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Why aren't there any windows in the Freemason Temple?

Asked by troubleinharlem (7976points) November 2nd, 2010

The one in Washington D.C. – I went by there today, and I was wondering why the building doesn’t have any windows. I mean, its kind of suspicious.

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TexasDude's avatar

They are a pseudo-secret society, and as such, they value their privacy.

troubleinharlem's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard : But how is it so secret if everyone knows about it?

JustmeAman's avatar

I think Freemason Temples do have windows and many symbols.

troubleinharlem's avatar

@JustmeAman : The one in DC doesn’t have any windows.

JustmeAman's avatar

There are some here that do. But I don’t think that is a trait that they follow for construction.

TexasDude's avatar

@troubleinharlem, some of their rituals, beliefs, etc. are closely-guarded secrets and not common knowledge. That’s how.

JustmeAman's avatar

Yes they have a series of rituals and have symbolism to represent some of their beliefs. The LDS have the same thing on their Temples and symbolism.

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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

The Freemasons aren’t a secret society. They are a society with secrets.

As to why there are no windows, it’s to preserve privacy.

JustmeAman's avatar

I wouldn’t even call them secrets I would call them sacred to the members. It is like the statement about casting your pearls before swine. What is very sacred and means a lot to you, you don’t want others to trample and make fun of. If it were secret then others could not find it or participate in it. But if you become a member and go through their rituals then you can know and it can become sacred to you as well.

squirbel's avatar

I second what @hawaii_jake said – it’s not that they are a secret society – sure, everyone knows about them. They are a society with many secrets, and they have no windows because it keeps the ever curious eyes and ears out. Even within the society there are multiple layers of secrecy, and an entrant cannot know what the masters know. There are areas of the temple where if you aren’t a certain rank, you are not allowed.

Make sense?

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@YARNLADY : That’s a picture of the Freemason’s Hall in Singapore.

fundevogel's avatar

I never noticed that, but you’re right. The one in Los Angeles is windowless too.

Joybird's avatar

The lodge here is windowless also. It’s to preserve anonymity and the societies secrets.

Pandora's avatar

The building appears to have plenty of windows.

YARNLADY's avatar

@hawaii_jake Freemason’s are Freemasons no matter where in the world they build their temple.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@YARNLADY : Yes, I know. I’m a 32nd degree Freemason myself, and I have attended lodge many times in that very building in Singapore. I have a feeling that the building the OP is mentioning is the House of the Temple in DC. It is the headquarters of the Scottish Rite, a branch of the Freemasons.

YARNLADY's avatar

If I remember correctly, the Seventh Day Adventist Meeting Halls have no windows, as well, because they don’t want any distractions to interfere with their worship.

squirbel's avatar

Yarnlady, that is a lie. SDA’s meet in regular churches like any other Protestant.

JustmeAman's avatar

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masonic_Temple

Here is a web site showing a couple of temples with windows.

troubleinharlem's avatar

@YARNLADY : Okay, I wasn’t going to, but I have to say something because I’m a Seventh Day Adventist and I wanted to clear it up a bit.

My church has windows, and all the churches that I’ve gone to have windows. I don’t know what halls you’re talking about, or if they’re even SDA, but I highly doubt it. Seventh Day Adventists are very open about what they believe.

YARNLADY's avatar

@squirbel @troubleinharlem Sorry, I remembered incorrectly – it’s Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall.

YARNLADY's avatar

@squirbel Please think twice before you label something a lie – a mistake is not a lie.

squirbel's avatar

Duly noted.

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