Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine

A social and benevolent society with a ritual and history linked to Arabic traditions, in which Oriental mysticism, names, legand, and titles are freely employed. It also has a secret purpose, made known only to those who encircle the Mystic Shrine. None except Masonic Knights Templars or those who have attained the thirty-second degree, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, are eligible to membership. It is not a Masonic Order and forms no part of Freemasonry, is independent in origin and government, and is asosciated with the Craft only because it was established by eminent Freemasons and because none but Freemasons of high degree may become acquainted with its mysteries. Dr. Walter M. Fleming, 33 degree, and William J. Florence, 32 degree, both of New York, are responsible for the existence of "The Shrine," as the organization is familiarly called.

Source: The Cyclopaedia of Fraternities, Albert C. Stevens, 1907.

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