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Many Indians have heard of and and are leery of the insidious movements of Freemasonry as it was absolutely central to areas of colonial rule. However, most Indians likely do not know that Freemasonry, by its own definition, is Noahidism, Freemasonry exists for Noahide aims (here). Now, did you know that in its earlier years, that Hindus were not allowed inside Freemasonry, but Parsis were on the account that they were believed to be monotheists? Actually, because they were favored over both Hindus and Muslims, Parsis came to dominate and be over represented in the Indian Freemason lodges. Well Guess what? Freemasons declared Parsis to be Noahides. Actually, the Freemason Noahide conspiracy may have been hatched with the Grand Lodge in Calcutta as the first mentioning of the term Noachidae for Freemasons was in a correspondence between the Grand Lodge of England and Calcutta, at least according to Albert Mackey's Encylcopedia of Freemasonry, and they were interested in Zoroastrian rituals. Now the question is this, how far did the British Freemasons inculcate this sense of Noahide superiority among the Parsis and are there any Noahide-Freemason-Parsi connections today?
Parsis Dominated Indian Freemason Lodges
Freemasonry and the Indian Parsi Community: A Late Meeting On the Level.
Issued Date: 15 Oct 2013
Following closely in the wake of British imperialism, the first Indian lodge was constituted in 1730, by officials of the East India Company based in Fort William, Calcutta. From there, masonic lodges started to spawn in the other urban centres and army cantonments of the fast-expanding Indian Empire. As the native elites started expressing a growing interest in joining, India became a testing ground on which freemasonry, initially an all-white organization, could experiment its universal creed. The first Indian to become a mason was Umdat-ul-Umrah Bahadur, son of the powerful Nawab of the Carnatic. Following his lead, a handful of muslim noblemen were able to gain access to the fraternity. Local masons appeared to be more willing to fraternize with the Muslim. But in the 1840s, this pattern was somehow overturned, as the Parsi community grew to become the most represented group within Indian lodges. This paper seeks to examine the foundations of this newly acquired eligibility.
Parsis Were Accepted In Freemason Lodges, Hindus Were Not
Grand Lodge Of Calcutta First To Use Term Noachida
Masons in India were occasionally willing to let in Muslim aristocrats – Umdat ul-Umrah, eldest son of the Nawab of the Carnatic was made a member in 1775. Parsis were also allowed after a spirited campaign by Maneckji Cursetji, the first Indian sheriff of Bombay. But Masons refused Hindus, arguing that Masonry believed in a single Deity, which Muslims and Parsis did, but not Hindus. They also asked how Hindus could accept universal brotherhood while supporting caste barriers. (As a practical point, orthodox Hindus would not eat at the dinners that were an important part of Masonic life).
- Doctor, Vikram. "How Masonry Built Integration In India", Economic Times, Published Oct 6th, 2017. Retrieved 06/30/20 from https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/miscellaneous/how-masonry-built-integration-in-india/articleshow/60977201.cms?from=mdr
Grand Lodge Of Calcutta First To Use Term Noachida
Noachidae: The descendants of Noah. A term applied to Freemasons on the theory, derived from then Legend of the Craft, that Noah was the father and founder of the Masonic system of theology. Henee the Freemasons claim to be his descendants, because in times past they preserved the pure principles of his religion amid the corruptions of surrounding faiths. Doctor Anderson first used the word in this sense in the second edition of the Book of Constitutions: "A Mason is obliged by his tenure to observe the moral law as a true Noachida." But he was not the inventor of the term, for it occurs in a letter sent by the Grand Lodge of England to the Grand Lodge of Calcutta in 1735, which letter is preserved among the Rawlinson Manuscript in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (see Transactions, Quatuor Coronati Lodge, volume xi, page 35).
- From "Noachidae" entry in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FREEMASONRY AND ITS KINDRED SCIENCES by ALBERT C. MACKEY M. D.Freemasons Declare Parsis Noahides
What those "old traditions" were nobody knows because there is no evidence that Operative Freemasons called themselves by that name. But it was in some use prior to 1738, for in 1734 Lord Weyrnouth ordered a letter to be sent to the Prov. Grand Master at Calcutta in which this curious statement was included: "Providence has fixed your Lodge near those learn'd Indians that affect to be called Noachidae, the strict observance of his Precepts taught in those Parts by the Disciples of the great Zoroastres, the learned Archimagus of Bactria, a Grand Master of the Magians, whose religion is much preserved in India (which we have no concern about), and also many of the Rituals of the Ancient Fraternity used in his time, perhaps more than they are sensible of themselves. Sow if it was consistent with your other Business, to discover in those parts the Remains of Old Masonry and transmit them to us, we would be all thankful ...." (A. Q. C. XI, p. 35.)
- From ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FREEMASONRYAND ITS KINDRED SCIENCES by ALBERT C. MACKEY M. D.