This is the latest illustrated book covering the history and origin of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; an introduction to its degrees, teachings, symbols, regalia, and its organizational structure. This book consists of more than 100 photos and illustrations and covers expansive historical aspects, past and current views of IOOF, ritualistic work, and the relationship between the fraternity and the community, the recent signs of revival in many parts of the world.Evolving from the traditions of the guilds and journeymen associations in England, Odd Fellowship refers to a number of fraternal orders and friendly societies consisting of lodges first documented on or before 1730. These lodges were first set up to protect and care for their members and communities at a time when there were still no social security services, national health insurance, service clubs and modern-day charity foundations. The aim was and still is to provide help to their members, their families and their communities in times of need, along with the goal of developing brotherhood and sisterhood, promoting universal peace and understanding, and improving character through the ethical and humanitarian principles taught in their ancient degrees of initiation. As an offshoot of earlier English Orders, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) was organized on April 26, 1819, in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A., by Thomas Wildey and four Odd Fellows from England. During the Golden Age of Fraternalism, membership in the Odd Fellows grew to more than 3.4 million members worldwide. The decline of fraternalism in general and the adoption of the welfare state and social security system severely affected its growth during the 20th century. However, there had been a resurgence of membership and revival of a number of its lodges more recently. At present, Odd Fellowship consists of approximately 600,000 members belonging to 10,000 lodges located in 33 countries.