In Masonry, there are two kinds of tradition; First, those which relate to events, either historical and authenticated, or legendary; both of which are employed almost entirely for allegorical or symbolical teachings. Second, those which refer to customs and usages of the Fraternity, especially in matters of ritual observances. These traditions constitute the unwritten law of Masonry; they have been handed down by oral preservation; they are confined almost entirely to the Ritual of the Institution, although they are sometimes of value in interpreting doubtful points in written laws and regulations. They must be preserved and passed on in Ancient and Accepted form; they are not to be altered or modified. Emblematically and symbolically, they represent much that is most basic and vital in Masonry.

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