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Deciphering the Lost Symbol: Freemasons, Myths and the Mysteries of Washington, D.C.

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DISCOVER THE SECRETIVE BROTHERHOOD BEHIND DAN BROWN'S THE LOST SYMBOL

Freemason influence on the founding of Washington, D.C., is evident throughout the city's buildings, statues and monuments--but it's written in coded symbols that few people understand. Dan Brown's new thriller sends symbologist detective Robert Langdon through the capital to unravel its Masonic secrets. Now in Deciphering The Lost Symbol, Freemason expert Christopher L. ...
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Overview


DISCOVER THE SECRETIVE BROTHERHOOD BEHIND DAN BROWN'S THE LOST SYMBOL

Freemason influence on the founding of Washington, D.C., is evident throughout the city's buildings, statues and monuments--but it's written in coded symbols that few people understand. Dan Brown's new thriller sends symbologist detective Robert Langdon through the capital to unravel its Masonic secrets. Now in Deciphering The Lost Symbol, Freemason expert Christopher L. Hodapp compares each clue and plot twist in Brown's story to the true facts.

•Discover the meaning of "The Lost Word"
•Decode Masonic and alchemical symbolism
•Explore the innermost rooms of Masonic lodges and temples
•Visit the restricted area of the U.S. Capitol and other landmarks
•Uncover secret patterns in Washington, D.C.'s maps and monuments
•Crack the codes buried in The Lost Symbol's artwork and puzzles

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569757734
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press
  • Publication date: 1/13/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 798,100
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Christopher Hodapp is a Freemason and a Past Master of two Masonic lodges. His first book, Freemasons for Dummies, has quickly become the most popular modern guide to the ancient and accepted fraternity of Freemasonry. His second book is the most complete guide to the history of the Freemasons in Washington, DC. He has written for the Indiana Freemason, Masonic Magazine and Templar History Magazine, and he is a monthly columnist for the Texas Home Gardener. Hodapp has spent more than twenty years in advertising as a commercial filmmaker.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Origin of the Freemasons 11

Defining Freemasonry 12

Medieval Origins 13

From Operative to Speculative Masonry 15

Masonic Secrecy 18

The Wide World of Anti-Masonry 22

Chapter 2 Masonic Rituals 27

The Masonic Degrees 29

Bloody Oaths 32

Chapter 3 Art, Codes, and the Cover of The Lost Symbol|35

Masonic Codes 35

Numbers and Letters 36

More Magic Squares 40

The American Zeus 44

Kryptos|47

Chapter 4 Symbolism 50

Memenro Mori 52

The Hand of the Mysteries 55

The Circumpunct 58

Ouroboros 62

Jachin, Boaz, and the Winding Staircase 64

Pyramids 67

The All-Seeing Eye 70

The Perfect Ashlar 71

Chamber of Reflection 72

Chapter 5 The Scottish Rite 74

North and South 76

The Degrees of the Scottish Rite 78

Double-Headed Eagle 82

Heredom 83

The House of the Temple 84

Chapter 6 The Capitol Building 91

Freemasons and the Capitol Cornerstone 92

The Architect of the Capitol 97

The Capitol Visitor Center 99

The Apotheosis of Washington 101

Brown's Fictional Architect and African-American Freemasonry 106

Chapter 7 The Washington Monument 109

Chapter 8 Myths, Legends, and Dan Brown's Washington 119

The Square and Compass and the Capitol 123

Masons in the Dollar 125

The George Washington Masonic Memorial 129

Almas Shrine Center 132

The National Cathedral 134

The Library of Congress 137

Chapter 9 Noetics 141

Chapter 10 Whence Come You, and Whither Are You Traveling? 154

Endnotes 163

Selected Bibliography 170

Artwork Credits 176

Index 179

About the Author 189

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