Originally posted by diqiushiwojia
I was always under the impression that the Eye of Providence was derived from the Eye of Horus, so I lumped them together in my mind.
It's said they are, but the sources I find that say this aren't ones that convince me. The Masons (later Shriners) did incorporate some of the Egyptian symbols, but they generally did so in a very ham-handed way (clumsily and not authentically) as a way of proving that they really were an "ancient mystical order." It's pretty much agreed by Masonic historians (and everyone else today) that the Masonic origin story was made up to impress folks sometime in the 1600's.
One dead giveaway is that the hero of the piece, "Hiram Abiff" has a last name. People did not commonly have last names until long after the time of Solomon (it would be "Hiram, son of Ham, from Gabra" or something similar.)
It was made around the time of Buddhism's introduction to China. However, it's not Buddhist at all, but Nestorian. Comes from Persia, not Tubo.
Ahh! Yes, thank you! That makes a lot more sense!