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Olympic rings

According to Dan Brown, the five Olympic rings were a last minute substitute for the games' originally intended symbol: the five-pointed star tied to the goddess Venus (DVC, 36-37). Actually the ancient contests were held in honor of Zeus, not Venus. Also, the Olympic rings were not a Greek creation; they were designed in 1913 by Frenchman Baron Pierre de Coubertin to represent the five participating continents of Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and "Oceania."

Original copies of The Da Vinci Code stated that the ancient Olympic Games were held every four years because the planet Venus traced "a perfect pentacle across the ecliptic sky every four years." That cycle was every eight years, not four, and in later printings of the DVC, the "four years" was changed to "eight years" (DVC, 36), with the games following the half-cycles of Venus. See also pentacle.

Printed with permission from Bethany House Publishers, South Bloomington, Minnesota from the book "The Da Vinci Codebreaker : an easy-to-use fact checker for truth seekers" by James L. Garlow.

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