Ancient Arabic Order
of the Mystic Shrine
The Shriners are an International fraternity based on fun, fellowship, and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. Before a man can become a Shriner, he must become a Mason. In fact, if you look carefully at the full name — Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine — you can rearrange the letters A.A.O.N.M.S. and spell “A MASON.” All Shriners are Masons, but not all Masons become Shriners. The Shrine is not just a men's fraternity, there is an organization tied to the Shrine just for women: The Daughters of the Sphinx.