Freemasons For Dummies

Freemasons For Dummies

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Fascinated by Freemasons? "Freemasons For Dummies" is the internationally best-selling introduction to the Masons, the oldest and largest 'secret society' in the world. This balanced, eye-opening guide demystifies Freemasonry, explaining everything from its elaborate rituals and cryptic rites, to its curious symbols and their meanings. Find out what goes on in a Masonic meeting. You'll understand the true purposes of Masonic 'secrecy' and philosophy, meet famous Masons throughout history, and discover related organizations like the Knights Templar, the Scottish Rite, Order of the Eastern Star, and the Shriners. You can explore the controversies and conspiracy theories that swirl around this organization at the center of Dan Brown's novel "The Lost Symbol", and discover the changes coming to the "Craft".
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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 185.4 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 589.68g
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • 0764597965
  • 9780764597961
  • 248,914

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Covers Masonry's origins, purpose, and symbolsYour plain-English introduction to this ancient organizationFascinated by Freemasons? This balanced, eye-opening guide demystifies Freemasonry, explaining everything from its elaborate rituals and cryptic rights to the veiled symbols and their meanings. You'll understand the Freemasonry philosophy, meet famous Masons throughout history, explore the many controversies and conspiracy theories that swirl around the organization, and discover the changes coming to the Craft.Discover how toGet a handle on how this fraternal order operatesUnderstand the degrees and groups of FreemasonryGain knowledge of the Freemason degreesRecognize misconceptions about MasonsFind a lodge
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Table of contents

Introduction. Part I: What Is Freemasonry? Chapter 1: Lodges, Aprons, and Funny Handshakes: Freemasonry 101. Chapter 2: From Quarries to Lodge Rooms: A History of the Freemasons. Chapter 3: The Philosophy of Freemasonry. Chapter 4: Politics, Religion, and Freemasons: They Don't Mix. Part II: The Mechanics of Freemasonry: How It Works. Chapter 5: How the Freemasons Are Organized: Who Does What and Why. Chapter 6: The Ceremonies of Freemasons. Chapter 7: The Symbols of Freemasonry. Chapter 8: Myths and Misconceptions about Masons. Part III: Knights, Swords, Fezzes, and Dresses: The Appendant Bodies. Chapter 9: Introducing the Appendant Bodies: Who's Who, and Who Isn't. Chapter 10: The York Rite. Chapter 11: The Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. Chapter 12: The Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. Chapter 13: The Extended Masonic Family. Part IV: Freemasonry Today and Tomorrow. Chapter 14: So Is It Still Relevant? Chapter 15: Freemasons and the Future. Chapter 16: So You Want to Become a Freemason. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 17: Ten Groups of Famous Masons. Chapter 18: Ten Amazing Conspiracies, Anti-Masons, and Hoaxes. Chapter 19: Ten Cool Masonic Places. Part VI: Appendixes. Appendix A: The Regius Manuscript. Appendix B: Anderson's Constitutions. Appendix C: Finding a Lodge. Index.
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..".a delight; no masonic prudery here, no academic dry ... simple readable style that encourages one to read on...great value..." (The Square, March 2006)
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About Christopher Hodapp

Christopher Hodapp is a Mason who has traveled extensively, reporting on Masonic practices in Great Britain, France, and elsewhere. He has written for the Grand Lodge magazine The Indiana Freemason.
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