The most celebrated of the ancient fraternities was the Dionysiac Architects. This organization was composed exclusively of initiates of the Bacchus-dionysos cult. They made their appearance no later than 1000 B.C. Acclaimed as being the custodians of a secret knowledge of architectonics. They were regarded as master craftsmen of the earth. So carefully did the dionysiac architects safeguard the secrets of their craft that only fragmentary records exist of their esoteric teachings. They also possessed secret means of recognition, and were bound together by specialties only known to themselves. The richest of this fraternity were bound to provide for the poorer brethren. They were divided into communities, governed by a Master and Wardens. It is claimed that Solomon, at the instance of Hiram, king of Tyre, employed them at his temple and palaces. They had means of intercommunication all over the then known world. And from them, doubtless, sprang the guilds of the traveling masons known in the middle ages. One of the most illustrious of their members was Vitruvius, the great architect and some think maybe even Saint Paul might have been an initiate. The Dionysiac rites were founded upon the science of astronomy. Great buildings erected by these initiated craftsmen were based upon geometrical patterns derived from the constellations. Both the symbols and terminology of their guild derived from the elements of architecture. The checkerboard floor upon which the modern freemasonic lodge stands is the old tracing board of the Dionysiac architects. At one time the Dionysian’s referred to themselves as the sons of Solomon, and the most important of their symbols was the seal of Solomon- two interlaced triangles. The knights templar are believed to have contacted these Dionysian’s and to have introduced many of their symbols and doctrines into mediaeval Europe. The Dionysian’s venerated the deity under the guise of a great architect and master craftsman. Who was ever gouging rough ashlars from the fields of space and truing them into universes. They affirmed constructiveness to be the supreme expression of the soul and believed immortality could be achieved by thus becoming a part of the creative agencies of nature.
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The secret teachings of all by Ages by Manly P hall
Submitted by Brother John L. Parsons, III