Photographer's Note

Another collage. I wanted to write about it but six pictures was to much. But here all of them at one. great idea!
The photos in the upper row were made in Trinidad, Vinales and Santiago de Cuba,in the lower row in Santiago de Cuba (Cementerio Santa Ifigenia), havana and Cienfuegos. What have they in common that I have joined them together?
On all of them (except the first picture) you can see a square and compasses with the letter "G" in the center - the single most identifiable symbol of Freemasonry. I am used to the aura of conspiracy and secrecy about masons, so I was very surprised to see it in Cuba. So I checked in Internet and here it is.

Cuban Freemasonry is unique in the world for operating openly in a communist nation. What can explain that, given that in most other communist nations Freemasonry has been condemned? For that answer, it is necessary to look at the role that Freemasonry played in the original Cuban Revolution or as some people speculate. the affiliation of the Castro brothers themselves?

Cuba is the only country under the administration of a Marxist government that tolerates throughout its territory an important secret society with an esoteric background: Freemasonry. Today, in the beautiful and economically challenged island of Martí and Maceo, no less than 318 Masonic lodges flourish, openly attended by about 30,000 registered members. Such numbers are high for a country with as small a population as that of Cuba. Several unsupported stories, amounting to legends are common on the island, both in the media and in popular currency, even among some Masons, to explain this freedom. Some say that Fidel and Raul are Masons, more likely the latter. Others claim that it is the duty of gratitude and that during the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro had taken refuge in a Masonic lodge, where he found shelter and protection. So he never closed even a single Masonic temple nor persecuted its members.

I hope that you will find it interesting.

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