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~ THE LODGE GOAT ~
BUTTS AND GOAT HAIRS
Gathered from the Lodge Rooms of every Fraternal Order
This sale is for an original 1902FIRST EDITIONof "THE LODGE GOAT. GOAT RIDES, BUTTS AND GOAT HAIRS" by James Pettibone.
If you are interested in the "lighter side" of FREEMASONRY, you have found it in this book! And who better to compile and edit this humorous collection of anecdotes is the former Brother James Pettibone of Ohio.
This is a well-received book written about lodges, fraternal groups, and goats. It plays on the joke of "Riding the Goat" as well as the humorous side of Lodge life. The origin of this humorous initiatory jest about the Goat is shrouded by the veils of time.
Contained in these pages arefun incidentsbefitting the period during which it was written, however, it is neither politically correct nor sensitive by today's standards. "Billy the Goat" opens the book claiming that the goat is simply around to provide mirth and entertainment.
Animals are prominent characters in myths, fairytales, folklore, and legends and are oftentimes the objects which fill our imaginations with superstitious fears. BUT WHY A GOAT? Popular belief has often identified Masonic initiation with the riding of a goat. But where, or when did the expression originate? Masonic historians have been at a loss as to the source of this myth, speculating as far a field as the horns on the four corners of the altar used by Old Testament Hebrews and echoed in modern Scottish Rite ritual, or the myth of the goat-headed Baphomet.
The goat has been both a positive and negative symbol throughout history. In depictions of Pan, and Bacchus, or Dionysius, the goat carried the favorable connotations of youth, merriment, freedom and love. Obviously, the humorous idea that riding the goat constitutes a part of the ceremonies of initiation in a Masonic Lodge is just a Joke and has its real origin in the superstition of antiquity.
Rather than anti-masonry, it was in attacks on the ODD FELLOWS that riding the goat was first claimed to be an aspect of initiation. By the time the goat came to be associated with all secret societies it was no longer perceived as a malicious slander, perpetrated in an anti-masonic attack, but was merely a jocular euphemism, embraced by many freemasons. Literary references to riding the goat—in poem, song, prose and drama—abound in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The anonymous poem, "When Father Rode The Goat," which is one of the poems in this book, clearly shows it is intended as a jocular burlesque and not as an exposure of actual lodge practice.
The Modern Woodmen of the World—created in Iowa in 1883—made use of a mechanical goat. A major promoter of the Modern Woodmen was Ed DeMoulin who started DeMoulin Bros. in 1890 to cater to, and promote, the use of an ever-expanding list of initiation devices. The growth of the Modern Woodmen may have encouraged other North American fraternities to adopt similar practices.
There are more than a thousand anecdotes, incidents and ILLUSTRATIONS from the humorous side of Lodge Life contained in this book. There are a couple of recognizable names from contributors such as RUDYARD KIPLING, the well known author of the masterpiece, THE JUNGLE BOOK, who also was a Mason. Even the author, Mr. Pettibone, acknowledges that "A LITTLE NONSENSE NOW AND THEN IS RELISHED BY THE BEST OF MEN."
Published in 1902, this book is inGOOD CONDITION! for its age; especially to be111 YEARS OLD!!! There isaverage usage to this well read book. The book has: no missing textual pages; no obvious rips or tears, is tightly bound, pages that show usage (such as minordog eared folds on occasion). The book may have:finger soil andsmall blemishes, a stamp on the front free end page of previous ownership,some color loss/thinness to the Goat pictorial area; worn corners on the exterior cover. ALL PAGES ARE PRESENT!!! and tightly bound. The interior text block is unmarked and overall, clean! The back interior hinge does have a repair with archival acid free papertape made especially for the task. You can barely see it, yet it is present and disclosed.The exterior cover boards and spine reveal a pictorial of a goat surrounded by symbols in its original cloth binding.This book is ready for its new home!
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