Monthly Archives: June 2011

Angels and Demons – Facts and Fiction

I am sure that after reading the book Angels and Demons most of us would have googled to search about Illuminati and the its age old fight with church. Even i did. below are few of my findings ( through different sources )

  • In the book Langdon tells the story of “la Purga” as follows: “1668, the church kidnapped four Illuminati scientists and branded each one of them on the chest with the symbol of the cross, to purge them of their sins. And they executed them”. In reality there was no such incident in 1668 or ever where scientists were branded and executed.
  • Galileo never wrote a book known as  Diagramma veritatis.
  • Copernicus died at the age of 70, of a stroke. The claim that he was “murdered by the church for revealing scientific truths” is sheer fiction.
  • The name “Vatican Secret Archives” is somewhat misleading. It is the historical name of the Vatican Archives but, at least from the end of the 19th century, any scholar with credentials (Catholic or non-Catholic) has no more trouble accessing documents there than in any other major archive throughout the world.
  • In the 16th and the 17th century there was a sizeable Catholic literature in English. Scientists wrote mostly in Latin. While in the book it is mentioned that Latin was used by the church and English was the language used by scientists.
  • The Order of the Illuminati was established on May 1, 1776 at the University of Ingolstadt, then part of the Kingdom of Bavaria, in Germany, by a professor of law called Adam Weishaupt (1748-1830). Weishaupt originally claimed that the Illuminati originated with the last King of Persia who was a Zoroastrian by religion, Yadzegerd III (†651 d.C.), although he confused him with Yadzegerd II (†457 d.C., King of Persia from 438 to 457), and built a whole genealogy listing many famous historical characters. When Knigge joined the Order, he asked Weishaupt for evidence of this genealogy. Weishaupt wrote back in January 1781 that the genealogy was an “innocent lie”, in fact needed because not many would have joined a newly established order.
  • In the book Brown locates Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome at Piazza Barberini, a half mile from its real location. He puts Santa Maria del Popolo at the southeast corner of the piazza, though it’s actually on the north side, and describes Langdon looking up at its “rose window,” though the church’s circular window lacks the stone mullions and traceries of a rose window.
  • Book claims that a plaque in the Pantheon indicates that Raphael’s body was only relocated to the Pantheon in 1758, and that he was originally buried in Urbino. No such plaque exists, for the excellent reason that Raphael was buried in the Pantheon from the start.
  • One art-related charge made in the book is the notion of Pius IX’s “Great Castration” of Vatican City’s male statues in 1857, which supposedly involved the pope taking a mallet to the male organs of every single statue in the Vatican. The truth is that fig leaves were added, but the statues were not castrated; rather, subsequent efforts to remove the leaves proved more damaging than leaving them in place.
  • Brown presents the “West/Ponente” tile as an all-important clue left by Gianlorenzo Bernini, who designed St. Peter’s Square, supposedly pointing the way to the next location in the book’s scavenger hunt. For another thing, the current wind-rose markers aren’t Bernini’s work at all. According to http://www.StPetersBasilica.org, they were added three centuries later, under Pius IX

I hope you find all of these informative and if you come across more of such details, please let me know.

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Revenge is Sweet…….

Samuel Johnson once said “Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged.”
The Korean film industry seems to share this stance as in the last 10 years quite a few films have been released, which are high on vengeance. It’s not that revenge movies have not been made elsewhere, but the Korean films have taken the meaning of revenge and brutality to a different level. It’s not only the level of brutality but with the operatic intensity it is crafted makes them special.
I have had the chance to see few of the many movies.
Please read at your own risk, as it might contain spoilers

Oldboy


The film follows the story of one Oh Dae-Su, who is locked in a hotel room for 15 years without knowing his captor’s motives. When he is finally released, Dae-Su finds himself on the path of vengeance towards his captors and the reasons behind his captivity. More than Dae-Su’s revenge, I was more intrigued by the character of Woo-Jin, who had orchestrated the captivity of Dae-Su. To me he showed the extent to which a human can go to avenge the death of a loved one. He made sure that Dae-Su will never be able to return to a normal state in life, scarred forever, the ultimate revenge. The film never gave an option for forgiveness. A must watch, but not for everyone.

 

I Saw the Devil

I Saw The Devil
The movie is basically revolves around the age old formula; an officer’s family has been victim of a crime and the office discards his title in favor of a personal vendetta against the villain. But wait there is a twist. While chasing the monster that killed his wife, he himself becomes a monster. He doesn’t kill him when he finds him, but keeps on foiling his plans and torturing him both physically and emotionally. Kind of cat and mouse game. There is so much torture and gore in the movie, but still the movie is not unwatchable, simply because the movie is beautifully filmed and carefully structured.

 

Sympathy for Mr. Vegeance

Sympathy-For-Mr.-Vengeance
It follows the story of a factory worker Ryu, who in order to earn money for his sister’s kidney transplant, kidnaps the daughter Dong-jin, a friend of his factory boss who had fired him. What follows later is series of mishaps, deaths and finally acts of vengeance. It is different from other films in the sense that vengeance goes around in a circle. Though not in the league of Oldboy or I saw the Devil, but it is still a good watch.

 

Sympathy for Lady Vegeance

Sympathy_for_Lady_Vengeance
This movie finds a woman seeking revenge after she is forced to confess for a crime she did not commit. After spending 13 years in prison, she makes a lot of friends who team up with her in her quest. And she makes sure that everyone who suffered because of the real killer, gets to take part in the revenge. And if you want to enjoy the movie more, watch it in the “Fade to black and white version” in which throughout the film the color gradually fades until it is totally black and white in the end

These are the few films which I have watched. The others in the list are The Chaser, Bedevilled, A Bittersweet Life, Revenge, etc.

For the First Time…….

That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”

I beleive we all recognize the famous words.Well there is a first time for everything. That was first time for humans, well this is first time for me… 😀

Crazy comparison….I know.

We all remember our firsts, be it first crush, first friends, first job, first kiss, and the list goes on, so it is not wrong on my part to wish to do something foolish on my first blog, so that i will remember it in years to come. But let me not abuse the privilege.