Teder

(? - 1918)

4th Ill. G.P. R+C of the O.K.R.C.

Henri-Charles Detre, better known as “Teder,” was the Grand Master of the Martinist Order, the successor of Papus and the predecessor of Jean Bricaud. He had a strong understanding of Martinist rituals and updated those developed by Papus. This work was done on the basis of the materials inherited from François-Charles Barlet and Edouard Blitz.

Besides his activity as Grand Master of the Martinist Order, Teder was also in charge of the French section of the Rite of Memphis-Misraim and the Ordo Templi Orientis. From 1916 to 1918, he was Grand Master of the Swedenborg    Grand Lodge of France. He composed the Ritual of the Martinist Order, initially established only for dignitaries of the order.

Teder died in 1918. The title of Grand Master of the Martinis Order was then offered to Victor Blanchard who declined, because he considered the Masonic restrictions to be a departure from the true spirit of Martinism.

Jean Bricaud then became Grand Master of the Order and moved the headquarters to Lyon: it became known as the “Martinist Order of Lyon.”

Interestingly, his office in the Kabbalistic Order of the Rose-Cross remained continuous and discreet, allowing the Order to escape the conflicts experienced by Martinist and Masonic groups.

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