Edgar Allan Poe – Pit and Pendulum Napoleonic Prison

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It was said that in the 1770s, Mayer Amschel Rothschild drew up plans for the establishment of the “Bavarian Order of the Illuminati” secret society. Adam Weishaupt, outwardly a Roman Catholic academic, was entrusted with its organization and development. “It was to be called the Illuminati as this is a Luciferian term which means, keepers of the light.”


In “None Dare Call It Conspiracy” (1973), Gary Allen alleged that the Rothschild family of international bankers helped finance Nazi Germany. But, according to Allen, honest scholarship on international bankers was stifled to keep in check “any mention of the Rothschilds.” The US Federal Reserve Bank is supposedly owned and controlled by the Rothschild family business.

Organized by Jesuit Adam Weishaupt, the Bavarian Order of the Illuminati gained access to Freemasonry and was masked to appear as an offshoot of the Enlightenment in 1776. Modern writers maintain that Illuminati cronies like Rudolf von Sebottendorff, Dietrich Eckart, and Aleister Crowley helped to shape the occult core of Nazism.

A biographic aside surrounding the merchant and banker Mayer Amschel Rothschild claims that his known parentage name was actually “Bauer.” Perhaps the transformation to Rothschild (meaning “red shield”) was to effectively hide his dapper rank within the Bavarian Order of the Illuminati secret society. All the members used pseudonyms.

The German name for Bavaria is Bayern. (A town in Bavaria known as the home of Richard Wagner is Bayreuth, where his operas are performed annually.) Perhaps the phonetic link between Bauer (or Bayer) and the “Bayern Illuminati” was too literal for strategic security, so Rothschild became the unique alias.

Mayer conceivably may have believed that his ancestors were “the authentic founders of Bavaria” in the middle ages. Bavaria grew to be the natural native territory of the Saxon European monarchs. But Mayer Amschel was born in a Frankfurt ghetto known as “Jew Alley,” and was said to be the progeny of a German Jewish moneychanger.

Perhaps Mayer originally appointed the Jesuit academic professor Adam Weishaupt to trace his lineage. An apparent explanation was possibly disclosed in Arthur Koestler’s interesting study, “The Thirteenth Tribe” (1976).

The Bauer family name is from the Turkic “Bayar.” (Turkic represents a wide-ranging ethno-linguistic group of people in Eastern Europe and Asia.) The theory of a Caucasian race was developed around 1800 by Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, a German scientist and classical anthropologist. Blumenbach named it after the population of the Southern Caucasus region, whom he considered to be the key example for the group.

Merchant and banker Mayer Amschel most likely launched a bolt from the blue at the proud monarchs of Europe when the Order of the Illuminati presented anthropological proof that his “Bayar” ancestors were probably the original founders of Bavaria. Even if they had converted to medieval Judaism, they were more “Saxone” by kith and kin than a mix of so-called Nordics. The Illuminati bloodline had no respect for religious conviction — or religious conversion.

The French Revolution brought down the overdrawn government of the French Bourbon kings. The Bastille was stormed, feudalism was done away with and the Declaration of the Rights of Man was proclaimed.

Napoleon’s 1799 takeover brought the Revolution to an end — but not before the bourgeoisie or capitalist class seized wide-ranging authority. Mayer Amschel’s business prospered during the Napoleonic Wars. With the unseen aid of the Illuminati, the bourgeois trader Bauer would become the aristocrat Lord Rothschild.

Novelist Arthur Koestler devoted his 1976 book “The Thirteenth Tribe” to the topic. He supposed that the Ashkenazi or German Jews are not descended from the historical Israelites of ancient times, but from Turkic Khazars. Koestler, an Ashkenazi Jew himself, wrote that the Khazars converted to Judaism in the 8th century, and migrated westwards into Eastern Europe in the 12th and 13th centuries when the Khazar Empire was falling to Slavonic invaders.

The Khazars were semi-nomadic Turkic people. Arthur Koestler’s theory is that all or most of the Ashkenazi are really Turkic Khazars. But a 2005 DNA study based on Y chromosome polymorphic markers confirmed that barely 11.5% of male Ashkenazim were found to belong to the dominant Y chromosome haplogroup in Eastern Europeans, known as R-M17. There is nothing strange about this.

It simply shows that around 11% of German Jews are religious converts, and reflects similar conversion ratios among Christians and Buddhists. In other words, most of the Ashkenazim reached Germany from Semitic ancestry and are not Khazars. (Quite the opposite, Caucasian Khazars are the international 1%.)

According to a trumped-up tale, in 1771 Adam Weishaupt met a mysterious seafaring Danish merchant called “Kolmer” who had recently returned from Egypt. Kolmer supposedly initiated Weishaupt into the confidence of the occult and the dreadful Alumbrados pirates.

Count Le Couteulx de Canteleu’s “Les Sectes et Sociétés Secrètes” questioned if Kolmer was Cagliostro’s alleged master, Altotas. Yet another theory suggests that Kolmer was the masquerading role of “Col. Mayer” Amschel, famous merchant and moneychanger of the bourgeoisie, who allegedly bankrolled the Illuminati in secret.

One of Adam Weishaupt’s titles was Patriarch of the Jacobins. The Jacobins helped to bring about the French Revolution and wore red caps, which they called “caps of liberty” or Jacobin caps. On January 21, 1793, King Louis XVI was guillotined. His wife Marie Antoinette was executed some months later. The killing of the French king was highly praised every year until Napoleon’s takeover.

The autocracy of Napoleon Bonaparte started on the island of Corsica and ended by the Belgian rural district of Waterloo. Did Napoleon seize his pride from the Fathers of the Bavarian Order of the Illuminati? Seemingly, links to the “Bayar” history enigma were still preserved through the designation of “Boyar.” The Boyard was a privileged class of the aristocracy, ranking directly below the ruling princes. The Boyard cliques overran Russia and Romania before Peter I abolished the influential Russian “boyarin.”

Due to the restricted range of cannons in the 17th century, defenses of fire between the fortifications on the French islands of Aix and Oléron did not overlap. A stronghold on Boyard bank, about halfway between the two, would have sealed that opening. In 1692 French engineers began planning the construction of an artificial island with a fortress. However Louis XIV’s chief military designer, Vauban, warned against it saying, “Your Majesty, it would be easier to seize the moon with your teeth than to attempt such an undertaking in such a place.”

The mission to engineer a fort on Boyard bank was advanced under Napoleon Bonaparte in 1800. To facilitate the work, a dock was established on Oléron Island. The small town of “Boyardville” was built for the workers. Construction of earthwork continued up to 1857. But by then, the range of war artillery had greatly increased, making the fortress outmoded for national defense.

Fort Boyard was used as an inhospitable armed prison before being abandoned at the start of the 20th century. Since 1990, it has been the filming site of the TV show “Les Clés de Fort Boyard” (by Jacques Antoine), a game to locate gold left by Napoleon at Fort Boyard.

Boyard, the dire “Master of the Fort” is “a selfish, commanding, and evil person” who takes immense satisfaction in making sure that fear and frustration afflict TV contestants who enter the Fort with the intention of acquiring Boyard’s gold. Some of the challenges that are revealed include: the snake pit of flooded cellars, the giant swing inside the Fort with a saw hanging from the ceiling, and the shrinking room or sliding wall heated by a boiler room.

Such torture apparatus bear a stark similarity to the cruelty of Edgar Allen Poe’s famous short story, “The Pit and the Pendulum” (1842). It is about the suffering of a prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition (of Toledo), although Poe changes historical facts. He offers us a hint by describing, “a quatrain composed for the gates of a market to be erected upon the site of the Jacobin Club House at Paris.” This brings to mind disturbed Catholic Jesuits, guided by the Illuminati Boyard — whose time was running out. The Inquisition ended during the phase of French intervention (1808–13). Malcontent “electors” of the Society of Jesus promptly became crafty “brethren” of the Bavarian (or Bayern) Illuminati.

“I was sick, sick unto death, with that long agony, and when they at length unbound me, and I was permitted to sit, I felt that my senses were leaving me.” (Edgar Allen Poe, “The Pit and the Pendulum,” 1842)

Fort Boyard is oval-shaped, 80 meters (260 ft) long and 40 meters (130 ft) wide. Poe’s imagined hostage tries to measure the prison, finding that the boundary measures roughly one hundred paces. The barrier has been square, but shifts its form into that of a lozenge.

“My cognizance of the pit had become known to the inquisitorial agents – the pit, whose horrors had been destined for so bold a recusant as myself – the pit, typical of hell and regarded by rumor as the Ultima Thule of all their punishments.” (Edgar Allen Poe, “The Pit and the Pendulum,” 1842)

Napoleon’s General Lasalle rescues Poe’s sick captive, centuries after the heyday of the Spanish Inquisition. Maybe a foreboding mystery still lurks out of sight from the lookout of Fort Boyard, the Napoleonic top-security prison that was constructed to conceal the early 19th century’s biggest cannons — and perhaps a hidden store of precious metals. The Fathers of Bavaria would not say a word.

After Adam Weishaupt was tipped off that he would be arrested, his Illuminati associate Joseph Martin, who worked as a locksmith, sheltered him in 1785. King of France Louis XVI was also a good locksmith. But France’s support of the American Revolution against England and Saxe-Gotha rule was a burden that would finish him off. It was no accident that locksmiths (like Anton Drexler who started the German Workers Party in 1919) were high-ranking members of the Order. They set locks for massive vault doors — visited only by the world’s foremost bankers.

Maybe the “Fathers of Bavaria” of the 18th century retained the Jesuit professor Adam Weishaupt and the East India Company to discover their Indo-European roots. Almost two centuries later, Germany endeavored to map out the ancient Hindu warrior caste.

Bayar is a village in Kasaragod district in the state of Kerala, India. It is the seat of the Panchalingeshwara Temple. The shape of the ornate temple resembles the back of an elephant (Kerala is home to the largest domesticated elephant population in India).

Baya is the name of a weaverbird in Asia and the Ganges valley of India that makes the most complex and elegant bird nest in the world. Perhaps it was also an appropriate title for an ancient family of sanctuary and shrine builders. Dr. P. Gururaj Bhat, a widely respected historian, alleged that Shree Panchalingeshwara Temple must have been constructed in 7-8 AD.

Does “Kasar” (of Kasaragod) impart a muted echo of Khazar? Kerala was a major spice exporter as early as 3000 BC, according to Sumerian records. Christianity is said to have reached the coast of Kerala in 52 AD with the arrival of St Thomas, one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ.

“The Kerala school of astronomy and mathematics flourished between the 14th and 16th centuries. In attempting to solve astronomical problems, the Kerala school independently created a number of important mathematics concepts including results-series expansion for trigonometric functions.”

The shrine at Bayar was devoted to the Hindu god Shiva, also recognized as the Destroyer. Kalaripayattu, regarded as “the mother of all martial arts in the world” was practiced as a regional martial sport in the rural district of Bayar.

Does it press the stark recollection of a Hindu warrior caste? The martial aspects of Hindu culture encouraged the extremist Germanic ideology of a prejudiced belief system that sought to combine the warrior ideology of ancient India with Aryan racism.

The enthrallment with Indian culture can be found as early as the 19th century in the writings of pro-Aryan and anti-Semitic German philosophers and theosophists. “In 1851, the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer raved about the enthusiastic spirit of the Vedas and the Upanishads, citing that his spirit is washed clean of all his early inoculated Jewish superstitions.”

Scholars in India and Europe have rejected the idea of an Aryan race, but myths and legends of ancient Vedic-Hindu India allowed a historic flight of the imagination. The ideology of National Socialism was presented as a predestined karma of the Germanic world.

Bavaria secured prying supremacy when Napoleon abolished the Holy Roman Empire. The “Bayar” Fathers of Bavaria enlisted accomplices who would never become familiar with the anonymous superiors commanding them from above. The Illuminati bloodline had no reverence for Judaic doctrine — or religious conversion.

Mountaintops were legendary portals that reached up to heaven. Mount Olympus, Mount Sion, and the Himalayas were renowned centers of spirituality. Mount Caucasus was of the fallen Prometheus who lifted fire from the sky. The Alpine Mountains unbolted golden portals, the entry to Valhalla. Based on such myths, Teutonic vaults would plow into the rough Alps — to store the world’s gold bullion. The Fathers of Bavaria would see to it.

When the Alpine vaults were made ready to store the world’s gold bullion, and shielded by Jesuit Swiss Guards, a last bid was made to Europe’s monarchs: “Your sterling gold for a patch of rag (and a bank note promise to forfeit) — or wrestle with a bloody guillotine.” The Fathers of Bavaria would see to it. In stride, bourgeois Bauer became Lord Rothschild.


By Peter Fotis Kapnistos

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