Back in 1999, European pharmaceuticals and medical conglomerate the Cheiron Group (TCG) engaged in a highly publicized series of lawsuits directed against a number of individuals and groups -- mostly religious in nature, mostly American -- who had propagated in the media the story that the company was controlled by Satanic forces.
The story had come out of TCG's logo, the head of a horned, bearded man wearing a laurel wreath and superimposed over a caduceus. Various fundamentalists in the US misinterpreted the logo's classical pagan imagery as being somehow occult, and further misinterpreted "occult" as straight Devil worship. They gladly propagated the Satanic connection, at times even encouraging people to boycott the conglomerate.
The central company, Cheiron Ltd, has been around for about 100 years. Company literature describes the company logo as having been designed by Cheiron's founder, Edward Barrett, in 1905. But if that's so, how come the logo appears on a sculpted medallion above the door of an 18th-century Masonic hall in London? Why does that same logo appear in a suppressed book on forbidden religions printed in Geneva in 1632? What is the logo doing engraved on the ornate helmet of a 15th-century suit of Bavarian plate armor? And, for that matter, why is it repeated perfectly as the motif on the pediment of a sunken temple off Santorini, apparently lost well over 3,000 years ago and only rediscovered in 1987?
The Cheiron Group has numerous subsidieries and actively works with:
- blood testing
- DNA testing
- petroleum chemical processing