The secret of “Et in Arcadia Ego”, found in a painting by Nicolas Poussin, travels from the coordinated mass arrest of the Knights Templar in France, to Scotland, hideout of escaped Templars, and then to “New Scotland”, also known as Nova Scotia. Into this land of Arcadia came emigrants from France, known as Acadians and then abbreviated to just Cajuns. But the Cajuns were exiled from the New Found Land (Newfoundland) and journeyed to what is now Louisiana. One secret of Arcadia they must have carried with them was the secret of Cajun cooking.
Thus reads the description of my latest video, “Secret of the Cajuns”, published to YouTube on February 2, 2016 – Groundhog Day (but for some reason Google does not have this fact featured today). The video clip, which clocks in at 10 minutes and 46 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
Hidden meaning in a certain painting, The Shepherds of Arcadia (also called Et in Arcadia Ego), by Nicolas Poussin, can be found.
For instance, the mountain in the background of the Poussin painting is claimed to be Mount Cardou itself! The significance of Mount Cardou was briefly explained in the previous Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry, Et in Arcadia Ego.
A book by Michael Anderson Bradley, Grail Knights of North America, reports that Henry Lincoln, co-author of the 1982 bestseller, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, was secretly advised that “there existed in France a real tomb identical to the one in Poussin’s painting.” He found a tomb, near the castle of Arques in southern France which was “absolutely identical” to the one featured in The Shepherds of Arcadia. Henry Lincoln furthermore discovered that Poussin “had accurately painted the heights of Mount Cardou, the hilltop castle of Blanchefort – and the hill on which the village of Rennes-le-Chateau still perches.” 
A coordinated mass arrest, in France, of the Knights Templar, on Friday, October 13th, 1307, did not succeed in capturing the Templar fleet at La Rochelle. The ships sailed to parts unknown. They likely traveled to Scotland where, at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, English troops were terrified when an elite force of knights entered the fray.
In Scotland, Sir Henry Sinclair, 9th Baron of Rosslyn, reigned as Prince of Orkney from 1358 to 1400. Henry Sinclair learned from the prominent Venetian family of Carlo, Nicolo, and Antonio Zeno that some of their sailors had spent 20 years in a New Found Land.
In 1398, Henry Sinclair and Nicolo Zeno, along with 12 ships, sailed to “New Scotland”, known today as Nova Scotia. 
In this New Scotland there came to settle emigrants from France, who arrived around 1605 and called their home Acadia. The origin of the designation Acadia is credited to the explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, who, on his 16th century map applied the ancient Greek name “Arcadia” to the entire Atlantic coast north of Virginia. 
Et in Arcadia ego.
From Arcadians to Acadians, these people eventually became known as the Cajuns. During the French and Indian War, the Cajuns were exiled and moved to what is now Louisiana.
What secrets did the Arcadians carry with them to Louisiana? Undoubtedly, one such secret would have been that of the Cajun cooking.
——- Sources ——-
 Grail Knights of North America, by Michael Anderson Bradley. Google Books excerpt.
 Melchizedek Communique, by Brian Redman. 2010. Published by Lulu.com
 “Acadia”, Wikipedia, February 2, 2016.