25 Curious Facts About Freemasonry

We’ve all heard of Freemasonry and the supposedly hidden agenda its members have to achieve global domination through a new world order, but how many of us really know anything substantial about the subject? Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest fraternities. While its traditions date back to early history, Masonry in its current form appeared when its public events were noticed by the residents of London in 1717. Although Masonry—particularly during its early days—had some elements of secrecy, the first discovery of the supposedly highly secret Masonic ritual actually happened in 1696! Since then there have been tens of thousands of books published about this not-so-secret organization. Freemasonry’s singular purpose is to make men better and its bonds of friendship, compassion, and brotherly love have survived even the most divisive political, military, and religious conflicts throughout the centuries. Freemasonry is neither a forum nor a place of worship. It is not a religion, as many believe, and it does not teach a religious philosophy. Still, many questions remain about this “fraternity”. The following 25 Curious Facts About Freemasonry will attempt to shed some light on the matter and help us understand the organization’s cause and purpose a little better.

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In the type of Freemasonry practiced in the United States female members are not allowed, whereas in the type practiced in Europe, women are generally allowed to be initiated.

WomanSource: freemasonry.org, Image: Wikimedia commons (public domain: published before 1923)
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Sun worshiping is the core of Freemasonry and probably many other secret societies.

sunSource: secret-societies.com, Image: Wikimedia commons (public domain)
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In the type of Freemasonry practiced in the United States, members are required to believe in God, though the interpretation of this is left up to the individual member.

PopeSource: freemasonry.org, Image: Wikimedia commons (public domain: published before 1923)
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At the time it was built in 1892 the Masonic Temple in Chicago, Illinois, was the world’s tallest building. It was twenty-two stories high.

Masonic Temple in ChicagoSource: chicagoreader.com, Image: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain: 1st publication before 1923)
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During the American civil war enemy soldiers who recognized each other as Freemasons helped each other and saved each other’s lives. Even during war these Freemasons’ loyalty to the craft did not fade.

American civil warSource: masonicfind.com, Image: Wikimedia commons (public domain: author's life + 70 yrs)

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