posted on Nov, 12 2011 @ 09:37 AM
In Cape Town, that 'Lodge de Banqueting Goede Hoop & Hall' is next to Parliament. That isn't marked, or anything, on the building. Also next to
Parliament, on another nearby side (I was there today.), is a Slave Lodge building. This housed slaves in those colonial times. (Incidentally, Cape
Town is also the only place on the African continent that brought slaves from elsewhere in Africa.) It's a museum now. It was the Cultural History
Museum. It's now the Slave Lodge - changing its image to that time in history.
Anyway, upstairs displays are still of previously. One display is to do with the history of Freemasonary in South Africa. It shows e.g. symbols, with
jewelry pieces, etc. A note says that Freemasonary expanded a lot in the 1850s & 60s. That was even although there was quarrelling between the Dutch
and English lodges, and church opposition especially from the Dutch Reformed Church, and less from the Catholic Church. From the late 1800s it began
to loose plenty of influence it had in public and state affairs. Today, Masonic insignia and ritual are very much around. The influence is limited to
educational and charitable affairs. (I remember also seeing that at a festival I went to, at end of February this year.)
There's the unpublished notion 'The Origins and Growth of Freemasonry in South Africa 1712 - 1876' by A.A. Cooper.
Today in South Africa are 4 separate Masonic structures - English, Irish, Scottish and South African (Old Netherlandic). These are independent but
collaborate on many different levels.
I'd say that Freemasonry is not negative, and has some advanced teachings not meant for the general public. (It's like Gnosticsm (which it's linked
to, anyway) in Christianity, the Kaballah in Judaism, and Sufism in Islam.)
edit on 12-11-2011 by Aquarius1011 because: Typos.