Secret Society "Kalahari" Info?
My grandfather belonged to a mystical group called "The Kalahari Court Of The Orient", supposedly founded in the mid-1920s and allegedly an offshoot of OTO. There is no information to be found anywhere on this group as far as anyone can find. Has anyone heard of this group and have any information on it?
What little my family knows about it, this was a mystical society, and not a plain old lodge, patriotic organization, ethnic club, or insurance society, and seemed to be a little Masonic in some of the memories they have of it.
Even though it appears the group never existed, I have his ritual robes, swords, athame, and other items that "don't exist".
Thank you for any help on this.
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I have his ritual robes, swords, athame, and other items that "don't exist".
WOW, that is VERY cool Moth! Do you use his things now in your own rituals? I'm extemely jealous! I had a few witches in my family but I dont have anything from their pratices etc as they all died by the time I was 7 and nobody else in my family care enough to save anything. I've always wished something would turn up and i'd get to read a diary or have something of theirs. Anyway, just wanted to say how cool that is and you're very lucky. I'm saving ALL of my stuff for my kids who i'm sure one day will find great interest in. Atleast they better! LOL.
I hope someone can help you out here. This sounds very interesting!! 🙂
I've been fortunate with the Witchy influences from both sides of my family. My mother's father was the Kalahari guy, he taught me many things when I was young that I didn't realize until much later what they really were! And my father's aunt was a first-class Kitchen Witch and even said so, back when people didn't admit to such things! She was a master with herbs and healing, and she also taught me things I would realize later in my life.
Must be that Celtic-Irish family thing we have.
I use my grandfather's swords in ritual, and especially his athame, a homemade hammered engraved copper knife that is a work of art in itself.
Beannacht leat, Kym!
Unfortunately I have never heard of this group but I am really interested in secret societies of the present and past and would love to know more about them if you come across any information. I will also keep an eye out for any.
Do you know where this group operated out of?
Casey, as far as I know, he belonged to a local "lodge", lack of a better word. I don't know what they might have called the local or district groups. He was in the eastern Pennsylvania region (Poconos) and I do know that there was some activity in New Jersey as well, but from there I have very little to go on.
I have an aunt who seems to think that most of the members were Irish. I don't know if this was because of the heavy Irish population around here, or that membership might have been restricted, like the Ancient Order Of Hibernians and the Friendly Sons Of The Shillelagh and the Molly Maguires, but although Pop came from Irish-Catholic stock, he didn't follow Catholicism.
Talk about a SECRET secret society!
This has always intrigued me.
Almost more info...
I recently spoke with an uncle who claims to know a little about the Kalahari.
His info, what I could squeeze out of him, said that members of Kalahari had to be of a certain grade in some other group. His example was the Shriners, being of a high degree Mason before they could advance to the Guys-With-The-Cute-Little-Cars.
When I asked if this was a Freemason-based group, he definitely said it wasn't.
I asked if the person moving up had to be at least a (7)=, and he hesitated before saying he didn't know.
Uh huh, a likely story...
Rumor has it that the OTO was the group spun off from, but I still don't have anything on it. Frustrating, but I do enjoy a good chase!
If anyone knows anything, please let me know! And if I find anything new I'll post it.
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Moth, I don't know whether this is of any use, but I came across :
This short document [Newark Evening News] part of a 1922 obituaty mentions a Crescent Court of the Orient No. 1.
Maybe Cresent / Kalahari were affiliated ? Different lodges, perhaps...
Might be a dead end - but I thought you might be interested.
A little late, jdes, but thank you for the link. No, I don't think they were of the same organization.
I'm just posting to bring this thread up to the top again. Maybe with all of the new members coming on board, someone might know something.
Thank you all for the help you've given me!
Kalahari, hm? Maybe related to the 'Sons of the Desert'?:)
Seriously, what items do you have with the name on? Documents, charters etc? If so, who are they signed/authorised by?