Companion, 2

 

Dit amerikaanse rituaal dateert uit de tweede helft van de negentiende eeuw.


Sign. Place the right hand on the heart, the fingers bunched up as though to seize an object; lift the left hand, palm in front, the elbow touching the body; this is the sign of order. Draw the right hand towards the right flank and let it fall to the side; drop the left hand to the side to complete the sign.

Grip. Take the right hand of the tyler, knock with the thumb five times on the first phalange of the middle finger, then place the thumb between this phalange and that of the second finger; in this position the pass-word is given. The tyler then places the thumb on the first phalange of the middle finger and presses lightly with his thumb-nail; this is the request of the word..

Knocks. Five knocks by 3 and 2.

Stes. Three steps of an apprentice, and two oblique steps, one to the right with the right foot and one to the left with the left foot, drawing the feet together after each step.

Age. Five years.

Insignia. Blue tunic, apron of white skin with the flap down.

Pass-word. Shibboleth (ear of corn).

Word.  Jachin.