The Universal Language of Freemasonry

The Universal Language of Freemasonry. A Socio-Linguistic Study of an In-Group's Means of Communication compared with Ritualistic Diction and Symbolism of "Profane" Fraternities, and a Survey of its General Applicability


Doctoral Thesis / Dissertation, 2003

887 Pages, Grade: Cum Laude


Abstract or Introduction

Freemasons employ a special way of communication, for example, sign language, metaphors, symbols, neologisms, technical terminology, ritualistic travels. The problem under investigation is the Masonic claim to possess a 'universal language'. The organizing construct of this dissertation is a comparison of the whole range of Freemasonry - male, female, youth orders, orders for the Blacks, and quasi-Masonic fun orders - with imitative fraternities, such as early American benefit societies, and their inherent diction. The experimental method used by the author included the research of Masonic and other fraternal sources of the last three centuries, visits to Masonic institutions and interviews with Freemasons. These activities led to the findings that, while the symbols are generally applicable, the written Masonic language is not totally uniform internationally. Thus, the ethical teaching which is to be drawn out of the symbolic Masonic communication has reached an international level, and it is a fact that it is still alive since the official founding of Freemasonry in 1717, but the ritualistic phraseology of comparable early trade unions and mutual benefit societies of the United States either has ceased to be employed or merely forms a pompous but hollow shell around a worldly issue, such as insurance.

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Title
The Universal Language of Freemasonry
Subtitle
The Universal Language of Freemasonry. A Socio-Linguistic Study of an In-Group's Means of Communication compared with Ritualistic Diction and Symbolism of "Profane" Fraternities, and a Survey of its General Applicability
College
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz  (FTSK Germersheim, FB 06 Translations-, Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaft)
Grade
Cum Laude
Author
Year
2003
Pages
887
Catalog Number
V1132530
ISBN (eBook)
9783346508003
ISBN (Book)
9783346508010
Language
English
Tags
universal, language, freemasonry, socio-linguistic, study, in-group, means, communication, ritualistic, diction, symbolism, profane, fraternities, survey, general, applicability
Quote paper
Christina Voss (married Lyons) (Author), 2003, The Universal Language of Freemasonry, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/1132530

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