Moving on over

I've combined my blogs, just look at the last post, over at Alchemy of Clay. Trying to have a life outside blogland. Not sure it's going to work....

Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Temple


Scottish Rite Temple in Asheville, NC

It's title is across the lintel over the entrance.

This is a Masonic temple...here's the altar...


I don't know a thing about this.  I just found out my step-grandfather was a Shriner.  Is that the same?  Or does that connect to Masons?

I'll have to do some research when I get some time to look it up.

 OK- good old Wikipedia says this...

Shriner... is a men's fraternity rather than a religion or religious group. Its only religious requirement is indirect: all Shriners must be Masons, and petitioners to Freemasonry must profess a belief in a Supreme Being. To further minimize confusion with religion, the use of the word "temple" to describe Shriners' buildings has been replaced by "Shrine Center", although individual local chapters are still called temples.
Until 2000, before being eligible for membership in the Shrine, a person had to complete either the Scottish Rite or York Rite degrees of Masonry,   but now any Master Mason can join.

So my answer is yes, Shriners are Masons.  I'm not sure all Masons are Shriners.  But the funeral procession of my grandfather was by Shriners.  (I envision them in their little cars with fez hats on...but I bet it wasn't like that at all!)

4 comments:

  1. I've never heard of a Shrine or shriner before. Always learning something new in blogland.

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  2. How interesting! I know our 4th of July parade here always has Shriners driving those fun little cars/vehicles in it.

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  3. Synchronicity -- only yesterday I was there at the stoplight, admiring the handsome entryway and wondering what it looked like inside. Thanks, Barb!

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    1. Hi Vicki...sure sorry I missed getting to Malaprops yesterday...when you said you'd be there, I was really hoping to get there, and meet you finally. It will happen one of these days!

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