posted on Jan, 27 2007 @ 06:23 AM
Originally posted by bigred1000
How many bodies has the AAONMS inspired into existance? I know the Knights of Columbus and Knights of Pythias have Shrine like bodies. What about the
other masonic bodies, Scottish Rite, Knights Templar, ect. have they inspired "imitations"?
In Masonry, after the Shrine came along others like it popped up. The Shrine originally required that one be a York or Scottish Rite Mason. Some of
the other groups required one be a "Blue Lodge" Mason, membership in one or both of the Rites was not required. These are
The Tall Cedars of Lebanon
The Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm (commonly called "The Grotto")
Another "fun" group similar in nature to the Shrine is The Order of the Sword of Bunker Hill.
There are a few groups that require Shrine membership such as the Order of Quetzalcoatl, the Legion of Honor, the Royal Order of Jesters, the
Hillbilly Degree, etc.
There is also the Ladies Oriental Shrine, Daughters of the Nile (both for women related to Shriners) and the Prince Hall Shriners have the Daughters
As far as other fraternal groups, you've mentioned the Knights of Pythias who's "shrine-like" body is called the Knights of Khorassan. The Order
of Al Hambra is similar in nature (and discussed on another thread) It's not part of the Knights of Columbus (although that was it's original
intent) but it does require that one be a practical Catholic to join.
The Odd Fellows have had several such groups including the Oriental Order of Humility and Perfection (can't recall the others) They all eventually
merged into the Ancient Mystic Order of Samaratins (A.M.O.S.)