Saturday, April 08, 2006

The Da Vinci Code


I recognised the ring...the square and compasses! It's impossible! In this part of the world.."Excuse me..is that a Masonic ring?" The elderly man smiled "Yes, it is. I bought it in Hong Kong." I was curious.."So.. are you a Freemason?" He smiled again..
There's Freemason Chapter in Singapore. Several years ago..I wanted to visit the lodge but was denied entry. It all started when I was reading the book :Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln..fascinated with the Knight Templar and Freemason connection. That was way before Dan Brown's monstrous hit: The Da Vinci Code I am looking forward to the movie starring Tom Hanks this coming May 2006...on the 18th perhaps? world wide release.
Do not be alarmed....there's actually an underground group (Freemason) in Dubai...cross my heart! shhhhhhh....I stumbled upon it accidentally. Sorry..can't say much here.
Anyway, will love to hear from those who have read the book..what's your take on its claim? Facts or Fiction? Are u gearing up for the movie? Check out "Angels and Demons"..also by the same author.

32 Comments:

Blogger nzm said...

The book had me hooked!

In all the travelling that we do, Da Vinci Code is the most common book that we see being read by travellers, followed by Angels and Demons, and then anything recent by Clive Cussler.

We'll never know for sure where truth ends and fiction begins, but I find the whole concept fascinating.

It's incredible to think that the Freemasons can still remain such a secretive society after centuries of existence. They must very carefully choose their members - no fake sheikh stings here! :-)

Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh just lost their court challenge against Dan Brown. I think that they should have received some recognition from Dan Brown - especially given that the name of his character, Leigh Teabing, is taken from both their names.

10:12 PM

 
Blogger junebee said...

Haven't read it, I don't have much interest in it really.

10:58 PM

 
Blogger Raheel said...

The book's epilouge wasn't impressive. I am also looking forward to the release of movie. As far as freemasons are concerned, I sometimes think does such group really exist?!

2:58 AM

 
Blogger nzm said...

They do exist.

My grandfather was a freemason, and my father's best friend is also one.

It still doesn't mean that I know anymore about freemasonry!

11:14 AM

 
Blogger Tainted Female said...

A lot of the American troops that are based here are freemasons. It does exist, and it's not too hard to learn about in general terms.

But what exactly the beliefs are, is something on the hush, hush...

Freemason is the name given to the male members... females following this (whatever you want to call it) have a different title all together; though I can’t recall exactly what it is.

4:09 PM

 
Blogger black feline said...

nzm...thanks for popping by...wow..awesome..u have link with the Freemason? Im impressed :)
raheel...it's definitely a fact..they have a lodge back where im from...and apparently lawyers, judges, politicians, bankers are on their list...
junebee...hope u catch the movie..
Diva tainted...welcome to my humble dwelling place..lol..wow...new revelation from u..im impressed too :) i suspect Balushi is a wayward Freemason...lol

5:19 PM

 
Blogger Frank said...

i've heard about the book,some of my friends read it, but I have not. I think it's a fiction, not a fact.This is what i believe...no offense.

7:57 PM

 
Blogger Balushi said...

The Game of this movie is coming out on may 15! should be awesome...!

9:00 PM

 
Blogger Rory said...

the book got me hooked from the 1st sentence..

the story was good, charecters were intresting, the plot was cool, the whole book was simply a peice of art.. i can't wait 4 the movie.. while reading the book, i always made images of the charecters,, and always saw Robort as a Tom Hanks,, so i can't wait..

Good Book, will read the rest of the author's books

9:04 PM

 
Blogger Tainted Female said...

awwwwe, feline... you're such a gracious host... I hope my humble introduction to you in my own blog, matches your esteemed grace and meets your approval.

9:23 PM

 
Blogger archer14 said...

Wow, that was one novel I finished in one night...never had any novel make me stay up all night!
Ron Howard is gonna be one rich man!
Balushi...you a gamer man? Holy shit!...where'd you get that info from?

9:47 PM

 
Blogger moviemania said...

I loved the Da Vinci Code, I was completely immersed in it.. But it is hard to seperate fact from fiction. I like to believe most of it was fact, but yeah.. Freemasons do exist I've heard a lot about them.

11:12 PM

 
Blogger MD said...

i loved da vinci code, but didnt like angels and demons too much. i thought the whole concept of vatican, camerlengo and his mrising in flames and crap was too far-fetched. pope had a test-tube baby with a nun :S whatever...anyways, im soooo looking fwd to this movie!

freemasonry in dubai...quite interesting ;)

11:36 PM

 
Blogger black feline said...

md...to a certain u are right..the last few chapters of angels and demons had me cracking up...the antimatter exploded...and the mad camerlengo running all over the place...quite a letdown there.
moviemnia..thanks for visiting..i suspect this movie will be a monstrous hit!
archer...trust the crazy balushi..probably he has a cameo in it..lol
rory..thanls for popping by...to be honest..when they cast Tom Hanks as Robert..i was a bit apprehenive..we shall see..
Diva Tainted...u should start writing our story ala Jackie Collins style..im sure it will be a mega hit...lol

6:01 AM

 
Blogger Godknows said...

I heard so many talk about this and i will check it out this weekend, thanks for sharing us.

7:44 AM

 
Blogger Crystal said...

I read the book and my husband actually read it too (he's not much of a fiction reader) and we both LOVED it! The ending was a bit of a disapointment, but up until then I was totally hooked and found it full of momentum, a real page turner. I'll be interested to see the movie once it comes out, but alas I'll be in East Africa May 1st through July 10th so there's a chance I could miss it (movies in America only stay in theatres about 2mos, unless they are REALLY huge) and I might have to wait until it's on DVD.

11:58 PM

 
Blogger kingfisher said...

BF and friends,

I recommend Umberto Eco's "Foucault's Pendulum", it's a learned novel about Rosicrucians, Knights Templar and Masons and conspiracy theories...

Ciao

kingfisher

8:48 AM

 
Blogger black feline said...

crystal...welcome back:) and glad to knw all things are working well for both Robi n u...
Agent Kingfisher...what a nice visit frm an old friend..he's the same author of the classic:"The Name of the Rose" rite? starring Sean Connery...brilliant..will definitely check it out!

4:07 PM

 
Blogger Hasan Mubarak said...

On top of my next-to-read list.
Reading the old classic Pride n' Prejudice these days.

10:38 PM

 
Blogger kingfisher said...

BF,

Yes, that's the very same author. I hope you enjoy the book.

Ciao

kingfisher

6:48 AM

 
Blogger San Nakji said...

I loved the book, loved Angels and Demons more. Not being a Christian, I feel I can step back and just enjoy it. Who knows if it's real or not?
I am looking forward to the movie, although Tom Hanks is creeping me out with that hair style. Yuck!

6:17 AM

 
Blogger black feline said...

u r rite nakji...saw the trailer..the hairdo is really bad..lol

6:31 AM

 
Blogger Foghorn Leghorn said...

DVC was a good book... So was Angels and Demons... which I actually preferred. I expect the hollywoodisation of DVC will leave us wanting more as it usually does... Regardless of Tom and the french honey!

However, I suggest you stay away from DB's other two books Deception Point and the other one which was soooo boring I can't even remember the name....

10:59 PM

 
Blogger black feline said...

foghorn...nice of u to pop by :) i didn't like Digital Fortress..just not up to par. The movie should be good..i have faith in Ron Howard, the director

5:35 AM

 
Blogger chanchow said...

I read The DaVinci Code recently and thought it was a fantastic page-turner. It'd been a long time since I read a book that was as hard to put down. I thought the allegations were fascinating, especially the description of Opus Dei. I can't say if I think it's fact or fiction, but I'm sure that the church has many dark secrets, just as any other large institution of faith. I'm looking forward to the movie; I hope it does the book justice.

7:12 PM

 
Blogger black feline said...

even the name Opus Dei sounds awesome and mysterous...thanks for poppin by chanchow...

8:01 PM

 
Blogger laila said...

there's a very interesting article about Opus Dei in the most recent issue of Time magazine. it focuses on its history, its beliefs and rituals, its current problems with society, and interviews with a few of its present and previous members.
personally i started with the book but it couldn't hold my attention for too long!will watch the movie just out of curiosity..

7:05 PM

 
Blogger black feline said...

I got a feeling the author has a hidden agenda for this book...the bodies were misrepresented on pupose so that they have no choice but to come out to clear the air :)it's about time...laila..thanks for visiting and the pcs of infor :)

8:11 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my father is a freemason,my grandfather is also mason,
the book has its point,
there will be always a freemason everywre.who body kwows my be your boss,taxi drive,server is a mason.
may be dan brown author of the book da vinci code is also a mason.may be hes mission is to open our faith and beliefs of the real underground world...or the NEW WORLD ORDER. for me all mason is architectoic of th universe..
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10:14 PM

 
Anonymous philippe said...

i will be mid next month in Dubai and it will be great if i can visit the above named lodge, may you email me with the lodge address plz.Thx P:.M:.W:.Bro philippe saliba Wellingtone lodge 635 Canada

email: philipposios@rogers.com

9:37 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes there is two longes of that in Dubai, Chief of Police know them very well and others I know them one by one, one of them is the ex Immgration guy.. you want to know more? go to marbella club Sharjah

2:51 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous how can I contact you? send me your email...

8:48 PM

 

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