We do not know if humans one hundred thousand years ago spoke like us, but we do have evidence that rituals performed at important moments in his life , and before a hunting expedition and to bury a member of the group. Since then, the human being is a ritual animal. And it will remain so , even varying their rites , like changing the beliefs , languages and forms of kinship.
A rite (from the latin ritus) is a religious or ceremonial act invariably repeated in each cultural community. The rites are the celebrations of the myths; Therefore, no they can be understood separately from them. They have a symbolic character, expression of the content of the myths. The celebration of the rites (ritual) may consist of festivals and ceremonies, of more or less solemn character, according to guidelines established tradition or religious authority or of the organization concerned.
The structure of Freemasonry can often appear confusing to the non-mason for many reasons, the word rite in Freemasonry has two different meanings, as is written in uppercase or lowercase. (Rite or rite)
Rite it is designating a particular branch of Freemasonry, in the same way that within different religions there are different rites, as the Maronite rite, the Coptic rite, the Latin Rite …, etc. Thus one might define as a particular presentation Rite of Freemasonry whose character is distinguished from other Rites by the forms and ways.
Among the many Rites that exist in Masonry we note the Rectified Scottish Rite, the Rite Emulation, the Rite of Perfection, the Scottish Rite, the Rite of Misraim, the York Rite, the French Rite, the Swedish Rite, etc., etc. It is known to exist until about 52 different Rites. However, the number of Rites is much higher, since only in The Universal Dictionary of Freemasonry by Daniel Ligou, there collected no less than 154 Masonic Rites.
rite Called ritual (lower case) the various ceremonial acts of initiation (as the rite of the metal strip started) or progress of work within the Lodge, whose formalism is regulated by initiatory purpose. (The meaning of the symbolism is taught and explored through ritual.)
In turn there are degrees in Masonry that are passing through the various initiations, taught in the doctrine of the Order. The number of degrees varies depending on the Rite.
In the symbolic Freemasonry, also called Blue Lodge (Craft Freemasonry) is composed of three degrees; in the Rectified Scottish Rite are 7 degrees; In the Rite of Memphis and Misraim reaches 99 degrees; the Scottish Rite, (one of the most popular), consists of 33 degrees. In this rite the first three grades are called symbolic, dogmatic or essential, and constitute the Blue Lodge or Blue Masonry. The “caps” covering grades 4 to 18, and are Red Masonry. The “philosophical” degrees comprise of 19 to 30, and forming Black Freemasonry. The last three degrees, called “sublime”, grouping comprising the White Masonry.
The degrees of each Rite is thus divided into series or orders, classes and series. Each grade carries its individual initiation rites, its catechism, its oath, its symbols and modes of special recognition. But all the Rites have the traditional degrees which form the basis or essence of Freemasonry, these are the first three, also called symbolic or fundamental, Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason
To join Freemasonry you need to be a certain age. However, the age is understood in Freemasonry in two ways. The first, is the age for admission. The rule is that no one can be received mason before having reached the “age of man”, demand that is currently interpreted as the age of civil majority, which varies depending on the country: 21 years, 18 years, etc. Of age dispensation may be granted by the Grand Master, although it is rarely granted, unless the case of children of Masons. The second is the symbolic age. In some rites, particularly in the ancient Scottish Rite and accepted, it is an age to each grade.
This article was written by Psalm Triginta