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# What is a "White Hat"?

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posted on Jun, 18 2011 @ 03:31 PM
correct me if i am wrong masons, but a white hat is worn by a 33rd degree mason of the scottish rite.

posted on Jun, 18 2011 @ 10:07 PM

You're correct, when participating in the Scottish Rite or official AASR functions. At his blue lodge, he is bareheaded unless he's the WM.

posted on Jun, 19 2011 @ 02:18 PM

and from what i hear only about 1 percent of masons are 'white hats' ?

posted on Jun, 19 2011 @ 02:50 PM

About 1% of the Scottish Rite receives the 33rd degree. In terms of Freemasonry at large, it's a little smaller than that, given that most Masons don't join the Scottish Rite.

posted on Jun, 24 2011 @ 02:26 PM

Originally posted by indigothefish

and from what i hear only about 1 percent of masons are 'white hats' ?

There's a mathematical formula used to determine how many people each state can elect to receive the 33rd degree every two years, and is a bit complicated, based on Scottish Rite membership statistics. But on average, each state is usually allowed to elect one member to receive the 33° for every 100 Scottish Rite members. There are always 2 KCCH elections (red hat) for every one 33rd.

So, for example, if Virginia was given twenty new 33° slots this year, there would also be 40 new KCCH's.
edit on 24-6-2011 by Masonic Light because: (no reason given)

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