The Ancient and Primitive Rite
IF YOU FEAR BEING ILLUMINATED ON YOUR SHORTCOMINGS, YOU WILL BE WRONGLY AMONG US.
IF CURIOSITY CONDUCTED YOU HERE, GO ON IN!
IF YOU ARE CAPABLE OF HIDING, TREMBLE. YOU WILL BE UNMASKED.
IF YOU HOLD TO HUMAN DISTINCTIONS, LEAVE, THEY ARE NOT KNOWN HERE! IF YOUR SOUL TREMBLED, STARTLED, DO NOT GO FAR!
IF YOU PERSEVERE, YOU WILL BE PURIFIED, YOU WILL BE FREE OF THE DARKNESS WITHIN YOU, THE LIGHT WILL ILLUMINATE YOU...
All historians and commentators agree that modern Freemasonry has its immediate origins in the master Mason builders of the Great European Gothic Cathedrals of the Middle Ages. These builders were themselves closely tied to the Knights Templar and to the Templar building associations, heirs to the Central European monastic associations and the Byzantine Colleges which, in their turn, had their origins in the Roman Collegia. In this way we date back to the VIth century B.C. This uninterrupted chain leads us back to the important Initiatic Schools of Egypt in which certain adherents had attained the highest degree of initiation; among them Moses, Pythagoras and Plato.
Click HERE to go to the US web site of the Ancient and Primitive Rite of Memphis-Misraïm.
For a booklet outlining more details of this particular filiation, click HERE for a PDF version.