Templar Cross Pattée and St. Patrick
Templar Cross PattéeShannon Dorey, The Rose p. 270
The oldest cross associated with St. Patrick is the cross pattée, which has never been fully explained in association with the saint.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick This is because it comes from the Celtic and Dogon pagan religions.Dorey, The Rose p. 70
The cross pattée symbol appears in the Dogon sanctuary and was also used by the Knights Templars. The Dogon cross pattée was found on top of the rectangular wooden case called imizi koro, which was used for the construction of dwellings and symbolized the building or creation of the world.Dorey, The Rose p. 70
The Templars, who were involved in a number of important building projects of the early Middle Ages, played a role in the formation of the early "Master associations." My research clearly shows that the Masons and the Knights Templar were familiar with knowledge of the ancient religion that was practiced by the Dogon.Dorey, The Rose p. 270
I believe their construction projects were associated with the Dogon concept of the "building of the world."Dorey, The Rose p. 70
The four white angular images seen on the cross pattée above were known as the Sene seeds to the Dogon. The rest of the cross around the seeds, which we usually perceive as the cross pattée, wasn't the significant part of the cross for the Dogon.
According to the Dogon, the four white Sene seeds were remnants of the universe that came before our universe and were used in the creation of our universe. In Dogon star knowledge, the seeds were associated with the heaviest compact star known in the universe.Dorey, The Rose p. 270
The Dogon associated the white Sene seeds with the paws of the Fox or Jackal, who was identified with the first human male. The word pattée is a French adjective in the feminine form used in its full context as la croix pattée, meaning literally "footed cross", from the noun patte, meaning foot, generally that of an animal.Dorey, The Rose p. 270
The Dogon Smithy, which was associated with the Sene seeds spreading out, was rounded at the top and designated the incline and arch given to the vertical walls of a structure so that they could join at the top. In Dogon architecture, this was known as komu. I believe that this architectural design may have been the basis for what later became known as the Masonic arch.Dorey, The Rose p. 70
The Sigui Society in the Dogon religion, which was identified with the Jackal, the Smith and males, may be associated with an earlier form of the Masonic Society. In the Dogon religion, the rooster or cock was a symbol of the Jackal and the word was also used as a nickname for medieval and Renaissance-era masons.
Journeymen also used the term "foxes" for aspirants to their ranks. In the Dogon religion, the Jackal was known as the "pale fox." Dorey, The Rose p. 70
"The form of the Cross Pattée appears very early in medieval art, for example in a metalwork treasure binding given to Monza Cathedral by Queen Theodelinda (d. 628), and the 8th century lower cover of the Lindau Gospels in the Morgan Library. An early English example from the start of the age of heraldry proper (i.e. about 1200) is found in the arms of Baron Berkeley."Dorey, The Rose p. 270
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