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Perhaps it is because it has been used to protect some rituals or perhaps it is the perception it has of hidden knowledge. While the origins of Freemasonry still remain a mystery, there are essentially no unbreakable Masonic ciphers today. In general, our understanding of cryptography has advanced so far that a secure cipher is only guaranteed under the purview of first-world powers.
However, there are exceptions. A curious enciphered manuscript was discovered in an East German library in and eluded all attempts at decipherment. The document was forgotten until it fell into the hands of a private collector and recently came to the knowledge of an international team of academics from the U. It contained rituals that caused a great deal of excitement in the mainstream press. Due to translation errors, the press missed an opportunity to arouse public interest with another mysterious topic that often grabs headlines: the Cipher protected an 18th-century German Masonic ritual.
The Copiale Cipher is a beautifully bound green and gold book consisting of pages and approximately 75, characters. To further complicate matters, there is no word spacing throughout the manuscript and the text appears justified left, right, and centered, seemingly at random. Breaking the Code As explained by Ill.
Knight first produced a machine-readable version of the text. When this approach bore no results they assumed that a simple substitution cipher was being employed and that the root language was German. After attempting a few other attacks they did see a very slight preference for German.
The unaccented Roman characters merely served to represent spaces and the capitalized characters indicated the beginning of a new paragraph. Using this technique they were able to very slowly tease out enough plain text that the cipher succumbed to machine translation. No member of the team spoke German, much less 18th-century German. Furthermore, as any Mason knows who has tried to explain Masonic terminology to non-Masons, our vocabulary is often a cipher in and of itself.
An outsider attempting to analyze an 18th-century ritual which uses terms that are no longer in common use is going to have quite a difficult time in figuring out the original intent.
Luckily, Ill. The first sign that this was a Masonic document was when Bro. The sentence in which the word occurs asked whether the candidate was a member of any other secret order. The code breakers used scientific methods to determine the age of the document, but the word mopsen allowed Bro.
It consisted almost entirely of Germans and counted some of the most important members of German society as its members. Once this small change is made, the document opens itself up and becomes a great deal more legible for everyone. Most English-language writings on 18th-century ritual are concerned with English and French Masonry; this document provides useful primary-source insight into German Masonic ritual of that time.
The Ritual The evolution of Masonic ritual is an organic process, and, due to revisions and the passage of time, it can vary quite widely. Obviously, 18th-century German ritual is going to be quite different than what a Mason today is familiar with, German or otherwise. Despite an incomplete translation, there are parallels to ritual practices in other countries at that time.
Today some lodges have replaced chalk with PowerPoint, but the teaching method is the same. This tells us these early German ceremonies were influenced by English Lodges.
The modern connections are also numerous. One can even see similarities in one of the signs of an Apprentice Mason and in the biblical names of the pillars. Even in the midth century, the political jockeying between grand lodges and their constituent lodges was prevalent enough to bear mentioning in the cipher. Regardless of time or distance, one of the appeals of Masonry will always be the universality of the values we teach. The Copiale Cipher now serves as a new testament to this tradition.
Hereon, drawn only with chalk, so that everything can be erased after the reception, various drawings are drawn, namely a circular staircase of seven steps, immediately above them a square with a mosaic mathematical table. The entire perimeter of the carpet is a narrow jagged edge, after the four plagis mundi [quarters of the world] the four letters E … S … W … N … are written.
On the north side a column according to the holy order with columns of pomegranates, knobs and networks. The column stands towards east and the pedestal towards west, with the mosaic square horizontally. Written towards the middle of the column there is a big I … and on the southern side there is the same column where a B … stands.
Brent Morris, e-mail message to author, October 26, Kevin Knight, et. Ray V.
Scientists crack mysterious "Copiale Cipher"
Perhaps it is because it has been used to protect some rituals or perhaps it is the perception it has of hidden knowledge. While the origins of Freemasonry still remain a mystery, there are essentially no unbreakable Masonic ciphers today. In general, our understanding of cryptography has advanced so far that a secure cipher is only guaranteed under the purview of first-world powers. However, there are exceptions. A curious enciphered manuscript was discovered in an East German library in and eluded all attempts at decipherment. The document was forgotten until it fell into the hands of a private collector and recently came to the knowledge of an international team of academics from the U.
Código de Copiale
Share via Email Some people will go to any length to read a book. He was curious about it because no one can read it. Named for one of just two non-coded inscriptions in the document, this mysterious manuscript is pages long and is bound in gold and green brocade paper. The manuscript consists of roughly 75, characters. These characters are handwritten very neatly but consist of a perplexing mix of upper- and lower-case Roman letters, along with a large assortment of more abstract symbols see sample pages above. In total, the Cipher contains 90 distinct characters, including 26 unaccented Roman letters.
The Copiale cipher
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