Book of Saphah Emethachavah, Hi’dang
BROTHERHOOD OF FAITHISTS.
WITH MODERN GODS SUBSTITUTED IN PLACE OF THE ANCIENTS.
As the student will perceive, the Tablet contains three degrees. The headings
only could be given in the plates, being too complicated for hieroglyphic
characters in such small space. For the outer rim, begin at the bottom and
read alternately either side, till arriving at the top, where will be found the
Symbol of Corpor and the great serpent (solar phalanx), and wark. The small
stars in the inner circle represent the positions of mortals within the chamber
during the ceremonies. The three degrees are called: First, M’git’ow (dawn);
second, Hi’dang (high noon); third, M-hak (golden chamber), which are given
in darkness. In English they are called, Dawn, Noon and Evening. They
were about the time of Zarathustra (Zoroaster), or, say, 8,000 or 9,000 B.K.
1. These that follow being the first three rites of Emethachavah, that is to say:
2. M’git’ow said: A baker came to sell me bread. I said: Sell thy bread to my wife. She and
I are one.
3. The baker said: The two are one?
4. This was the beginning of wisdom. I went into a field and heard the birds singing:
5. The Unknown said: The twain are one!
6. I said: Couldst Thou, O Father, make all men as one, there would be peace and joy! No
7. The Unknown said: Make thou the Family of the Ancients! Husband and wife shall be
thy key. Husband, wife and children shall be thy model.
8. I said: I can not make all men think alike, act alike, do alike.
9. A vision came upon me. I saw a score of musicians, and every one had a different
instrument, and they set about tuning their instruments, every one his own way, saying:
Save we have our instruments tuned as one instrument, there can be no music; tune,
therefore, thine instrument to mine.
10. After a long while they wearied, for they were no nearer than at first. And every one
said: It is impossible to attune them! It is useless trying more.
11. The Unknown spake out of the firmament, saying: Choose ye one instrument
first, and then attune another one to it. This accomplished, attune then a third
instrument to them; after that, a fourth, and so on, and ye shall be all attuned alike.
12. Thereupon the musicians set to work, but could not agree whose should be the first
13. A pillar of fire descended from heaven and stood in the midst of the musicians; and
in the center of the pillar of fire there appeared an instrument called the All Perfect.
14. The instrument gave forth one note, and all the musicians attuned to it. The Voice
said: I have given the key-note, find ye the rest.
15. The pillar of fire departed. The instruments thus attuned in harmony played
rapturously. The vision then departed.
16. This I perceive: to make the man and wife one; to make the man, wife and child one;
to make the village one; to make the state one; to make the empire one; all in harmony, as
one instrument, can not be done without a Central Sun, a Creator, to attune to. When a
man is attuned to Him, and a woman attuned to Him, they will themselves be as one.
When the family and the village are attuned to Him, it is easy. Without Him harmony can
17. He, the Creator, then, must be first in all things, first in all places. He must be the
nearest of all things, nearest of all places. In our rites and ceremonies He must be the All
Ideal Perfection! the embodiment of a Perfect Person.
(End of prelude.)
(T. goeth to the altar and lighteth the incense, and the priests come and stand beside the
altar, they, and the initiates with them, saying:)
18. Emblem of worlds moldering into dust and of the harvest of souls ascending to the
etherean realms above; emblem of mine own mortal dissolution and of the ascent of my
soul, but whither, O Jehovih!
19. In Thee, Jehovih, will I have faith. In Thee only. Emeth (Faith) shall be my name, the
foundation of my soul.
20. Henceforth I will eschew fame and the applause of men. Mine hands will I fold
against earthly fame, and in Thy name, prepare my soul for heaven!
(Signs withheld from publication.)
21. East: Over all the earth gave I dominion into man’s hands; but I rule over man
both on earth and in heaven, saith Jehovih. I fashioned the earth and breathed upon it,
and man came forth a living soul. The veins in his body I made, and I made him
conscious that he is. I speak into his ear, and hold up Mine hand before him that he may
not err, but rejoice that he liveth and that he may glorify Me and My works. But he
turneth aside and boasteth there is none greater than man.
22. P. and I.: O Jehovih, mighty in heaven, hallowed be Thy name! May I never forget
Thee nor set myself up against Thee nor Thy kingdoms! (One bell.)
23. E.: Who are these that call on Jehovih’s name?
24. P.: Wanderers on the earth who are unappeased with corporeal things. From Corpor to
Es we turn in Jehovih’s name.
25. E.: For what purpose are ye in this holy chamber?
26. I.: To be initiated into the light and dominions of heaven.
27. E.: Have ye been prepared for this?
28. I.: Yea.
29. E.: How have ye been prepared?
30. I.: We abstain from flesh food and from strong drink, and endeavor to purify our
31. E.: Man may be pure in the corporeal body, but unprepared to receive the wisdom of
high heaven. How else have ye been prepared?
32. I.: We have witnessed the spirits of the dead who have returned to the earth, reclothed
in corporeal appearances. We have talked with them in the presence of witnesses.
33. E.: My friends, since ye live on the earth, and can commune with the spirits of
heaven, why are ye still unappeased?
34. I.: The people of the earth lust after the things of the earth, and deceive us on all
occasions. The spirits who manifest are of little wisdom; they know but little of heaven.
35. E.: Since your faith in mortals is nothing, and your faith in spirits from heaven
little more, how hope ye to gain wisdom and truth by calling on the name of Jehovih?
36. I.: We know there are angels in heaven who have risen above the bondage of earth.
We aim to purify ourselves, that such may come to us and give us light. By attuning
ourselves to Jehovih, we have faith that He will provide us according to our talents,
which we received from His hand.
37. E.: Have ye not called for the spirits of the well-known?
38. I.: Alas, we find that spirits can assume any name and form, and so deceive us.
We have no faith in names; they are as the wind. Some spirits have kingdoms in
the lower heavens, and they seek to win subjects for themselves in time to come.
39. E.: How hope ye to distinguish free spirits from the bound?
40. I.: Spirits who talk of their own earthly lives, and of earthly things, are familiar
spirits who abide with mortals. There are spirits above them who can come and teach us
of things in heaven. By serving Jehovih, we hope to adapt ourselves to their presence.
41. E.: Have not Osiris, and Baal, and Dagon, and Ashtaroth, appeared in many places?
42. I.: It is so said, but they have shown no wisdom, nor have they come but through
deceivers and persons who lust after earthly things.
43. E.: Save ye become workers for Jehovih, by lifting up your fellow-men, how hope ye
for good angels to come and lift you up?
44. I.: What shall we do? Give us light?
45. E.: Make ye a covenant with Jehovih that your pledges may be recorded in high
heaven. Consider your words, for Jehovih is ever present and heareth all done in His
name. Angels are also present, who have no interest in the affairs of men, save for the
redemption of their souls. That which ye swear shall ye do from this time forth forever!
46. P. and I.: This, then, be my covenant: I will serve Thee, O Jehovih, and no other God,
nor Lord, nor any other person born of woman, who professeth to save the souls of men;
nor will I pray to them or adore them; for by their names have the nations of the earth
been accursed with war and destruction. But to Thee only, O Jehovih, will I pay homage
and adoration, now and forever. For Thee will I labor, by doing righteously toward all
men, and equally with all these my brethren, the Emeth (Faithists) in one Everlasting
Father, Creator of worlds! With all my might, and my wisdom and love, will I strive to
enlighten my fellow-men and to lift them up out of darkness. More shall my labor be for
others than for myself, henceforth forever! And my substance shall be given to relieve the
helpless and distressed. Help me, O Jehovih, and make me strong in this my covenant,
now and forever. Amen.
47. E.: This is the Dawn! Behold the rising Sun!
(The salutations are withheld from publication.
48. Ye are now on the road of everlasting light. Swerve not from your covenant with
Jehovih, and the spirits from the second heaven will abide with you. He who taught you
before will invest you with, etc.
(Withheld from publication.)
49. In the name of Eolin, and by His power and wisdom vested in me, do I receive
thee as my brother (or sister, as the case may be) of the Ancient Order of Dawn of the
Brotherhood of Emeth, and I salute thee with the rod, etc.
(Withheld from publication.)
High Noon, or Sun Degree.–The same Tablet is used in this degree as in Dawn. The
children of Dawn always used the sacred name of Eolin, whilst the sons and daughters of
the All Light say, Eloih or Jehovih.
1. Dang: Let the Faithist remember his Father in heaven. The rising Sun adorneth the
( Here the Onetavis and the Emeth’a give the signs of Dawn, facing to the East.)
2. Dang: Give voice, O ye that remember Him. His name is a power in heaven and earth.
3. O. and I.: In Jehovih’s name! (The salutation and signs withheld from publication.)
4. D.: Before proceeding on the road of everlasting life, let the Hyarh measure the bread
and meal, that far-distant regions may not entrap us in want. If the measure be short, then
we must replenish.
(The Hyarh pass five times around the altar, spelling the sacred name by the motions of
their arms, halting for that purpose at the eastern fire. The Orgives now bring forth a
polished stone tablet, with chalk or ink to write with, and lie the tablet on the altar to
the south of the tripod and the prophet’s seat. Wa-wa-tu-sa’a (women), five in
number, bring water in basins and set them down by the feet of the Emeth’a. Hyarh saith:)
5. Arise, O Children of Dawn! Come to the west of the altar, O Children of Dawn! (This
6. East: (with sound of gong, twice): Hear us, O Jehovih! Thy voice be with us. Thy
wisdom guide us. Thy love exalt us. As we hope for Thy exalted angels to come and
minister to us, O show us, Mighty and All Perfect, how we can best minister to others
who are less fortunate than ourselves. Sting us, O Jehovih, as with wasps and nettles, if
we fail to devote our whole time to the lifting up of our fellow-men. Thou hast measured
all things, and made wisely. Hearken to me, O Jehovih.
(Seven priests, representatives of the seven stars, now pass in front of the East, but face
south and salute upward with the twelve preceeding signs.)
7. East: Jehovih saith: As a builder measureth the place for the house and provideth a sure
foundation, let not My chosen neglect the All Light that I have given to every soul. Ye are
as the stones in one building in My sight; and every one must be squared for the place I
fashioned from the beginning. The Emeth’a shall be My house; to them will I give the
whole earth. Yea, all others shall fail; but My chosen shall not fail.
8. Jehovih saith: There have been idolaters from the time of the ancients to this day. Yea,
they have had idols of stone and wood and brass; and they have had spirits in heaven and
hell, before whom they bowed down and worshiped, but I put their idols away and none
can find them. See to it, O My beloved, that ye be searched out and made upright before
9. Hyarh: Speak, O Emeth’a! Before the Father, raise up your voices. What was the
building of the house of Dawn? How stood the temple? How stood the spirit chamber
(The Emeth’a here give the description and name the instruments used, the position of the
stars, after which they repeat the reading of Tablet Emeth, all of which is withheld from
publication. After this the Hyarh saith:)
10. H.: By what right are ye in this chamber of light?
11. Em.: By right of our covenant with Jehovih. Behold the ark! Jehovih’s name we have
12. H.: What was done at Dawn in the East?
13. Em.: A philosopher passed twice about the table of the ancients. He held the key of
many in one, and disclosed it before our eyes. After that he lighted the incense and
departed. Then we covenanted, swearing an oath unto Jehovih, which was duly deposited,
and thereupon were proclaimed under a Hawitcha with Dhargot, and then saluted
Children of Dawn.
14. H.: Are ye still steadfast in your oath?
15. Em.: Yea.
16. H.: What more desire ye?
17. Em.: More light from heaven!
18. H.: Of the earth shall man learn earthly things. But light from heaven descendeth to
mortals by the angels in heaven, who are servants of the Most High!
19. East: As the sun at noon is to the corporeal earth, so is Jehovih to the souls of men.
As the eye turneth to the east to behold the rising sun, so turneth the spirit of the Child of
Dawn to Jehovih, the Great Spirit.
20. North: He hath uttered the sacred name. His hands have made the signs of the
ancients. His feet have run quickly to the afflicted, and his substance lifted them up.
21. East: As the wicked find strength in armies, so, not single-handed, laboreth the Child
22. North: He hath united in a brotherhood with many. In the chamber of holies
supplicated he the Great Spirit. The words of enchantment are at his tongue’s end; with
his own hand writeth he on stone the pass-word of the Faithist. It is the circumference of
all. It extendeth from left to right, and from below and upward, and it holdeth the symbol
23. East: I am the Self within all selfs, saith Jehovih. Nor things seen, nor things unseen,
nor light and darkness are, nor were, but all things proceed out of Me, and are of Me.
Into motion and life quickened I them, and all of them are but members of My body.
24. East: I made man a spirit, but I gave him a corporeal body that he might learn
corporeal things, saith Jehovih. Death I made that man might inherit My etherean worlds
in the firmament of heaven.
25. East: But man turned away from Me and desired the things of earth; and after death
his spirit was bound to that which he desired, and he became a wandering spirit on the
face of the earth.
26. Em.: In the midst of my desires I am cast down. I am unworthy in thy sight, O
Jehovih! Have I not set store on my house and my land, and on all manner of earthly
things? Yea, as with a chain, have I bound my spirit to become a wanderer on the earth?
27. East: Man buildeth a kingdom, and he gathereth riches, saith Jehovih. Yea, he warreth
against his brethen for the glory of the king and chief ruler, and the profane man. For
opinion’s sake they slay one another outright.
28. East: Jehovih said: The spirit of the rich man have I bound, and the warrior, and great
captain, and the man of renown, and the leader of men; and his spirit can not rise up from
the earth. A companion have I made him in the lower heavens to the wanton and the
drunkard, to the chaotic and foul-smelling.
29. Em.: Never, O Jehovih, will I raise up my hand against any man; nor will I war for the
king, nor chief ruler, nor for any man, nor for any land, nor house, nor earthly thing. And
though I be placed in front of battle, yet will I not take any man’s life! So help me, O
Father in heaven.
30. East: And the spirit of the bound have I made to encompass the earth in all places, and
until they put away the darkness that is in them, they shall not inherit My etherean worlds,
saith Jehovih. Neither shall they hear My voice, nor believe in My person, for they have
descended into darkness and are blind and dumb to My glories in the firmament of
31. East: But I provided for them in their darkness, saith Jehovih. For I bring the earth
into a light region in the firmament above, and I send My holy angels to deliver them out
of darkness and bondage. In My name raise they up men with eyes to see and ears to hear,
and I proclaim unto all the nations of the earth.
32. Em.: Make of my body and my spirit, O Jehovih, a servant unto Thee; and whatsoever
Thou puttest upon me, that will I accept and do with all my might and wisdom and love.
That which Thou hast taught me, will I proclaim, fearing naught that may come upon me;
for Thou shalt make of me an example of steadfastness for Thy glory. For the loss of my
earthly Gods will I complain not; nor for imprisonment nor toil, nor sickness nor death!
To Thy servant these things are as nothing. Without Thee, O Jehovih, I am as nothing; but
Thy servant will I be henceforth forever. Amen!
33. Hyarh: My friends, what was the light of the ancients?
34. Em.: To learn the earth and call if Ah! To learn the sky and call it Oh! To learn the
unseen power, as the wind, and call it E-O-Ih!
35. H.: Which was the secret pass-word to the lodge of light with the ancients? What was
36. Em.: To worship Eloih; to do no murder; to keep holy one day in seven; to steal not
and to commit no adultery.
37. H.: What was the next light?
38. Em.: To do not unto others that which we desire not done unto us.
39. H.: What next?
40. Em.: To do unto others even as we desire them to do unto us; to love one’s neighbor
as one’s self; to return good for evil.
(Here ended the ancient light. But in kosmon, to the order of this day, is added:)
41. H.: A greater light I now give unto you, in the name of Jehovih, which is: THAT YE
SHALL DO GOOD UNTO OTHERS WITH ALL YOUR WISDOM AND STRENGTH, ALL THE
DAYS OF YOUR LIVES; AND THAT YE SHALL PERCEIVE NO EVIL IN ANY MAN, NOR
WOMAN, NOR CHILD, BUT IN THEIR BIRTH AND SURROUNDINGS.
42. Em.: This, also, do I accept of Thee, O Jehovih. Help me to swerve not, O Thou
Light of my soul, for Thy glory and for the glory of Thy dominions, forever!
(Thereupon follow the anointing rod of fire and the key to the astronomical
problems. After this the Em. are conducted to North, South, West, and East, where
they are bestowed with raiment, the ceremony of which is withheld from publication.)