Fulcanelli on the Liberty Cap in Mithraic and Eleusinian rituals, Freemasonry

June 30, 2009
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From Fulcanelli’s Le Mystere des Cathedrales:

The Phrygian cap, which was worn by the sans-culottes and acted as a sort of protective talisman in the midst of the revolutionary slaughter, was a distinctive sign of the Initiates. In the analysis, which he made of a work of Lombard (de Langres) entitled Histoire des Jacobins, depuis 1789 jusqu’a ce jour, ou Etat de l’Europe en novembre 1820 (Paris 1820), the scholar Pierre Dujols writes that for the grade of the Epopt (in the Eleusinian Mysteries) the new member was asked whether he felt in himself the strength, the will and the devotion necessary for him to set his hand to the GREAT WORK. Then a red cap was put on his head, while this formula was pronounced: ‘Cover yourself with this cap, it is worth more than a king’s crown.’ Few suspected that this hat, called liberia in the Mithraic rituals and which formerly denoted the freed slaves, was a masonic symbol and the supreme mark of Initiation. It is not therefore surprising to see it represented on our coins and our public monuments.

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