Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I have recently come across a couple of towns / cities that have documented design roots by Freemasons. This is not another fantastic story about Washington D.C. and hidden pentagrams. For those bedtime stories you go to one of the many anti masonic websites dealing their copy cat & empty research.
The first one is a city in Brazil called Paraty. It is a Portuguese colonial town developed in the early seventeenth century as a stop (the last stop) on the gold trail into the brazilian countryside. I assume to be like our mining towns out west. The Masonic planning has been recognized by Freemasonry Today and by local lore. The applied graphic designwork that a few of the buildings have contain abstract Square and Compass' and some say the stone corners (North East) are a throw back to the Craft. One small but significant feature of the infrastructure of the city is the controlled flooding that cleans the streets. High tide arrives, the streets flood and upon low tide the debris and grime of the day is removed. Today the debris and grime are more hazardous to the marine life but it must have been a good Idea in the past due to the popularity and welcoming character of the city to Portuguese / Brazilian travelers. Some hidden lessons that the Masonic founders might have been sharing could have been associated with masonic lessons of industry, the 24 inch gauge, and maybe the EA remembrance of Tidal movements or could it be connected to Lunar (celestial) activity as it relates to our earthly (terrestrial) activity (ie. shops cannot be open during flood stage, time to rest). These are purely speculation as an Architect in a Masonic town.
Another town, closer to home, is Masonic, California. This place is considered a ghost town and has that ethereal presence of uninhabited human structures have with out significant human presence. There is no resident population of Masonic's or would it have been Masonicians, or even Masoniconians (it has a more poetic ring) so legend is few and far between here. It does have a bronze plaque that gives the towns legend and it is here that Freemasons from the east coast of the U.S. have been inscribed as founders and builders. The only masonic 'coincidence' here is the three level design of the place. It was divided into Upper Masonic, Middle Masonic and Lower Masonic with Middle Masonic as the town center.
There must be more 'Urban' places in the world that have TRUE masonic influence in their design and I will communicate them here as I make my travels through this Cyber Sphere.
BTW. Does anyone think it is strange that both of these towns are connected to moving Gold from place to place. Could be a conspiracy :-)