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Ritual of the a and a Egyptian Rite of Memphis

Ritual of the a and a Egyptian Rite of Memphis

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PREFACE.
In
thefollowing
few
pages
ofpreface,
illustrious
Knights
will
find
the
account
of
the
ancient
Egyptian
mysteries
as
given
by
that
erudite
Mason,
Albert
G.
Mackay,
in
his
Lexicon
of
Free
Masonry
;
every
sentence
of
which
gives
proofs
of
the
existence
of
Masonry
in
Egypt*
If
more
evidence
were
needed
we
have
only
to
refer
Illustrious
Knights
to
such
em-
inent
writers
as
Olivier
Pluche,
Herodotus,
&c.,
to
convince
them,
beyond
reasonabledoubt,
that
if
Egypt
was
not
the
cradle
of
Masonry,
the
Order,
at
any
rate,
at
one
time
flourished
and
held
swayamid
the
magnificent
temples
and
pyramids
of
the
land
of
the
Pharaohs.
The
following
is
the
account
referred
to
above
:
*^
Egypt
was
the
cradle
of
all
the
mysteries
of
pag*anism.
At
one
time
in
possession
of
all
the
learning
and
religion
that
was
to
be
found
in
theworld,
it
ex-
tended
into
other
nations
the
influence
of
its
sacred
rites
and
its
secret
doctrines.
"The
priesthood
of
Egypt
constituted
a
sacred
caste,
in
whom
the
sacerdotal
functions
were
hereditary
i
They
exercised
also
an
important
part
in
the
govern-
 
IV
PREFACE.
ment
of
the
state,
and
the
kings
of
Egypt
were
but
the
first
subjects
of
its
priests.
They
had
originally
organized
and
continued
to
control
the
ceremonies
of
initiation.
Their
doctrines
were
of
two
kinds,
exo-
teric,
or
public,
which
were
communicated
to
the
mul-
titude,
and
esoteric
or
secret
whichwere
revealed
only
to
a
chosen
rew,
and
to
obtain
them
it
was
necessary
to
pass
through
an
initiation,
which
as
we
shall
see
was
characterized
by
the
severest
trials
of
courage
and
fortitude.
^^
The
principal
seat
of
the
mysteries
was
at
Memphis
in
the
neighbourhood
of
the
great
Pyramid.
They
were
of
two
kinds,
the
greater
and
the
less
;
the
former
being
the
mysteries
of
Osiris
and
Serapis,
the
latter
those
of
Isis.
The
mysteries
of
Osiris
were
celebra*
ted
at
the
autumnal
equinox,
those
of
Serapis
at
the
summer
solstice,
and
those
of
Isis,
at
the
vernalequinox.
**
The
candidate
was
required
to
exhibitproofs
of
a
blameless
life.
Forsome
days
previous
to
the
com-
mencement
of
the
ceremonies
of
initiation
he
abstained
from
all
unchaste
acts,
confined
himself
to
an
exceed-
ingly
light
diet
from
which
animal
food
was
rigorously
excluded,
and
purified
himself
by
repeated
ablutions.
Being
thus
prepared,
thecandidate,
conducted
by
a
guide,
proceeded
in
the
middle
of
the
night
to
the
mouth
of
a
low
gallery
situated
in
one
of
the
sides
of
the
pyramid.
Having
crawled
for
some
distance
on
his
hands
and
knees
he
at
length
came
to
the
orifice
M

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