned, appeared on the coat of arms of the old principality of Freising as early as 1316, during the reign of the Bishop of Freising, Prince Konrad III, and it remained almost unchanged until the ‘secularization’ of the Church’s estates in that region in 1802-1803. Ever since that time the archbishops of Munich and Freising have included the Caput Aethiopum, the head of an Ethiopian, in their episcopal coat of arms.”

This explanation, in our view, is inadequate. Why did the Bishop of Freising Prince Konrad III choose to display Caput Aethhipum, “the Moor of Freising,” an Ethiopian king, on the coat of arms or shield of the archdiocese? We intend to dig a little deeper to find out. It’s notable that upon the “secularization of the church’s estates” in Munch and Freising in 1802 that the Moor of Freising reportedly did not appear on the coat of arms of the archdiocese. If the Moor of Freising then has some religious significance … who is the Moor of Freising and who might he represent: One of the Magi, a black Saint, St. Mauritius, St. Zeno, St. Sigismund, St. Corbinian, as have been suggested? Prester John? Or King Solomon … or perhaps Jesus?

Reader Comments (25)

Maybe if they elect a black pope that would rally the Africans to become Catholics. I don't think them just having a black African king figure they know absolutely nothing about is going to recruit more blacks.
April 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohn
Matthew 10: 5-6 King Solomon proclaimed "I am black but beautiful, look upon me because iam black". There are also other references in scripture indicating that solomon was a black man (solo mon / sun man). See Song of solomon 1:5-6. If this is true then jesus must have been black also. I beleive that the image on pope benedict XVI sheild is in fact king solomon the true power behind the throne of the papal system. He was the richest and wisest man in all the world. Wisest because he the hunter AKA the hidden one formulated a plan to remain unseen through the passages of time. The undelying theme behind freemasonry revolves around king solomon. The roots of freemasonry are essentially african. The black Knights Templars were said to have practiced rites involving worshipping the black head of baphomet. There has always been a secret black royal dynasty since Nimrod the black king of babylon and are the same royal lineages of the black pharoahs of egypt and the african roman emperors like Septimus Severus. Attilla the Hun was another. In his book THE TWO BABYLONS Reverend Alexander Hislop talks of the origins of papal worship and the alliance of the assyrian/osirian (now known as Ger man or war man) and the nubian master races. These are beings of angelic origin called Seraphim and Cherubim cast to earth from the heavens. Satan or Shaitan in the holy Koran is depicted as a black man. 2 corinthians 4:4 states that satan is the god of this world. After the exodus of these dynasties from Egypt, Kush and Khamet they moved into Europe and India where part of their bloodlines were kept pure for further breeding while others were watered down from the black moors to the dravidians and arian arabic races, asian and eventually into most of the caucasian people on the earth, apart from the original indogenes called mankind. The E3yb chromosone of the black race can be traced down into people of asiatic orientation.
April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterARTIST UNKNOWN
My apologies, i misspelt the above last sentence. The E3b haplogroup in the Y chromosone can be traced down into people of asiatic orientation.
April 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterARTIST UNKNOWN
Kemit is the name for the country that was used by the ancient african people in what we now call Egypt. It means "the black people of the land". The currently accepted date for the beginning of Kemit is 3,100 B.C. This nation was founded by a king from the south who unified the northern or lower part of the land with the southern or upper part of the land.(the nile river flows from the south to the north.) Sudan is the south end of Egypt and literally means ''south end'. Twelve native african dynasties were in power for more than one thousand years.This included the pyramid age.
April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterARTIST UNKNOWN
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS BLACK PEOPLE. THE HEAD YOU SEE IS THAT OF A MOORISH DIGNITARY. THE MOORS ONCE RULED THE WORLD AND WE ARE GOING TO RULE THE WORLD AGAIN. THE REASON FOR THE HEADS BDEING ON THE SHIELDS IS BECAUSE THE MOORS BROUGHT THESE EUROPEAN FAMILIES OUT OF DARKNESS AND EDUCATED THEM AND IN TURN, THE EUROPEANS DID WHAT EUROPEANS DO, TURNED ON THEM. THE MOORS IN AMERICA ARE RISING. THE MOORS WERE ALWAYS IN AMERICA. IN 1779, THE FEZZES AND TURBANS WERE REMOVED FROM THE MOORS AND THEY WERE GROUPED IN WITH THOSE MOORS BROUGHT FROM THE MOTHER CONTINETN. THE REAL NAME OF AFRICA IS AMEXEM. IT IS TIME FOR THE EUROPEANS TO HAND THE KEYS OF POWER BACK OVER TO THE MOORS OR ELSE ALLAH WILL NOT SPARE 3/4ths OF HUMANITY.

PEACE
June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLORD ABBA

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