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Seychelles Freemasons celebrate 25th anniversary

Seychelles Freemasons have celebrated the 25th anniversary since the establishment of their society's Masonic Lodge in the country.

A ceremony presided over by Mr Jayantilal Keshavji Chande, the Grand Master of the District Grand Lodge of East Africa, was held recently at which the R750,000 newly renovated and extended Mount Simpson (Bel Ombre) Masonic Hall was dedicated.

The East African District, which incorporates Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and the Seychelles, has 3,000 members who belong to 49 units, called Masonic Lodges.

Seychelles has three such lodges, the 25-year-old Seychelles Lodge, the Mt Simpson Lodge and the Installed Masters Lodge which together have a membership of 90.

There are five million Freemasons in the whole world of FreeMasonry, which is divided into districts for administrative purposes.

Speaking to Seychelles Nation during the dedication ceremony, Mr Chande who had come to celebrate the anniversary together with 38 other Freemasons from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, said that he was appointed to head the 49 units of the East African District in February 1996 by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent.

He explained that Freemasons worldwide contributed together about one million dollars a day, (about US$350, 000, 000 a year), which each lodge donated to charitable organisations within their countries as the society was oriented to helping the disadvantaged communities.

He said that Freemasonry was about 300 years old having been believably founded in England in the mid-16th century by masons who built cathedrals during those days.

Until the beginning of the Second World War, Mr Chande explained, the society had remained quite open and had nothing secretive or to hide, but because a large number of the members had difficulties with the German administration during the war, the society opted to operate low key in order not to jeopardise the lives of the members.

Reiterating that it was a non-secretive society and refuting fears that it was a devil worshipping society, Mr Chande said it was rather a non-denominational organisation in which all holy books were open and all religions acceptable.

Mr Chande however said that the society had kept secret the mode of recognition, which he said was how the members recognised each other.

Spelling out what it required to qualify for membership, Mr Chande stated that one needed to be of good moral and ethical standards and believe that there existed a Supreme Creator. He also noted that wealth acquisition was not one of the criteria, despite the fact that the members had to posses time resource and prove ability to contribute towards charity.

Brotherly love, truth, honesty, faith in God and charity is what the Grand Master enumerated as guiding principles of the society.

Owing to the fact that cathedrals building was basically a men dominated affair, Mr Chande explained why the society displayed a male dominance in most parts of the world, although some lodges had lately accommodated female membership, but ruled out the possibility of female membership authorisation in Seychelles within the foreseeable future.

He also said that being a non-denominational society, Freemason did not allow room for members to express their fundamentalist religious views, as it believed in equality among all religions.

 

 

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