“Masonry’s ceremonies, symbols and the celebrated legend of Hiram in the Master Mason’s degree were directly borrowed from the “Ancient Mysteries“, or the secret worship of Baal, Osiris or Tamuz.”
Edmond Ronayne – “The Master’s Carpet” [p.7]
“Hiram Abif represents intelligence, liberty and truth, and was struck down by a blow to the neck with a rule, representing the suppression of speech by the church; then he was struck in the heart wih the square, representing the suppression of belief by the State; and finally he was struck on the head by a maul, representing the suppression of intellect by the masses. Freemasonry thus equates the Church, the State,and masses with tyranny, intolerance, and ignorance.” – BEHOLD A PALE HORSE” Milton William Cooper pg 77
Hiram Abiff is also known as “the Widow’s Son“.
“The close relationship between Freemasonry and the original Knights Templars has caused the story of Hiram to be linked with the martyrdom of Jacques de Molay. According to this interpretation, the three ruffians who cruelly slew their Master at the gates of the temple because he refused to reveal the secrets of his Order represent the Pope, the king, and the executioners. De Molay died maintaining his innocence and refusing to disclose the philosophical and magical arcana of the Templars.” – Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall page78
“Typhon, the Queen of Ethiopia, and the seventy-two conspirators represent the three destructive powers, preserved to modern Freemasonry as the murderers of the Master Builder three destructive powers preserved to the modern Freemasonry as the murderers of the Master Builder. They are ignorance, superstition, and fear, (the state, the church and the mob) the destroyers of all good things.”– Freemasonry of the Ancient Egyptians, by Manly Hallpg. 148-150