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From: JOE <>
Subject: Re: Riding The Goat
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 21:07:59 -0500

Robert Long wrote:
> Thursday, 12 February 1998
> (Philippines)
> I've been a Master Mason since 1959 & have heard the time-worn expression
> of "riding the goat," within Masonic circles as well as elsewhere. Despite
> visiting various Lodges in over 30 countries during the past 30 years, I've
> encountered no literal application of the phrase within Freemasonry. In
> the main, modern Freemasonry, amongst its bona-fide jurisdictions, is no
> secret, but has its secrets. I know of no goat roaming openly or
> clandestinely within the Craft. Perhaps, someone more qualified can
> correct my perception. I do not know the origin of the expression.
> The phrase does surface in non-Masonic fraternal circles. In one instance
> I know of, "riding the goat" did have a literal ritualistic application
> (albeit in a purely positive & symbolic vein) with the American national
> secondary fraternity, Phi Lambda Epsilon. The fraternity was founded at
> the Clinton Academy (Missouri) on 04 February 1892. Whether Phi Lambda
> Epsilon still exists, or not, is unknown. The proliferation of the
> secondary fraternity in the United States reached its peak in the 1930s &
> 1940s, & was in a steady decline by the early 1960s.
> Regards,
> Bob

Isn't G_O_A_T just a secret jumble of letters for the word T_O_G_A ?

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