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THE DRUIDS AND THEIR MYSTERIES
Season 1 answers many questions about the Gundestrup cauldron. Why was the cauldron made? Who made it? Where? When? For whom? Under what circumstances? What is the purpose of this cauldron? Why the Celtic motifs? Why did this cauldron end up in pieces in a bog?
All these questions will be answered in Season 1, as all the tools of modern research – archaeology, genetics, astronomy etc. – will be used to unlock the secrets of the Gundestrup cauldron.
The Gundestrup Cauldron reveals the existence of a very ancient religion of the stars which influenced the beliefs of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, Greece, the Druids and pre-Columbian America. This religion based on the stars helps to unravel many of the mysteries of ancient civilisations, but it has also left visible traces in the foundations of Christianity. Leonardo da Vinci must have known the secret, which is in any case what some of his paintings seem to indicate with insistence. This astronomical data has been passed down through all eras and all civilisations over thousands of years. They allow us to decipher drawings engraved on dolmens and menhirs as well as to lift a veil on the secret religion of the Templars.
The Gundestrup Cauldron is now deciphered, but it’s just one of several mysterious objects that await the seeker in the Druids’ Secret Sanctuary. Among other things, there is a stone fallen from the sky which symbolizes the center of the world and a strange severed head, without forgetting that the sanctuary is guarded by two terrible dragons.
Gundestrup’s cauldron: the god with two dragons
The ultimate objective of the quest is to discover the secret of immortality.
THE RIDDLE OF THE GUNDESTRUP CAULDRON
The pictures of the Gundestrup Cauldron contain a message who comes from the depths of time.It can be decoded using astronomical data. It is the secret code of the druids. But the message is incomplete because of the fourteen plates that originally made up the cauldron, one is missing… the most important one.
The Gundestrup cauldron currently kept at the Nationalmuseet in Copenhagen is a vessel dating from the 1st century BC found in 1891 in a bog in Jutland, Denmark. Discovered on the ancient territory of the Cimbri. Carefully disassembled and deposited in a swampy area as a votive offering. This worship basin measures 69 cm in diameter for a height of 42 cm and weighs almost 9 kg.
Gundestrup cauldron, 1st century BC, gilded silver, © Copenhagen, Nationalmuseet
The technique of silver embossed in high relief, partially gilded, is characteristic of Thracian art from the 4th to the 1st century BC, while the numerous motifs that adorn the cauldron are essentially related to certain Celtic themes that can be found in Gaul. Even if most of the scenes that decorate it remain enigmatic today. We will see throughout the articles to come what to think of this abundance of mysterious deities, of all these tragic heroes surrounded by a fantastic bestiary. The cauldron is like an ancient computer, a sort of silver hard disk on which is engraved a large part of the astronomical and religious knowledge of the druids. In any case, of the fourteen richly decorated silver plates of which it was composed, only thirteen have survived.
THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING PLATE
Paul Verdier in several articles and books has proposed an astronomical explanation of the different silver plates of the cauldron. and if we continue in this way we can see that the iconography of the cauldron is divided in two parts, with on one side the static presentation of the main characters and on the other the main stages of a mythological story, but it is precisely the most important plate that has disappeared, the one that closes the epic in the form of an apotheosis.
The problem is irritating, for while other metal plates provide us with invaluable data on the knowledge of the druids, no other plate in the cauldron has such spectacular content. After reconstructing the myth using the astronomical data contained in the images of the cauldron, we can hypothesize that this missing plate contains such extraordinary information that it is certainly no coincidence that it is precisely this particular metal plate that is missing. The message must have been so explicit and disturbing that the discoverers at the end of the 19th century, certainly embarrassed, made it disappear. Destroyed … or kept in the museum’s reserves and since fallen into oblivion?
In any case, this missing plate called too many beliefs into question.
The world of 1891 was not ready for such a revelation. Yet this is not the only mystery surrounding the cauldron, for before that several others riddles will have to be solved.
What can this cauldron be used for? Where did it come from? How old is it? Who commissioned such work? Who made it and why?
The following questions will also need to be answered. Who are these mysterious Cimbri? Who are the characters depicted on the cauldron? What is the meaning of all these enigmatic scenes?
In conclusion, the questions that arise are numerous and the answers provided are more than surprising.
The investigation begins…