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Dealing With Deviations In The Performance Of Masonic Rituals

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Deviations in the performance of Masonic rituals do occur. Different traditions have different strategies to prevent them as far as possible, and also have different ways of correcting them if necessary, but there is a high level of acceptance of deviations, both by participants and by the official Masonic institutions, though not everything is accepted. Furthermore, rituals can be replaced by new ones, but also newly designed rituals are often rejected. Which one of the two rivalling rituals wins or loses depends on which one the members feel satisfies their needs and those of potential member's best. Eventually, even a whole Rite can become outdated, loosing it from others which are better adapted to the needs of their time. Interesting to see is the case of the Order of the Illuminati of Bavaria, which was officially abolished under external pressure, but managed nevertheless to survive.

Keywords: Bavaria; Masonic tradition; rituals



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