Cuba’s Freemasonic Mamis

04.07.10 Bucky Turco


A professor teaching philosophy at the University of Havana happened upon a group in one of her classes that she didn’t even know existed: female Freemasons. Like all Masonic orders, women aren’t allowed to join the fraternal society and are traditionally funneled into the Order of the Eastern Star or in Cuba, the Hijas de la Acacia (Daughters of Acacia), but in this case, these ladies are bucking the whole system and doing their own thang.

They’ve established two lodges on the island, whereby all female members reportedly observe the same rituals as the men do. But they don’t have a temple and instead hold their gatherings in private homes which makes for some pretty funky decorating when the girls come over. |Havana Times|