Sunday, December 30, 2012

Freemasonry in India

OK, so it's not technically Thai Masonry, but it's in the neighborhood and it is very interesting.  The Indian Express recently published an article on the history of the Grand Lodge of India who celebrated their Golden Jubilee last year.  The article provides a list of famous Indians who were Freemasons and lists something that I had forgotten.

Freemasonry in India is very, very old.  The first English Constitution lodge was started in 1730.  That's around the same time lodges began to form in America and three years before the formation of the Grand Orient of France.

Check out the article.  It's a nice read.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

A Tical for Your Thoughts

In my December 15th post, I shared a Forgotten Treasure uncovered in Thailand.  It was a summons from 1913.  Way down at the bottom, I noticed a curious phrase.
Arrears Ticals
Thinking this was an obscure Latin phrase taught when students didn't use iPADs, I was at a loss.  So, I asked you.  And you came through!

Or more specifically, Bro.: Ernie from Holgate Lodge in the UK came through.  He sent the following information from of all places, a currency exchange site called Moneycorp.com.
The currency was originally called 'tical', which was used in the English language until 1925. 'Baht' was established as the Thai name by the 19th century. Tical and baht were both units of weight originally; coins were issued in silver and gold, valued by their weight in baht.
So, there you go.  Mystery solved.  "Arrears Ticals" therefore is a more colorful and local way of telling the brethren to "Pay Up!"  The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Forgotten Treasures

Sometimes as I'm wandering the web in search of Masonic tidbits, I forget to look a little closer to home.  Stuffed in the back of the Lodge St. John website is an interesting bit of history.  Ever eager to remind us they are Thailand's oldest lodge, they've included a PDF for a lodge summons from 1913.


It's a pretty interesting read.  Anyone familiar with LSJ today would not notice too much deviation from the summons issued 100 years ago.  You'll notice the same quotes and basic format. Although I'm certain the "Surviving Masters" section was a bit shorter back then. The fact that it's typed just boggles my 21st century digital mind.

Now if only someone could tell me what "Arrears Tical" means

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Freemasons Grow in Popularity in Asia

Interesting article on the growth of the Craft in Asia.  Of course, we already knew this!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/offshorefinance/9734130/Freemasons-grow-in-popularity-in-Asia.html 

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