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A map of Washington, DC.
Bones (2007)
This episode is the third part of a serial killer story arc that attempts to weave an historical group into a fictional back story.
Angela: "And all of the relics, including that silver skeleton, can be traced to the Gormogons."
Hodgins: "A seventeenth century anti-masonic group, supposed to be extinct. [00:06:30]
Angela: "Barabas, a murderer and rapist who was condemned to death in new testament Jerusalem.
Hodgins: "The Gormogons believe that the descendents of Barabbas started the first secret societies."
Angela: "To the Gormogons, Barabbas is an enduring symbol of all that is backwards, upside down or inside out. [00:09:50]
Hodgins: "Which means capital city, DC, was laid out according to masonic symbols. Notice the pentagram, here, over the White House." [00:10;20]
Angela: "And you see the compass, and the square."
Zak: "The point of the compass is over the US capital building."
Angela accurately identifies an inked image on a tapestry as a Gormogon symbol [00:16:20] .
Distracting attention from the masonic theme, a government lobbyist and potential victim is later identified as a member of the Knights of Columbus, described as "a group of civic minded men who do good works in their community." [00:18:10]
Hodgins: "The Gormogons started out as the good guys, you know. In the sixteen hundreds the malignant manipulations of secret societies, like the Illuminati, The Carbonari, the Masons, The Tong, were starting to be felt. The Gormogons championed the ideal that humanity should be free of these pernicious influences. Good guys."
Sweets: "So you feel sympathy, for Gormogon."
Hodgins: "There are secret societies working today. It's naïve to think otherwise. You think I'm paranoid."
Sweets: "Yeah." [00:28:50]
Keeping in mind that this is a work of fiction, to link the early-eighteenth century Gormogons, late-eighteenth century Illuminati, early nineteenth century Carbonari and mid-nineteenth century Tong, with Freemasonry, which in the sixteen hundreds was still a Scottish trade quild, is breathtaking in its historical misrepresentations. While the scriptwriters have created an entirely fictional description of the Gormogons, the properties department is to be commended for actually reproducing one of the few images actually identified with the Gormogons: a medal currently in the British Museum. Theories of a masonic origin of the Washington, DC streetplan have been thoroughly debunked. The description of the biblical character, Barabbas, is just plain wrong.

Bones "The Knight on the Grid (2007). Directed by Dwight H. Little, written by Hart Hanson, Kathy Reichs. Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin, Eric Millegan, Tamara Taylor, T.J. Thyne, John Francis Daley, Ryan O'Neal, Patricia Belcher, Bess Wohl, Leon Russom, David Brisbin, Carlease Burke, James Immekus, Roxana Brusso. 43 min. USA, English, Colour, Stereo. 20 November 2007 (Season 3, Episode 8)


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