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Why Red Aprons?

Why Red Aprons? Perhaps, for the benefit of the non-Mason, I should answer the question "Why do masons wear aprons?" first. Briefly, although there is much debate about where modern Freemasonry comes from, I think it is fair to say that Freemasons wear aprons as a symbolic link to the operative masons who built castles and cathedrals in the middle ages. Early (17th Century) Freemasons wore plain aprons that were made of lamb skin, but these evolved into more elaborate hand painted and decorated examples. In 1731 the Grand Master, his Deputy and the Grand Wardens (then the only "Grand" Officers) were permitted to line their white leather aprons with blue silk. Masters and Wardens of particular Lodges were allowed to line...

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Secret of Masonic handshape

a lot of people take masonic is a secrets society.  do you get some idea of its handshakes? A handshake is defined as the act of grasping and shaking a person’s hand (as to acknowledge an introduction or to agree on a contract). The Masonic Handshake is an important symbol used to represent members of the society of freemasons. There are several different handshakes depending on the level of the mason. The act of shaking a masons hand will indicate immediately what level a mason is, without a single spoken word! Masonic handshakes are mainly used for social purposes as a form of recognition. Masonic Handshake – Masters Grip The Master’s grip is shown in the image on the right. It is...

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Is there a proven History behind the Freemasons ?

Is there a proven History behind the Freemasons ? Empirical evidence supporting the history of Freemasonry prior to the 18th Century is hard to find. Theories vary wildly from the plausible to the sensational. Most masons believe that Freemasonry is derived from the early medieval stonemasons guilds and enquire no further. However, a well rounded study in Freemasonry should look more deeply at all possible roots, even if only to be able to dismiss most of them. There is no commonly accepted Ancient History of Freemasonry – even UGLE does not publish a house view prior to its own initial conception in 1717. This is curious because a resemblance of modern Freemasonry (judging from a corpus of medieval manuscripts) was already in place...

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Was ist eine Freimaurerei?

Geschichte: Die Ursprünge und die frühe Entwicklung der Freimaurerei sind Gegenstand einiger Debatten und Vermutungen. Ein Gedicht, das als "Regius-Manuskript" bekannt ist, wurde auf etwa 1390 datiert und ist der älteste bekannte Freimaurer-Text. Es gibt Hinweise darauf, dass es in Schottland bereits Ende des 16. Jahrhunderts Freimaurer-Logen gab (zum Beispiel hat die Lodge at Kilwinning, Schottland, Aufzeichnungen aus dem späten 16. Jahrhundert), die in den Zweiten Schaw-Statuten erwähnt wird ( 1599), in dem angegeben wurde, dass "Sie Wächter von Kilwynning Tak Tryall von Ihrem Aemetium der Erinnerung und Wissenschaft, von jedem Mann des Handwerks und aller Prenteiss nach Ihren Berufungen" waren). Es gibt klare Hinweise auf die Existenz von Logen in England zur Mitte des 17. Jahrhunderts. Die Freimaurerei ist...

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