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Hiram Abiff

The central character in Freemasonic lore is Hiram Abiff, a widow's son, builder of Solomon's temple — an edifice that occultists believe contains in its structure the key to all mystic and secret matters. After completing this work of gnostic architecture, Hiram was killed by three ruffians named Jubela, Jubelo, and Jubelum. The names alone suggest that the story is allegorical, and Albert Pike, in many respects the creator of modern Freemasonry, informs us they contain two names of God, Ju and Bel, repeated three times. The three endings of Ju-Bel, A-O-UM, represent a variation on the OM or AUM used by Hindic peoples to attain meditative consciousness

Every Freemason to pass the Third Degree — a term that has entered everyday speech with a similar, but different, meaning — must re-enact and re-experience the martyrdom of Hiram, and then rises reborn as a Brother in the Craft.

(In the Ordo Templi Orientis, which regards itself as the only true Masonic order, and is regarded as pseudo-Masonic by more conventional lodges, Hiram is replaced by the Sufi martyr Mansur al-Hallaj, who was stoned to death for crying out in mystic rapture, "I am the Truth and there is nothing within my turban but God!")

Hiram built Solomon's temple without noise of hammering, making each piece of brass interlock with the others, and this also is symbolic. His death also has many meanings: The three ruffians killed him for refusing to tell them the Mason Word. Pike also provides the useful hint that the three wounds of Hiram — to the head, the throat, and the heart — represent the spiritual death

imposed on humanity by Tyranny and Superstition: The head wound signifies the death of thought (mind control), the throat wound represents the suppression of free speech (censorship), and the stab to the heart means that normal human feeling atrophies and dies when people are not allowed to think or speak their thoughts (narcissism or sociopathy, in clinical jargon). The goal of Freemasonry, in Pike's account, is to combat these three wounds of the human spirit and recapture freedom of thought, word, and conscience.

Alien autopsy

Alien autopsy was the name given to a hoaxed medical examination and dissection of a dummy depicted in a film released in the 1990s by a London-based entrepreneur Ray Santilli. He presented it as an autopsy on the body of an extraterrestrial being recovered from the crash of a "flying disk" near Roswell, New Mexico on June 2, 1947.

The 17-minute black-and-white film of poor quality surfaced in the 1990s, and Santilli claimed he had received it from an unidentified, former military cameraman. In 2006 he admitted the film was not authentic but a staged "reconstruction" of footage he claimed to have viewed in 1992, which had deteriorated and become unusable by the time he made his film. Santilli claimed that a few frames from the original were embedded in his film, but he never specified which ones. In 1995, before being exposed as a hoax, the film was sold to television networks and broadcast in more than 32 countries

Angels and Demons: See Illuminati

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