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While neither the snake nor serpent appears in masonic symbolism or ritual, many regalia-makers have used it to fashion the belt hook on masonic aprons. Intended as a symbol of wisdom, the eternal, the universe, the world or regeneration and rebirth, this usage has been singled out by some anti-masons as "proof" that the "Brotherhood of the Snake" worships Satan. All they have proved is their ignorance of its historical usage. Regalia makers quite probably simply adopted a common belt-hook used by manufacturers of clothing for British schoolboys.
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Freemasonry: its outward and visible signs. A description of the jewels, clothing, & furniture, for all degrees, with convenient index. Revised Edition. Spencer’s Masonic Depôt, 23A Great Queen Street, London, W. C., Opposite Freemasons' Hall. Walter Spencer, 1880. 106pp with list of illustrations, plus catalogue: xii pp. p. 3.

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