(from an idea by G.Maiorano and A.Stirati)
‘Dante the Templar and his Journey to the Other World’.
Dante Alighieri is a unique, fashinating and mysterious middle-ages man, whose life and
works are still to be fully understood and are certainly worth of being shown on the ‘big
Even from far ancient times, Dante’s voice can still talk to contemporary people, although
many aspects of his life are controversial,
We have got information mainly from Giovanni Boccaccio’s work, ‘Dante’s life’.Among the
first interesting events, we find the premonitory dream which Bella, Dante’s mother, had
before his birth and was explained by an old maid, expert in dream interpretation.
A parallel story develops along our contemporary times: Chiara, a brilliant young art
historician endowed with strong sensibility and also with deep ‘sensitivity’ towards
unknown phenomena, has the assignment of writing a journal essay about the renowned
frescoes painted by Giotto in the ‘Scrovegni Chapel’ at Padua.. His friend Corrado, an
experienced photographer, joins the work and therefore they meet again after five years.
Now, in front of the wall with the famous ‘Last Judgment’, Corrado is detecting strange
anomalies in the lighting and electrical system of the chapel, meanwhile Chiara, while
examining from close distance the details of the many people portrayed in the ‘hell
section’, suddenly feels a sort of dizziness, a sense of fainting. Strong forces attract
somehow her body somewhere else …
She feels like travelling back to Giotto’s time, and now she can see the skilled toscan
painter decorating the interiors of the Scrovegni Chapel. Giotto has already begun with
the ‘Last Judgment’ frescoes on the north-side wall, when a man, hooded and guided by a
monk, enters the chapel and approaches him: this man is Dante!
The two fellow-citizen finally meet and celebrate their encounter, but Dante has been
banished from Florence and has to hide from his enemies. Then, they discover a curious
fact: they both have started working indipendently on the same subject, the ‘Hell’!
Almost five years earlier Dante had begun to write a poem about the ‘Other World’ but his
work soon stopped after seven chapters because of his ban, therefore the first chapters
have remained in Florence. Now Giotto strongly suggest him to recover them and go on
working to his extraordinary poem.
Few days later, during a hypnotic session, Chiara undergoes a ‘life regression’ and begins
to realize some events apparently related to a past life: she seems to be Bella, Alighiero’s
wife and Dante’s mother, living in a well-off house in Florence during the 13th century.
She’s pregnant and has a prophetic dream: a boy will be born named Durante, destined to
reach world wide fame: Dante Alighieri, the great poet.
Was Chiara really his mother in a previous life? The question will be solved right in the
end of the story.
Dante spends an easygoing life in Florence with merry crowds and witty jokes and tricks,
but this trend is going to change with time, especially when he meets his wise master and
teacher, Brunetto Latini, who will take good care and teach his young precocious student.
In the first part of the ‘Commedia’ – later to become the ‘Divina Commedia’ – that is, in the
‘Hell section’, we are shown Brunetto who talks to Dante during his journey accross the
Other World, and here the old master uses ‘prophetic words’ based on a sort of ‘horoscope’
arranged in his own studio in Florence long time ago. It is always Brunetto who suggests
Dante to contact the Templars, the religious and military order which called for a moral,
social and political renewal of the corrupt society of their times!
Surprising information and secrets are revealed to Chiara during the hypnotic session:
Dante’s Comedy is not really a ‘literary fantasy’, a fanciful work done by an immaginative
poet, but the result of true life events, their description and interpretation., that is:
- the first part, the ‘Hell’, is a true journey across existing places, hidden rivers, mysterious
woods within the ancient Etruscan region, full of cemeteries and religious sites;
- the last part, the ‘Heaven’, and its final ‘celestial vision‘ are the result of a real event, it
means the vision which appears to Dante himself during an initiation cerimony held at the
‘Love Faithful’ congragation, a sort of brotherhood derived from the Templars order :
Dante was one of the main members of such esoteric associations, which devised to
comunicate by making use of ‘secret codes’ and simulated ‘poetic rhymes’. This kind of
device was meant to avoid suspicions and persecutions run by the ‘Inquisition’, wich used
to torture and sentence its enemies to jail, exile or death by fire.
Dante’s initiation is a traditional old rhyte, which goes back to ancient Egypt and classical
Greece, has been preserved and survived like in flowing underground waters, finally
rediscovered during Crusades by the Templars during medieval ages, with the aim of
replacing the hopeless end of human soul and the unbelief in any servival after physical
death, with a true experience during everyone’s life. The rhyte was performed in an
underground temple, where the neophyte had to lie down inside a stone coffin - which
symbolizes the death of the old man, liable to ignorance and superstition, and the birth of
a new being, whose mind is going to be enlightened by the ‘Truth’s Light’.
The neophyte has a three-day induced sleep, during which he can shift his consciousness
to an altered state and be able to reach higher dimensions.
Only in the end of his poem and his journey accross the Other World, Dante is able to
overcome the human boundaries and expand his soul beyond space and time limits. In a
moment he lives the inexpressible feeling of belonging to the ‘Absolute’ within a never-
ending present, where the ‘Multiple’ is reabsorbed by the ‘One’, and every wish and desire
turns into the happiness and joy of being united to the ‘Universal Love’, the one that
“moves the sun and all other stars”.
Something is changing day by day in Chiara’s life: is therefore the ‘reincarnation’ a true
fact and not just a hypothesis? Has she experimented a ‘rebirth’ of her own being? And
where could she find the ‘new Dante’ if he may ever exist?
She will find an answer in the end!
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the short text, hereby enclosed as ‘film-project’ and named ‘Dante the Templar and
his Journey to the Other World’, has its true origins and reasons in the low attention
payed to Dante Alighieri, the renowned medieval poet and politician, and to his
masterpiece ‘The Divine Comedy’ - or simply the ‘Comedy’ - as major subjects for an
articulated, unusual and mysterious story, suitable for the ‘big screen’.
Various attempts have been made in the past century, and a few ideas have been
developed and adapted recently to theater, dance, music, visual arts, but presently new
elements have been found which allow a review of the interpretation of Dante’s life and
works and, furthermore, can enhance the interest for his political activity, his mysterious
journeys, the hidden messages and secret codes he introduced in his works
A new perpective of Dante’s poem and his journey to the ‘Other World’ will be set up
and a parallel story will develop with contemporary protagonists, whose lives are going to
change together with the story of the ‘supreme poet’: two journeys, which will cross in the
end and reveal an unknown unpredictable truth and its consequences on the
masterpieces of the Italian visual arts.
The Authors, Giuseppe Maioran and Alfredo Stirati
Rome, July 30th 2013