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Old 02-05-2014, 08:19 AM   #168
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Louvre curator and Priory of Sion Grand Master Jacques Saunière is fatally shot one night at the museum by an albino Catholic monk named Silas, who is working on behalf of someone known only as the Teacher, who wishes to discover the location of the "keystone," an item crucial to the search for the Holy Grail..The note also includes a Fibonacci sequence left out of order, as a code need not be made of or colored gold, or even a key.. If it is a key it may not fit any lock; the keys are important as authentication tokens, not always as literal keys..In the case of the GoldKey Security Token, the USB token acts as a physical "key" to electronic Data..Da Vinci Code, Sophie Neveu is given a gold key by her grandfather. The gold key bears the logo of the Priory of Sion, a secret society, which leads Neveu & Langdon to guess the code associated with the Key...

From her hiding place, she is shocked to see her grandfather having sex with a woman at the center of a ritual attended by men and women who are wearing masks and chanting praise to the goddess. She flees the house and breaks off all contact with Saunière.. Langdon explains that what she witnessed was an ancient ceremony known as Hieros gamos or "sacred marriage"..At Westminster Abbey, Tea-bing is revealed to be the Teacher for whom Silas is working.. Teabing wishes to use the Holy Grail, which he believes is a series of documents establishing that Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene and bore children, in order to ruin the Vatican. He compels Langdon at gunpoint to solve the 2nd cryptex's password, which Langdon realizes is "APPLE"..hiding in an Opus Dei Center..Customers pass through a set of bronze doors and then silver ones before entering the lobby..T he door to Vault 713..Emperor Xuan Zong liquidates the highly lucrative "Inexhaustible Treasury", which is run by a prominent Buddhist monastery in Chang'an. This monastery collects vast amounts of money, silk, and treasures through multitudes of rich people's repentances, left on the premises anonymously. Although the monastery is generous in donations, Xuan Zong issues a decree abolishing their treasury on the grounds that their banking practices were fraudulent, collects their riches, and distributes the wealth to various other Buddhist monasteries, Daoist abbeys, and to repair statues, halls, and bridges in the city..The frame is draped in brocades and silk gauze, adorned with gold and jade jewelry, and when its total of some 50,000 oil cups is lit the radiance of it can be seen for miles..Construction begins on the Leshan Giant Buddha near Leshan, Sichuan province (China).. Upon its completion in 803, it will become the largest stone carved Buddha in the world...
Chinese star maps ( 星图, t 星圖,) are usually directional or graphical representations of Chinese astronomical alignments.. Throughout the history of China, numerous star maps have been Recorded..Divination by Astrological and Meteorological Phenomena contains what archaeologists claim is the first definitive atlas of comets. There are roughly 2 dozen renderings of comets, some in fold out/pop-up format.. In some cases the pages of the document roll out to be 5 feet long.. Each comet's picture has a caption which describes an event its appearance corresponded to, for example, "the death of the prince," "the coming of the plague," or "the 3 year drought"..Mawangdui (馬(马)王堆) literally "King Ma's Mound")because it was initially thought to be the tomb of Ma Yin (853–930), a ruler of the Chu kingdom during the 5 Dynasties and 10 Kingdoms period..If they were like balls they would surely obstruct each other when they met. I replied that these celestial bodies were certainly like balls.. How do we know this - By the Waxing and waning of the Moon..., by the way, I heard the Japanese have retreated all the way back to Shanghai.. So even if you make it to the Chinese border you may have difficulties catching up with them...
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