A collection of photos of Portland, Oregon from September 2008 to August 2010 by Meead Saberi
Hi Mead,I think I recognize this as the emblem of the Shriner's organization. They began as a fraternal club in the 1800s and are an offshoot of the Mason's. In the 19th century in the USA many of these types of community organizations were popular and began service and community fund raising projects. The Shriner's are known for their charitable work on behalf of hospitals serving children. here is a link if you are interested in seeing their origins: http://www.aeaonms.org/phpBBCMS/index.php?cat=3&topic=11&post=25There are many other such groups like the Elks, Moose, Forrester's, Scottish Rite, etc, all begun as societies of secret ancient rights (a popular trend in 1700-1800s USA) and evolved primarily into community service organizations. Anyone else correct me if I'm mistaken in this.-KimSeattle Daily Photo
Oooops, missed an "e" in Meead!-K
Thank you soooo much Kim. You're right. I found a wiki page about them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Arabic_Order_of_the_Nobles_of_the_Mystic_ShrineDespite its theme, the Shrine is in no way connected to Islam. It is a men's fraternity rather than a religion or religious group. Its only religious requirement is indirect: all Shriners must be Masons, and petitioners to Freemasonry must profess a belief in a Supreme Being. That' all.
I'll bet that caught your eye, Meead!So it's the Shriners? I remember them from my childhood in Chicago, during their conventions they would walk around wearing red fez hats. I never did understand all that...I flew home last night and will be glad to get back to daily blogging and back to visiting the blog friends daily again.
That symbol is on the Shriners' Hosptial on Marquam Hill, not OHSU Hospital, FWIW.They are geographically connected but not connected in their operations
My grandfather was a mason. I have his Fez and it has that emblem on it embroidered in gold thread. Back then if you wanted to rise in the professional classes (such as engineers) you joined the masons.
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