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Old 07-11-2011, 01:06 AM   #1763
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Zu Rich's freemasons go public...

Switzerland’s freemasons are hoping to improve their public image with a new display of openness.

Efforts to lift the veil of secrecy coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Zurich Modestia cum Libertate lodge.

With their members-only rule, the freemasons have always been considered a secret society. And the secrecy surrounding the lodges, the archaic rituals and symbols have given rise to suspicion and prejudice.

Alfred Messerli, who organised a recent exhibition on freemasonry, said the Zurich lodge was trying to dispel prejudice and to present itself to the public in a different light.

“The public still wrongly perceives us as a secret society,” Messerli told swissinfo.

“By addressing the public directly, we wish to convince them that this image is wrong, that we have no secrets and nothing to hide.”

Freemason Temple I, Zurich...

Freemasonry in Switzerland

As the movement spread throughout 18th-century Europe, freemasons started founding lodges in Switzerland.

By 1844 – the year when the Swiss Grand Lodge Alpina was founded - there were more than 30 lodges all over Switzerland.

Master mason Jacques Laager explained that the ideals of freemasonry, which went back to the philosophy of the stoics and the Enlightenment, were based on the principles of humanity, brotherly love, tolerance and cosmopolitanism.

“The ideas of humanity can only thrive in a democratic and open society,” he said.

According to the freemasons, the Swiss Federal Constitution of 1848 is based on these same principles...Hmm

Zu rich is a leading global city and among the world's largest financial centres. The city is home to a large number of financial institutions and banking giants.

According to several surveys from 2006 to 2008, Zurich was named the city with the best quality of life in the world as well as the wealthiest city in Europe.

Switzerland is a prosperous nation with a per capita gross domestic product higher than that of most western European nations. In addition, the value of the Swiss franc (CHF) has been relatively stable compared with that of other currencies...Most, but not all, surnames of the German nobility were preceded by or at least contained the preposition von, meaning of, and sometimes by ZU, which is usually translated as of when used alone or as in, at, or to.

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