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The Tall Cedars of Lebanon is one of the various appendant bodies of Freemasonry, open only to Master Masons in good standing in a regular Masonic Lodge. The freemasons are a broad body. They do not only confuse, but part of what they do is confusion. Whatever it is that freemasons do, part of it is confusion, and this appendant body is an iconic one and probably a difficult one to get into because the limited amount of cedars. This is the group of wise masons who manage whatever it is that they can balance and it goes in degrees. People who know a whole lot about freemasonry and people who have an open spirit. I mean they are probably more ritualistic than other groups of masonry. There are 62 Tall Cedars of Lebanon in the temple, on the 3rd floor in the beginning, but their is more people in the group probably. They can only average their effect probably too. the Square and Compasses Freemasonry is a worldwide fraternal organization. ...

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CEDARS OF LEBANON (5064 words)
"Cedar was thought to be the prize which all the states of the Near East coveted, and for which the empires of Egypt and Mesopotamia were prepared to fight." [Meiggs, p.55] Accounts abound concerning the diminution of cedar timber in the mountains of Lebanon as a result of tribute payments.
Cedar, delicate in its reproductive requirements and slow to mature is especially ill equipped to colonize in regenerating formations used as goat pasture." [Mikesell, p.25] Although the Phoenicians were largely responsible for the cedar lumber's extensive trade and consequent scarcity, they also, quite possibly, helped to preserve what exists today.
Cedar wood was used as a means of control, in the form of taxation, as well as leverage, in the form of timber sanctions on Egypt.
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