Freemasonry has been the subject of many hoaxes throughout the centuries. The most well known hoax is called the Taxil Hoax and was perpetrated in the late 19th century by a renowned French journalist. Despite the fact that this hoax occurred over a hundred years ago, its effects are felt even today.
Many myths have surrounded Freemasonry for almost as long as the brotherhood has existed. As a part of the organization, Masons teach their lessons through symbols and allegorical plays, but these myths are lies that are repeated through the generations that critics of Freemasonry continue to feed on even today.