Sunday, February 8, 2009

Shriners' Hosptial on Marquam Hill

What's this? Isn't it similar to Islamic signs? A crescent, a star and a sword? I wonder what this sign is going to say?

6 comments:

Kim said...

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=25

There 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.
-Kim
Seattle Daily Photo

Kim said...

Oooops, missed an "e" in Meead!
-K

Meead S. said...

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_Shrine

Despite 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.

Dina said...

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.

Anonymous said...

That symbol is on the Shriners' Hosptial on Marquam Hill, not OHSU Hospital, FWIW.

They are geographically connected but not connected in their operations

Pasadena Adjacent said...

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.