- Joris-Karl Huysmans and the Essence of Decadence
The French writer Joris-Karl Huysmans started his career as a naturalist, but with A Rebours ("Against Nature") he wrote "the bible of decadence" and with Down There a history of Satanism, facts turned into fiction, a masterpiece of occult horror.
- Down There: A History of Satanism
In 1890, the already famous French "decadent" writer Joris-Karl Huysmans wrote to a friend that he was looking for "a demoniac sodomite priest" who performed the black mass. He needed him for a new book, now known as Là-bas or Down There.
- The Satanist Chaplain of the Holy Blood
In 1891 Joris-Karl Huysmans published his novel Là-bas in which he paints a fantasy of Satanism, such as it was reportedly still practiced at that time in Paris. One of the most sinister figures however was the Chaplain of the Holy Blood of Bruges.
- The Code of the Holy Blood Imagine... According to J.K. Huysmans, the Chaplain of the Holy Blood Chapel of Bruges, Louis Van Haecke, was a "Super Satanist"... And he also wrote a book... about the Precious Blood of Bruges... with a Code in it!
- Rennes-le-Château and the Holy Blood of Bruges
Rennes-le-Château, a small medieval village in southwestern France, is internationally renowned for being in the middle of probably the greatest Conspiracy Theory of the 20th Century. A local restaurant owner wanted to increase business and spread some rumours of a lost treasure… And this was the origin for the non-fiction bestseller The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail or Dan Brown’s historical faction thriller The Da Vinci Code.
- The Holy Blood of Bruges, a New Jerusalem
The Holy Blood of Christ seems to have turned medieval Bruges (in Flanders, Belgium) into a Holy City. It's what, since the 19th century, made tourism popular in Bruges. But maybe this Holy City is not as holy as it seems...
- The Holy Sepulchre of Bruges-la-Morte
Visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Bruges-La-Morte, the Venice of the North, is a strange and morbid experience. Not only because the Holy Grave is to be found here, or a statue of the dead Christ,...
- Perceval and the Grail of Bruges: By Chrétien De Troyes
Chrétien de Troyes composed his famous epic poem Perceval, the Story of the Grail) between 1181 and 1191 for his patron Philip of Alsace, Count of Flanders. When he died, he left us with an unfinished masterpiece and a handful of mysteries...
Every year in Bruges, on Ascension Day, the Procession of the Holy Blood takes place. The centerpiece is the coagulated relic of the Precious Blood of Christ. Sixty to hundred thousand spectators are watching this parade of historical and biblical scenes.