When I read Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, I read about the mystery sculpture, a Reverse bas relief of a Poussin painting, at Shugborough House in England http://www.shugborough.org.uk/holy-grail-78
it says that the code can not be broken, its inscription DOUOSVAVVM could not be deciphered.
I tried to solve this puzzle and thought. What if the inscription was a Templar clue, a pointer to something else on the path to the grail? Why was the bas relief done as reverse of the painting? Why was a casket added, what did it hide? There seemed to be a clue in another place, one with Templar connections and showing the "pyramid". It was a headstone with the date incorrectly carved.
Why does everyone try to decipher the inscription out of context? It is an inscription on a very detailed, and modified, mirror image of a famous painting. If the monument is not significant, why carve it? Carving the inscription alone would save a lot of grief.
My solution tried to keep the inscription and monument in the same context and it had to be validated by external information (i.e. Sauniere parchment) It took me four hours to solve the puzzle using that approach. Here is my solution to the indecipherable inscription:
The Shepherd’s Monument Mystery – Solved.
I will not go into all of the references, they can easily be found on the Internet. I would suggest looking at the pictures of the objects mentioned.
Background Information (not in order)
Village of Rennes-le-Chateau is perched on a rocky outcrop.
Antoine Bigou miscarved the date MDCCLXXXI (1781) as MDCOLXXXI. He changed C to O (not a Roman Numeral). His uncle preceded Sauniere as abbee at Rennes-de-Chateau. http://www.rennes-discovery.com/dalleblanchefort.htm
Poussin painted Les Bergers d’Acadie (1635-50) – the title is French, Poussin was associated with the Templars. http://www.parnasse.com/etinarc.jpg
Sauniere discovered a parchment (1891) that read, in part, “Shepherdess…Poussin…key…”
The complete quote (With my solution to the meaning)
Shepherdess (Refers to Poussin Painting with Shepherdess)
no temptation that (Refers to Teniers Painting of Witches calling spirits, not being tempted by them)
Poussin [and] Teniers keep the key. (You need both paintings to solve riddle)
Peace 681. (Signature Psalm 68 Verse 1 Psalm of David) – End of clues to riddle http://bible.cc/psalms/68-1.htm
By the cross and this horse of God.(Reference to Cardinal Richelieu shown in Teniers painting)
I finish off this guardian daemon at midday. (Priory of Sion Plot to murder Cardinal Richelieu?)
Blue apples (Priory of Sion Headquarters? Reference to painting of Eve reaching for a Blue Apple at St. Sulpice Church)
The location shown in the Poussin painting is Les Pointils, near Rennes-le-Chateau.
A reverse bas relief carving of Les Bergers d’Acadie, by Stuart is located at Shugborough house near Staffordshire England (1755) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Shugborough_arcadia.jpg
There are eight letters on one line of the bas relief, two letters on next line
Sauniere decoded the messages and found the Grail even though he was not a Templar initiate – he did not possess the esoteric knowledge thought to be needed.
Solution (Order of learning the clues is unimportant):
Poussin painted Les Bergers d’Acadie, it depicts a shepherdess. CLUE
The scene could be anywhere in the world and there would be thousands of tombs to search for. Poussin literally points the way in the painting: One man is pointing UP, the angle of his finger is about 43 degrees. The other man is pointing slightly down, about minus two degrees. (In geometry up on the Y axis is plus, down is minus. In cartography Plus is N and W, Minus is S and E).
They are pointing to: 43N 002E (Rennes-le-Chateau is at: 42.56N; 002.16E). This gives the location to search, Teniers shows what to look for.
Sauniere parchment refers to Poussin shepherdess painting. KEY # 1
Location can be determined now, if you have KEY #1, and access to Poussin’s painting.
Bas relief in England is a “REVERSE” of Poussin’s painting. CLUE
There are 10 letters on inscription, eight on one line. CLUE
Bas relief adds a casket obscuring view of Rennes le Chateau. CLUE
Bigou replaced C with O KEY # 2
Read the word REVERSED (i.e. upside down and mirrored) Then, REVERSE what Bigou did on the headstone: Replace the O with a C in the eight-letter word.
The modified line now looks like this:
This is an anagram, in French is two words: "Ca and Canvas” (That and Picture – it will not translate as a phrase from French to English, perhaps it should say Picture! That! Admonishing the reader) I was chastised by someone who would accept nothing less than the proper masculine form "Le Canvas". They should write to a 17th Century Templar and complain. The bas-relief in England is obscuring the location of the Holy Grail in France. You need to see the original painting to find the right location after you find KEY #2. D and M seem to be meaningless, outside the clue (Help?).
This clue is pointing the way, a path to the location of the grail. It is an anagram – reversed, mirrored, and one letter (c) changed. This riddle is done in classic Templar style.
1. The location can be found without the bas relief, if you have KEY 1
2. The location can be found without the parchment, if you have KEY 2.
I believe the Sauniere misinterpreted the Teniers clue and looked at “The Temptation of St. Anthony” painting. The clue clearly states no temptation that. Another Teniers painting may show the object that is sought in the search. “Witches preparing for the Sabbat" http://altreligion.about.com/library/graphics/sabbat23.jpg
(St. Anthony was tempted by demons, the witches were calling them – no temptation that!)” “Poussin [and] Teniers keep the key”).
This painting shows a horse’s head skeleton (no lower jaw) with an “all seeing or God’s eye” and skull and crossbones. The skull and crossbones have a vase of flowers placed on the head. The man of the cross, on God’s horse appears to be Cardinal Richelieu. The skull and crossbones, with the flowers on top seem to signify a Templar grave. This is. KEY 3
With KEY 1 or KEY 2, you know where to look, and with KEY 3 you know what to look for – a Knight’s grave near Rennes-le-Chateau. Sauniere solved the puzzle. The museum at his church has the skull and crossbones.