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Freimaurer Initiation
Freemasonry initiation. 18th century

Initiation is a ceremony at the entrance or acceptance into a group or society. It can also be a formal admission to adulthood in a community. Examples of initiation ceremonies are Christian baptism or confirmation, Jewish bar or bat mitzvah, acceptance into a fraternal organization like the freemasons or religious order like the Benedictines, or graduation from school. A person taking the initiation ceremony is called an initiate.


The English word comes from the Latin, initium: "entrance" or "beginning. The related English verb, initiate, means to begin or start a particular action.


  • Mircea Eliade, Rites and Symbols of Initiation, first edition, New York, NY Harper and Row, 1958.

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