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History Channel - Decoding The Past

Decoding the Past (2005-present) is a History Channel documentary television series that "decodes" the past by looking for unusual, paranormal, and mysterious things written about throughout history that may give clues as to what will happen in the future.


Bible Mysteries
In this episode bible mysteries are examined in which includes Noah's Ark, Sodom and Gomorrah, and the Shroud of Turin. Plus messages and codes that are within the texts of the Old Testament.

Cults - Dangerous Devotion
The history of cults that include the Branch Davidians, Heaven's Gate and the ancient Greek cult of Dionysus.

Doomsday 2012
The Prophecies and the oracles that seem to point to Dec. 21, 2012, as doomsday. This includes clues from the Mayan calendar, the medieval predictions of Merlin, the Book of Revelation and also the I Ching.

Exorcism - Driving Out The Devil
Featuring interviews with experts in the fields of theology, history, medicine, and parapsychology, this feature-length special explores humankind's complex relationship with the paranormal by examining the puzzling ritual of exorcism. Though the practice has long been banned by the Catholic Church, exorcisms have been performed throughout the modern era, as a means of freeing those "possessed" by demons. This History Channel special traces the religious ritual back to its ancient roots, and exposes real-life cases from the 21st century, including the true story behind William Peter Blatty's THE EXORCIST.

Mayan Doomsday Prophecy
The examinings of the mysterious end date (which corresponds to December 21, 2012) of the Mayan Long Count calendar that has led to speculation that this marks the end of the world. Including a visit to the ruins of the Chichen Itza on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle
Since the 15th century, the Bermuda Triangle has mysteriously vanished an untold number of ships, planes and lives with three more known incidents in 2004. Using today's scientific knowledge and investigative techniques, we study the riddle of the Bermuda Triangle. Through computer graphics, highly stylized recreations, and underwater cameras, we will dramatically visualize the accidents as well as investigate the possible causes and explanations. On-camera interviews with both skeptics and believers will help lay out the facts and opinions of the cases. Can the latest science available today finally lay to rest the mysteries of the Triangle?

Mysteries of the Freemasons Part 1
Special examines the origins of the Freemasons and their putative roots in the stonemasons of the Temple of Solomon and the Knights Templar, the impact of the Freemasons on the Age of Enlightenment and the founding of the American republic, populist anti-Masonic hysteria of the 19th century, and freemasonry today.

Mysteries of the Freemasons Part 2
The history of the Freemasons that examines the popular misconceptions regardes the organization that includes dramatic reenactments and also interviews with historians. Among those commenting: Akram R. Elias, Steven Bullock and Brent Morris.

Mysteries of the Garden of Eden
The biblical Garden of Eden and also the mysteries that surrounds the supposed paradise and the creation story are examined. This includes the trying to determine its location.

Nazi Prophecies
Prophecies throughout history that some believe had foretold the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Germany are explored. Also: the origins of Nazism.

Opus Dei - Unveiled
A history of the Roman Catholic with the organization of Opus Dei encouraging Christians to live consistently with their faith.

Presidential Prophecies
Supposed prophecies that are regarding U.S. presidents and the involvement of presidents in the paranormal this includes the consultation of psychics. Among those discussed are Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Ronald Reagan, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.

Prophecies of Iraq
The examinings of theories suggesting that biblical prophecies thought to be about the fall of Babylon to the Persians may have been referring to modern-day Iraq. This includes the Gulf Wars and also the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Prophecies of Israel
In this episode examining of prophecies that are found in the Hebrew Bible, or Tanakh, that are also relevant to Jewish history. Included are comments from experts on the world's three major religions that is archival footage and dramatic reenactments.

Relics of The Passion
In this episode their is the reviewing of the history of various relics that connect with the Passion of Jesus. Included in is the cross on which Jesus was crucified, the crown of thorns, the nails of the cross and the Titulus, a sign placed on the top of the cross. Also the Veil of Veronica, which was supposedly bears in the image of Jesus.

Secrets of Kabbalah
Once exclusively reserved for study by ultra-religious male scholars of Judaism, Kabbalah has recently become known as a multi-million dollar, celebrity-endorsed phenomenon. SECRETS OF KABBALAH strips away the hype and demystifies the writings that have been studied by Jewish scholars for thousands of years. Is the Kabbalah of the stars the same Kabbalah that Jewish scholars have studied for generations? Even as more and more people are seen wearing the red string bracelets associated with Kabbalah, the original teachings behind this seemingly new fad are in fact understood by precious few.

Secrets of the Dollar Bill
The stories that are behind the numbers and symbols on the U.S. $1 bill are explored. This includes the bill's evolution and also alternative designs. Also a visit to the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Secrets of the Koran Part 1
The exploration of the Koran that examines what it means to Muslim, the historical context of the writings, similarities to the Bible, and also its role throughout history. This includes the golden age of Islam and the Crusades. Plus the meaning of the word "jihad" and its modern usage.

Secrets of the Koran Part 2
In this hour, we explore what role the Koran has played throughout Islamic history. From the 500-year Golden Age of Islam, to the legendary clashes of Muslim and Christian forces during the times of the Crusades, we'll identify what influence the Koran had on the individuals living out those momentous events. We also look at the use of the word jihad, its meaning within the Koran, and how the concept has been used by others including modern-day Islamic radicals. The messages in Islam's holy book have been used to launch some of the world's greatest civilizations, and at times its interpretations have been used as justification for acts of violence. We'll attempt to get at the heart of one of the world's holiest books, capturing its majesty and mystery, and illuminating for the audience the very foundation of Islam.

Secrets of the Playing Card
The history of playing cards is traced toward the roots in ancient China, Persia and Egypt. Plus their connection with the secret societies and the occult.

The Antichrist Part 1
How would you recognise the most evil person on Earth? According to many historical texts, you should look for a brilliant, enigmatic public figure who transforms the world for good, for a while. Basically, the last person you'd tap as Satan's human emissary.

The Antichrist Part 2
The agenda of the Antichrist; the Apocalypse. A historical look at the biblical antichrist, what it has meant in the past and references to what it means in the present day. The search for who the antichrist might be, stems according to the documentary, primarily from the US, and includes such past figures as Popes, Hitler, Mussolini, Napoleon, to the more present day figures of Nixon, Bush, Bill Gates.

The Bible Code Part 1 - Predicting Armageddon
The examinings of the notion that the Bible can be used to predict future events. Included are the comments from supporters and critics.

The Bible Code Part 2 - Apocolypse and Beyond
THE BIBLE CODE introduced millions of people to the controversial theory that the pages of the scriptures contain a code holding the secrets to past and future events. This follow-up program again assembles some of the code’s leading adherents and practitioners to show how to read the Bible’s shadow text, while critics persuasively rebut their extraordinary claims and interpretations with a host of arguments suggesting the code is a statistical anomaly at best. Learn of the military’s interest in the code, and compare what it purportedly says with other sources of Biblical prophecy.

The Holy Grail
The legend of the Holy Grail is examined and questioned.

The Other Nostradamus
A profile of an American psychic Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), who had offered a medical diagnoses and various prognostications, often while in a trance.

The Real Sorcerer's Stone
The exploration of a fabled sorcerer's stone, which had medieval alchemists believe that the power to transform base metals into gold and also to ensure a long life. Includes the roots of modern lab equipment and also experiments in alchemy.

The Templar Code Part 1
Part 1 of a two-part history of the Knights Templar, a medieval Christian order that was charged with protecting Jerusalem following the Crusades. Includes undeciphered carvings on prison walls in France.

The Templar Code Part 2
A history of the Knights Templar, a medieval Christian order that charged with protecting Jerusalem following the Crusades. This includes comments by historians.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead
Investigating the Bardo Thodol, the funerary text that describes the experience of human consciousness between death and rebirth, an important part of Tibetan Buddhism. According to tradition, it was written by Padmasambhava, the man who introduced the religion to Tibet, and buried in the Gampo Hills in the central region of the country.

Unraveling The Shroud
The examinings of mysteries that surround the Shroud of Turin, believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus. This includes the current tests and theories. Also a theory that Leonardo da Vinci had created the shroud as a hoax.

Vampire Secrets
Their is a study of the vampire legend that focuses on the common threads founded in different versions, this includes the drinking of blood and also the idea of returning from the dead.