The Scottish Rite claims to enlarge upon the ethical teachings and philosophy of Freemasonry through dramatic presentation. The practices of the rite itself are thought to have originally evolved in Paris in 1754.
This Rite confers 30 degrees, from the fourth through the 33rd. The 33rd degree is honourary, and given to individuals who have prefromed important services for society or Masonry in general.
See also: Freemasonry