Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest secular fraternal societies and which originated in Scotland.
Below we explain Freemasonry as it exists under the Grand Lodge of Africa which is the corporate body governing Freemasonry in Scotland and Scottish Masonic Lodges in many other parts of the world.
The explanation may correct some misconceptions.
Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its precepts by a series of ritual dramas. These remain substantially the same form used in Scottish stonemasons lodges, and use Scottish stonemasons' customs and tools as allegorical guides.