One of four elemental brands used by the secret organization known as the Illuminati.
In Dan Brown’s novel Angels and Demons, this symbol is part of a group of metal branding tools that are used in a series of ritualistic murders throughout the story. The brand itself is an artistic ambigram (a word or other representation that retains the same appearance/meaning even if the physical view is altered) of the word “AIR”, representing one of the four main elements of traditional science. The Illuminati, a secret society that has for centuries been in conflict with the Catholic Church, kidnaps four cardinals just before Conclave (the procedure by which a new pope is elected) begins and proceeds to publically brand and execute them as revenge for similar killings perpetrated by the church nearly 400 years previously. All the while, a highly dangerous explosive is ticking away beneath St. Peter’s Basilica, and the main character Professor Robert Langdon must draw upon all of his historical and cultural knowledge to solve a series of riddles that will ultimately lead to the secret Illuminati hiding place.
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