Annual Convention

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Aspects:

  • Card from basic INWO Card Deck – Dated April 18, 1995
  • Rare Card
  • Plot Card
  • Artist is Dan Smith
  • Coloring from Derek Pearcy
  • Alignment: N/A
  • Attribute: N/A

Suspect Triangle Location(s):

  • Symbols on hats.

The first interesting piece on this card, is the two red hats that the girls are wearing. What comes to mind instantly upon the way these hats look is the fez (the Shriner’s hat). A bit of history on the Shriner’s is interestingly founded upon what was formerly the A.A.O.N.M.S. (Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine). The name ‘fez’ originated from the city Fez, Morocco. The shape of the hat is to represent a pyramid with the top being flat; incomplete missing the capstone. Under the hat is where they say the treasure of the order is kept and contains wisdom (in the mind) just like as pyramid kept treasures underneath them. The tassel is to represent a cable which pulled the capstone to the top of the pyramid. The scimitar (the Arabian sword) has three edges which is claimed to represent the stages of life; youth, manhood, and then age. A white fez, is worn by females in Daughters of Isis (Egyptian goddess of the moon).

Village Hat Shop Maroon Fez w/ Black Tassel

What is interesting on the deeper possibility of the red fez is how, in whole it is what represents Arabian order A.A.O.N.M.S. It is claimed that to become a Shriner you must make an oath with Allah. This is the religion who persecutes Christians by beheading them. Now, look at the color of the fez, being red could also represent blood, then the scimitar or saif goes along with beheadings. Looking closer at the emblem you can see the head of some pharaoh in the middle of the crescent moon. In the “embrace” of the crescent moon is a five-pointed star. The moon forms a circle around the star making it less noticeable but still a pentagram.

A quick note here, another similar hat to this is the tarboosh, worn by Muslim men around the Mediterranean region as headgear or the inner part of a turban. Tarboosh worn by women is often decorated with ornaments. The tarboosh is of ancient Greek origin as well.

Looking back at the image on the card we can see that, instead of the Shriner emblem, there is just a pyramid and horns added to the sides of the fez. Remember that if the fez represents the pyramid the fez hat is an “unseen” triangle with horns. Interestingly, this “concept” of symbols can be seen from the Chapman family crest.

If we dig into the title of this card, being an “Annual Convention,” we can then put together it is maybe depicting a Shriner’s annual convention which may also be called an Imperial Session. Interestingly a song was written by country singer Ray Steven’s titled ‘Shriner’s Convention’ where it is claimed that the song is based on Ray’s experiences at an Atlanta hotel during an actual Shriner’s convention was being held.

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