Saturday, January 28, 2012

Another View of a Lodge: Ciego de Avila, Cuba.

From time to time, The Hedge Mason will endeavor to provide glimpses of exceptional, and sometimes quite everyday lodges from around the world. If we tend to show biases for certain nations, well, we make no pretense of not having favorites. However, send us photos and some information about your lodge, where ever in the world it may be, and we will consider posting it. Especially if you take strong photos and not just "snapshots."

The idea of sharing these, apart from showing some lodges which the Hedge Mason considers aesthetically appealing, is to help make the world a smaller place and to share a common experience among all masons of all obediences and nations.

This time, we are looking at a lodge in Ciego de Avila, Cuba. Ciego de Ávila is a city in central Cuba and has a population of about 86,100. The city is located about 460 km (290 mi) east of Havana and 110 km (68 mi) west of the city of Camagüey. Not a touristic place, Ciego de Avila is a small city but worth seeing. Ciego de Avila, typical of the unspoiled Cuban life without tourism, features an architecture famous for its neo-classic buildings with long roofed corridors along the sidewalks. Cuban architecture combines Moorish, baroque and Art Deco styles.

This lodge is noteworthy for maintaining some stunning mural decoration in the lodge room. Notice the use of lighting to highlight the murals to best effect. The state of the lodge indicates that the membership makes serious sacrifices to maintain their lodge and value the heritage that has been entrusted to them. Note also the use of a real skull for the chamber of reflecttion, an indication of retention of long standing traditions. This lodge is the Grand Lodge of Ciego de Avila Province, which has a total of eight (8) lodges under its jurisdiction. The lodge visibly displays its certification documenting its foundation dating to the 1800s for all to see.

I hope you all enjoy, as this is clearly a remarkable lodge!


Magpie Mason said...

Bro. Ballard, is there a significance (alchemical?) to the three-color checkered floor?


E C Ballard ஃ said...

My goodness, Bro Jay, but you are observant. I doubt anyone else noticed that. I suspect it is not at all accidental. The three colors associated with Nkuyu/Lucero/Ellegua/Echú/Legba in Afro-Caribbean religions are black, red, and white. All these entities are associated with guess whom...Thoth, ie. Hermes Trismegistus.

Also, if you look at the hermetically inspired initiations of the 18th century - those of the Rite Hermetique, Rite Ecosaisse Philosophique, and Cagliostro's rituals you will see these colors play a prominent role, as they do in alchemy.