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Can Someone Explain This Photograph?

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posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 03:47 AM
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I RARELY post a joke..

I believe the photo is from the inside the order of The Black & White Minstrels Masonic order..

Joke over, very very disturbing mask unlike any I've seen before...




posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 04:06 AM
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The OP asks for an explanation from some one who actually has a clue.
So why do I find myself scrolling through useless speculative replies from people who have no clue and just post for the sake of posting ffs?! Attention whores!!!

I am truly getting sick of this 99% ZERO-VALUE information on this website, while this for example would be very interesting thing to understand where it came from etc.

Anyways, since I am posting yet again something useless to this thread since no one actually gives a damn about this comment anyway. Let me have a go:

This is a shrine of a person who is interested in secret societies and has this on display. I do not even think the guy/gal is actually involved but found all this garbage on the net or the side-walk.

To comment on one of the first utterly useless replies about S&B only in Yale:
Skull and Bone symbolism dates back far far far back in the days even before the free-mason loges. As an example, have a visit in the Dome of Aachen in Germany. See how this website is flooded with morons too short sighted to do any research?!

So guys, get ready to flame back at me! I won't be reading your replies to this post or thread anyway!



posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 04:31 AM
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posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 04:42 AM
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Originally posted by Amaeus
reply to post by swan001
 


Also, what is in that black and red box on that column? Hmm....


Sorry if anyone has already answered this, but it is a box used to take votes from lodge members when voting in an entered apprentice. One black ball means you don't get voted in.

The way this is all set up, it looks too much like a display of sorts. An elaborate one at that. I like the painting on the far upper right. It looks like it has depth and is inset into the wall.
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posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 04:47 AM
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It's the inside of the mind of a dedicated ATS conspiratist theory believer......all religous, messy, freaky and masked.... all at the same time



posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 05:18 AM
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Hi OP! I googled the letters that are right above the guy in the middle on the OP's picture («A.L.G.D.G.A.D.U.»), and it took me to the following article in spanish about masonry. It's quite interesting and I hope it helps.



A.L.G.D.G.A.D.U..
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posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 06:11 AM
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almost looks like some kinda court room ? the one in the middle is obviously the highest ranking , possibly judge/jury and executioner lol , sitting under the illuminated all seeing eye, the other two I'm not sure. also noticed the chair and what looks like a typewriter to the left side for taking notes ? its obviously been staged for something judging by the symbol overkill/ an the eyes on at least the one in the middle not even close to matching where eyes should be but someone did a hell of a job to show people this lol. i hope someone can prove its authentic S&F



posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 06:43 AM
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It is definately a masonic lodge in dominican republic. I have seen something like this a long time ago.



posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 06:48 AM
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Thank-you I could not agree more. It seems Ats has gone in the toilet pretty faST!!! Im not a pro at secret societys but even I knew skull and bones is out of yale!!! When you start seeing people putting there own face on their avatar its toooo face book for me!!



posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 06:50 AM
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I must add,if no one saw this yet...I saw a picture on the site you provided...LOOKS REALLY SIMILAR





This is scary...



posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 06:53 AM
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As to the object before the altar, which appears to be a tool, I would say that it is either a vice or gripping device of some sort, or a hand cranked drill jig of some kind. It does not appear to be broken to me, although it is clearly used, and of some considerable age, if the appearance of the surface is anything to go by.

Whatever it is, I would assume that it was once mounted on a bench, and used in a workshop. I would hazard a guess that the tool may have been used for wood, rather than metal, but thats a total guess on my part.

Where the icons around the place are concerned, they do seem masonic in origin. I cannot see why the presence of skull and bone motifs in the room ought to suggest anything other than outright high level masonry, although I can see why some might think this has been staged, because DAMN but thats a gaudy bit of interior design. However, never having seen the inside of a masonic lodge, who am I to assume anything?

Whatever this place is, the image is certainly full of details that could be the work of months if not years to list and identify, since some of the iconography is wrapped up in a symbol, hidden within another sigil. If its scene thats been set as part of a movie, or by a visual artist of some sort, then its a bang up job, because it looks bizzare! But if this is a genuine shot from within the inner sanctum of some strange masonic cult, then I would love to know how this photograph got out. The scum are notorious for thier secrecy.



posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 07:21 AM
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My very first post on ATS,
A few years back I was poking around a resale shop and came upon a box containing all of these different crosses and crusifixes. One of them was wooden,black and had a groove in the back suggesting it was once mounted on something like a staff or pole. The interesting thing about this cross was that under Christ's feet is a skull and bones just like the ones in the pics. I called a guy whom is a Master Msson. He explained to me that I had something that prolly was used in someones lodge at one time.Strangely enough he refered me to a friend of his who was in the O.T.O for more answers. I found it amusing that they were all in the samer car heading to Austin for some gathering of theirs.
I'll try and find the cross and post a pic later, about to head out to work. Everyone I've shown this to get rather creeped out by it. Thanks



posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 07:49 AM
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The broken tool you as you call it , looks like a fly press an old tool for working metal. Looking at the design of that one you could only work soft metals like Gold....... It would cut and stamp gold coins in one go.
Maybe the red and black box was to put what was our gold in.



posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 08:51 AM
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Originally posted by Mclaneinc

I RARELY post a joke..

I believe the photo is from the inside the order of The Black & White Minstrels Masonic order..


As has been posted repeatedly through this thread, this is from a museum in the Dominican Republic.

Fitz



posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 09:04 AM
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Originally posted by ChaoticOrder
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Not at all. I'll assume the OP's photo was shot near the end of the month, and it was dusty as heck.

Errr... did you even look at the picture I posted? That is not dust. The cloth hanging on the right clearly shows that the golden trimming is terribly worn. A little bit polish is not going to fix that. Please try to provide rational arguments if you're going to reply at all.


Rational arguments? How about you provide one shred of that little thing we call evidence before you assume freemasonry and the kkk are associated at all. Hs there been cross membership? Well through out the history of the USA and freemasonry in the USA I can logically assume that there has been. Are they associated in any way, shape, or form? NO.

Rational arguments my ass.



posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 09:42 AM
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Some of these objects and symbols are most certainly masonic and easily recognizable but others I am not familiar with, I am a master mason. This appears to be an ecclectic collection but I am not convinced that this is all masonic regalia. Perhaps some of these objects came from what are known as clandestine lodges, lodges that are not accepted through the AF&AM. Appears to me that this is some sort of a display, almost museum like, but does not make complete sense to me. I am not familiar with the use of hoods in any way shape or form. A true lodge setup should loosely remind you of a courtroom setting as many of the forms were taken from masonic rituals, especially the use of the gavel. The box is almost most certainly a voting box but I have never seen one displayed in this manner, or displayed in any way within a lodge. On the two black hanging banners, I am not familiar with the compasses being displayed in an upside down manner nor have I seen the working tools displayed in the manner they are on the right most banner. Possibly some of these items are Scottish or York Rite items?? I am not a member of these fraternities. The last initials of GADU to me represent the Grand Architect of the Universe, just a guess....



posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 09:45 AM
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Originally posted by swan001
Skulls and Bones society, perhaps? See the skull and the bones in the fences. These society are all over universities in the USA and Bush went to one.



This was my first impression also. It just doesn't look like a regular Masonic lodge.
The crossed bones and skull on the railing is what stands out to me.
That creepy hooded person kinda adds to it.



posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 09:55 AM
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It's not skull and bones, it's Masonic.

I swear some members here don't bother reading threads.

Any way, I explained earlier that the skull and bones society of Yale has pretty much ripped off much of masonry's symbolism, and in my belief at least part of Masonic ritual.

Skull and bones is exclusively a Yale fraternity, and exclusively by invite only. What little commonalities it has with freemasonry are meaningless because in the end it's a rich kids fraternity. They breed politicians, lawyers, and other less than savory professional titles that I despise.



posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 10:00 AM
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If it's in DR then that explains the broken tool. Everything there is broken. It's dump.

Defo masonic, the masks could be photoshopped on/or worn to hide identities.



posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 10:01 AM
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Ok i am a freemason, and i can say that this is not a lodge sanctioned by the Grand Lodge. It looks like some put all this together that has little knowledge of freemasonry and more knowledge of the "myths" of masonry. First of all this lodge would be the smallest lodge id ever seen, with more symbolism then 10 lodges put together. Second the box everyone is talking about is a voting box, there are white and black marbles in it, white for yes, black for no, has nothing to do with "Dune", lol. And third the skull and bones derives from a German masonic death lodge (also not sanctioned by the Grand Lodge) and yes the American S&B is in Yale University.

If you ask me, (someone with actually knowledge of freemasonry) it looks like what somebody posted earlier in this post, that its either part of a haunted house display, or some wierdo's shrine to secret societies. Either its screaming FAKE.
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