This sentence appeared in Cherisey's novel Circuit, to be exact, in Chapter Five 'The Pope'. Translated, it means something like: 'the grouper is the fish from which the Merovingians claim [?descent]'. The remark is made by Charlot. I thought to myself what a strange comment to have in his novel. Was it a pun on the word Merou, which stood for the first part of the Merovingian word? Had he associated Merou with MERO-vingian? This, to me, seemed to simple. But perhaps that is all Cherisey meant anyway ...
There are several theories regarding the ancestry of the Merovingians - the most famous being that mentioned by contemporary historians' where the ancestry of Merovee, the eponymous ancestor of the Merovingians includes a Quinataur. The Quinotaur is a creature with origins in French mythology, legend and folklore & in particular, Frankish mythology. However, the Merovingians never talked about their ancestry. The description of the Quinotaur attacking the wife of the Frankish king Chlodio while the two visited a beach came from outside the family's clan. From the union of the Quinataur and Chlodio's wife, the creature sired Merovee, founder of the Merovingian Dynasty.
By a phrase commonly used to refer to it (Bestea Neptuni Quinotauri Similis, or "Beast of Neptune Which Resembles a Quinotaur"), it is speculated that the Quinataur was a divine son and/or emissary of the Roman god Neptune. The Quinotaur is a large fish-like creature, similar to a Hippocampus, but instead with the foreparts of a bull. The creature's bull head also has five horns--two horns in the normal position, and three horns forming a sort of trident in the middle of its forehead. Most interesting of all, the Quinotaur is a son and/or divine emissary of the Roman god Neptune, thus giving it and its descendants favour with that deity (though, what this entails in unknown). You can see other ideas on their ancestry HERE.
Of course, from the best seller Holy Blood, Holy Grail the authors suggested that the ancestry of the Merovingians included another God, that of Jesus Christ. I had always thought that this idea only surfaced with Lincoln et al. But knowing how Cherisey likes his word play i investigated the above quote from Circuit, because it raised suspicions with me that Cherisey was claiming the same idea as Lincoln et al. Thus how does one get from MÉROU to Jesus Christ?
The fact that Merou also had a synonymous name of ICHTYOL set alarm bells ringing. Why? You may have already guessed it yourselves! ICHTYOL is the Ancient Greek ἰχθύς (ikhthús, “fish”) + -ol, for a substance that is extracted from shale tar, from the decomposition of fossil fish and sea animals, hence the connection to the root ichtyo-. Ichtyol is prepared by dry distillation of a bituminous mineral containing fossil fishes.
Noun - ichthyol (plural ichthyols)
ἰχθύς = (ikhthū́s) (genitive ἰχθῠ́ος); m, third declension
To continue the ichthys or ichthus word (/ˈɪkθəs/), from the Greek ikhthýs (ἰχθύς, "fish"), is a symbol consisting of two intersecting arcs, the ends of the right side extending beyond the meeting point so as to resemble the profile of a fish. It was used by early Christians as a secret Christian symbol and now known colloquially as the "sign of the fish" or the "Jesus fish". Greeks, Romans, and many other pagans used the fish symbol before Christians.
In pagan beliefs, Ichthys was the offspring of the ancient Sea goddess Atargatis [this sea goddess was known in various mythic systems as Tirgata, Aphrodite, Pelagia, or Delphine. The word also meant "womb" and "dolphin" in some tongues. Before Christianity adopted the fish symbol, it was known by pagans as "the Great Mother", and "womb". Its link to fertility, birth, and the natural force of women was acknowledged also by the Celts, as well as pagan cultures throughout northern Europe. In certain non-Christian beliefs the fish also has been identified with reincarnation and the life force. Atargatis was the chief goddess of northern Syria in Classical Antiquity. Ctesias also used the name Derceto for her, and the Romans called her Dea Syriae ("Syrian goddess"). Primarily she was a goddess of fertility, but, as the baalat ("mistress") of her city and people, she was also responsible for their protection and well-being. Her chief sanctuary was at Hierapolis, northeast of Aleppo, Syria. She is sometimes described as a mermaid-goddess, due to identification of her with a fish-bodied goddess at Ascalon. Michael Rostovtzeff called her "the great mistress of the North Syrian lands". As Ataratheh, doves and fish were considered sacred by her: doves as an emblem of the Love-Goddess, and fish as symbolic of the fertility and life of the waters. Her consort is usually Hadad. Hadad is a Northwest Semitic storm and rain god, cognate in name and origin with the earlier attested East Semitic Akkadian (Assyrian-Babylonian) god Adad. Hadad was also called "Pidar", "Rapiu", "Baal-Zephon", or often simply Baʿal (Lord), but this title was also used for other gods. The bull was the symbolic animal of Hadad. He appeared bearded, often holding a club and thunderbolt while wearing a bull-horned headdress. Hadad was equated with the Indo-European Nasite Hittite storm-god Teshub; the Egyptian god Set; the Greek god Zeus; the Roman god Jupiter, as Jupiter Dolichenus. The word Hadad-rimmon, for which the inferior reading Hadar-rimmon is found in some manuscripts in the phrase "the mourning of (or at) Hadad-rimmon" (Zechariah 12:11), has been a subject of much discussion. According to Jerome and all the older Christian interpreters, the mourning is for something that occurred at a place called Hadad-rimmon (Maximianopolis) in the valley of Megiddo. The event alluded to was generally held to be the death of Josiah (or, as in the Targum, the death of Ahab at the hands of Hadadrimmon). But even before the discovery of the Ugaritic texts some suspected that Hadad-rimmon might be a Dying-and-rising god like Adonis or Tammuz, perhaps even the same as Tammuz, and the allusion could then be to mournings for Hadad such as those which usually accompanied the Adonis festivals. (Hitzig on Zechariah 12:2, Isaiah 17:8; Movers, Phonizier, 1.196]. It is interesting that all these words lead back to some association with the sea just as the Quinataur is.
The symbolic meaning of the ichthys word of course is as follows:
ΙΧΘΥΣ (Ichthus) is an backronym/acrostic for "Ίησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ", (Iēsous Christos, Theou Yios, Sōtēr), which translates into English as "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour".
So from a simple word, Merou, mentioned by Cherisey, we have delved into Frankish mythology and other mythology of Gods and Goddesses and ended up with Cherisey saying, really, that the Merovingians claimed descent from the god, Jesus Christ!
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My name is Sandy Hamblett, inspired and passionate researcher of the mysteries at Rennes-les-Bains.