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Fremen ~= Free Mason?

Postby shishi » 12 Aug 2010 14:36

Since Frank Herbert is so interested in incorporating different religions/beliefs together, could he have possibly intended Fremen to suggest this name?
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Re: Fremen ~= Free Mason?

Postby Freakzilla » 12 Aug 2010 14:41

I think he was suggesting "free men". What do the Fremen have to do with the Free Masons?
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Re: Fremen ~= Free Mason?

Postby A Thing of Eternity » 12 Aug 2010 14:49

Free men is the common thought, and obviously closer than freemason. I would think FH would have included some of the freemason symbology which is very recognisable if that had been his intent.

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Re: Fremen ~= Free Mason?

Postby merkin muffley » 13 Aug 2010 14:44

I'm struggling to find any similarities between the Fremen and Freemasons. Please elaborate, shishi.
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Re: Fremen ~= Free Mason?

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Re: Fremen ~= Free Mason?

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Nekhrun wrote:Who gives a shit?


:lol: That is a trick question.
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Re: Fremen ~= Free Mason?

Postby SandChigger » 13 Aug 2010 19:27

Nekhrun wrote:Who gives a shit?

Did you mean shitshit?

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Re: Fremen ~= Free Mason?

Postby shishi » 13 Aug 2010 23:13

The Fremen are viewed by the Harkonnens as a secret society, and they don't believe that there are very many of them on Arrakis, and look at their beliefs/abilities as inferior. As for their rituals/symbology, I am not sure there are many similarities except perhaps their refinements of measurement (such as water). They also gather and belong to sietches, similar to lodges or temples.

I really don't know much about Free Masons in detail, but came across references to them in Eyes Wide Shut, and was curious as to why Kubrick put them in there.
There is one hidden message on the streetwalk that is very suggestive. It contains names of an author and director who published prominent works in 1996 (The year Eyes Wide Shut started shooting) on Free Masonry. The book is about development of Masonry in Ancient Egypt and the film (released in the UK) details the initiation of a European into a secret Masonic establishment.

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Re: Fremen ~= Free Mason?

Postby Mr. Teg » 14 Aug 2010 01:59

I think the connection is medieval "freeman" law under the Franks in Europe following the Romans.
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Re: Fremen ~= Free Mason?

Postby SandRider » 14 Aug 2010 04:26

I'll just go ahead out on that limb here and call this one a Wingnut from the get-go ...

how weird is it to have Martian Bob pop back up in today's discussion, then this Zenbabbler ...

merkin oughta chime in here with his newfacedancer impression for the Loony Trifecta .....



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Re: Fremen ~= Free Mason?

Postby SandChigger » 14 Aug 2010 06:40

shishi wrote:They also gather and belong to sietches, similar to lodges or temples.

So do beavers. And they're big on creating giant caches of water, too. ;)

I really don't know much about Free Masons in detail...

I don't, either, but I've never been all that interested in them. I kinda seriously doubt their history goes all the way back to Ancient Egypt, though. Either way, the Bene Gesserit would seem the better group for a comparison with Masons, since they were also a secretive organization that did last for millennia. (I've seen most of the Kubrick flick, but wasn't that excited by it.)

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Re: Fremen ~= Free Mason?

Postby merkin muffley » 14 Aug 2010 11:12

shishi wrote:I really don't know much about Free Masons in detail


you're joking

I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that any "Masonic" symbolism in Eyes Wide Shut is totally superficial. I think they grabbed a lot of ideas from different conspiracy theories to create the mysterious orgy cult. And when you're talking about "Free Masons" you're probably referring to the Mason-Illuminati Conspiracy Theory, or something out of Foucault's Pendulum.

Eyes Wide Shut is about a marriage. The cult is just a story device, and is a pastiche created out of ideas from lots of different conspiracy thoeries, particularly conspiracy theories about rich people having orgies. The Latin mass played backwards is in there because it sounds cool.

That music is one of the most striking features of the orgy cult in Eyes Wide Shut. What does a Latin mass played backwards have to do with Freemasons? Absolutely nothing (or is this the Illuminati thing again?) :roll: If Stanley Kubrick wanted to make a movie that said something about Freemasons, you would know it. I don't think he's the kind of filmmaker that throws in references without doing something specific with them. He definitely has ambiguity in his films, but you always know what the ambiguity is about. You wonder what the fuck is going on at the end of 2001, but he hits you over the head with the image of the fetus aligning with the planets. He's not going to have his main character walk past a street sign that says something important.

I don't think Freemasons have much to do with Eyes Wide Shut, and I think they got nothing to do with Fremen. Although Fremen 3=====D~ ~ ~ Semen?

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Re: Fremen ~= Free Mason?

Postby TheDukester » 14 Aug 2010 17:15

Freakzilla wrote:What do the Fremen have to do with the Free Masons?

Nothing.

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Re: Fremen ~= Free Mason?

Postby Bijaz » 15 Aug 2010 19:12

Wait a sec...
Are we talking about the Fremen or Freedmenmen?
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Re: Fremen ~= Free Mason?

Postby SandRider » 15 Aug 2010 19:41

I thought we was talkin' about Kinky Friedman,
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Re: Fremen ~= Free Mason?

Postby Eyes High » 16 Aug 2010 07:23

I've always thought of Fremen as a play on the words Free men. Because that is what they are. Even though others tried to subdue them and even erradicate them; they remained free.

And this is a very simplefied view of the situation but I've looked on Freman kind of like the Native Americans or native tribs of other countries and the Harkonnens and even the Atredies as the white men/European of old. The Harkonnens looked down on the Fremen and thought them savages, but the Freman's culture - different from the main stream -- allowed them to survive on a harsh planet.

Like I said, very over simplified, but Fremen ---> Free Mason...NO Connection
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Re: Fremen ~= Free Mason?

Postby aethereon » 16 Aug 2010 11:07

Fremen ~= Free Mason?


Negative. The BT are probably the closest comparable social entity in Dune to Masonry, and that's definitely stretching it beyond reason to force a fit. The BG are a close second (more or less - still an extreme stretch beyond elastic equilibrium).

I'd venture to say that the Fremen (at their pinnacle of social development/involvement) are closer to real-world historical Jews than the muslim/buddhist faith applied to them. The Fremen are in rewind - back to basic of the basics - compared to others labeled similarly (terms of belief) in Dune. Don't forget the mormons, either.

I humbly refer you to the Leto II and the GP (specifically/non-specifically: Heretics).

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Re: Fremen ~= Free Mason?

Postby chanilover » 16 Aug 2010 17:47

I read somewhere that Fremen was based on Fremder, German for stranger. The idea being that Frank was trying to portray a society which was completely alien to most Americans in the 60s. No idea if this is true or not.
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Re: Fremen ~= Free Mason?

Postby SandChigger » 16 Aug 2010 18:27

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Re: Fremen ~= Free Mason?

Postby SandRider » 16 Aug 2010 22:04

I hope so ... I'm just not in the mood for more babbling wingnuts with a bunch of fucked-up
ideas about Frank's books ... that's what the Official Corporate Dune forum is for ... we got real work to do around here ....
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Re: Fremen ~= Free Mason?

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abdulshaz wrote:Awesome!! It’s just what I need!! Thanks!..

Um... what is?

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Re: Fremen ~= Free Mason?

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Re: Fremen ~= Free Mason?

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Erection Pack? :shock:

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Re: Fremen ~= Free Mason?

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