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Freemasonry is an association of people who profess principles of brotherhood and recognize each other by signs and emblems, including those of the arts of construction. They are found in places called the Masonic lodge and obey a boss, the venerable, classify themselves as apprentices, companions and masters.
Freemasonry arose in Europe during the Middle Ages. In the eighteenth century, it approached liberalism, defending freedom of thought and other ideals of justice and brotherhood. In Brazil, Freemasonry was introduced in the early nineteenth century and played an important role in the process that led to the country's independence. Dom Pedro I and José Bonifácio, for example, were Freemasons.
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