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DA conVINCIng Code

A Con game. The grandest of all. By a small timer who struck luck, as it seems.

The greatest cover-up of mankind is apparently is purely of fictional source. Wrapped up in saucy-ness to elevate controversy.

For what? Purely profits. Nothing more.

The greatest convincing con ever made is the latest hoo-haa novel made into film, The Da Vinci Code. Funny enough, if you had ever read the book, it is hardly certain that Dan Brown is capable of any intelligent or near genius writing. If you had the book and compared it to other accomplished authors, you will find strangely that this book, highly acclaimed by critics to be the best mystery/thriller book, is pretty flat.

I do love novels - whether controversial or not. But I love novels written with quality and character. I found Dan Brown's work pretty shoddy and messy. Towards the end, I felt a little bored. It's as though there weren't enough ideas left, so he just carried on bugging.

But the best part of it all is how he elevated himself from nobody to somebody. Controversy.

In his book, he states in the fact page that the documents, archives, places, societies did exist. Of course, he DID NOT claim that the theory was true. Nevertheless, on national TV in US, he did agree that he believed in the theory. He claims to be Christian, I believe he's a fraud - just as the facts stated in book and in his website are (

In his website, Dan Brown states as fact:

A prankster and genius, Leonardo da Vinci is widely believed to have hidden secret messages within much of his artwork. Most scholars agree that even Da Vinci's most famous pieces—works like The Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, and Madonna of the Rocks—contain startling anomalies that all seem to be whispering the same cryptic message…a message that hints at a shocking historical secret which allegedly has been guarded since 1099 by a European secret society known as the Priory of Sion. In 1975, Paris's Bibliothèque Nationale discovered parchments known as Les Dossiers Secrets, identifying numerous members of the Priory of Sion, including Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci. French President, Francois Mitterrand, is rumored to have been a member, although there exists no proof of this.

Now this is part of either Dan Brown's fraud, marketing gimmick, or simply lousy research skills - Priory of Sion on existed in 1956! So how could Leonardo Da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton or the rest be part of it?

What is the Priory of Sion?
The original Priory of Sion was founded in 1956 as a social group of friends by two people – André Bonhomme and Pierre Plantard. The outline of the story can be found here.

André Bonhomme definitely existed – I have spoken to him myself – as have many other researchers – and he has constantly confirmed that the original Priory of Sion had nothing to do with Bérenger Saunière, Rennes-le-Château, politics or secret societes – the story goes that one day, when someone commented on the bad state of the lodgings – it was decided to form a society devoted to the cause of Low-Cost Housing: and so the Priory of Sion was created! It was actually named after the hill of Mont Sion located outside the town of St-Julien-en-Genevoise. They produced an amateur journal called "Circuit" devoted to the cause of Low-Cost Housing, that simply comprised of A4 pages stapled together, and containing a crude text that was both stencilled and printed. The first issue can be found here.
That the Priory of Sion did not exist before 1956 can easily be proved. Its 1956 Registration Documents and 1956 Statutes, deposited in the Police Station at St Julien-en-Genevois, can be found here.

- click here to go the website with interesting FACTS on the actual Priory of Sion! One of the founders, Pierre Plantard, had a shady past and was convicted on many counts, including fraud for claiming nobility!

Here, we see Dan Brown's claim to being an art & history student and conducting extensive research is nothing but a grade "F"!

Dan Brown's claim that The Last Supper had Mary drawn on Jesus's right and not John as it was originally thought to be, since it was a feminine figure. Well, if Dan Brown had done enough research, there were more than one "feminine" figures in the last supper art work. If Dan Brown had understood art better, Leornardo DaVinci was a Renaissance artist - which means, innoncence of male youth was conveyed on canvas by feminine looks - as can be seen by other DaVinci's works.

Controversy? I think not. Just a genius marketing ploy to rake in the millions. Great writing? Hardly. Extensive Research? Looks like an 8 Grader who didn't want to do much work and just Googled some stuff to get controversial content.



May 13, 2006, 4:27:00 PM ngyahloon said...

Could not agree more, man. Da Vinci code is nothing but an entertaining fiction. let's not give it more credit than it should:)

May 16, 2006, 12:16:00 AM Jon Choo said...
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