Due to the Orders inherent esoteric nature and age, scholars do not agree about precisely when and where it began.
The most commonly accepted theory is that Gerard Dante, an English philosopher, founded the first Tulpan Lodge in the year 1516 AD. Dante wrote the first of the three main paradoxes that form the basic Trinity of Truths agreed upon (but not necessarily practiced) by all Tulpans.
The first paradox, or as Tulpan's refer to it as the 'Sociological Paradox', states: For one to exist in the world and flourish, one must be unique and creative and not follow the norms set down by an establishment. In essence, thinking for yourself is essential for a successful life. However, one must also follow the laws and socially acceptable behaviors that society has established in order for there to be a society for us to be unique in. In essence, one must conform in order to be unique.
In 1831 Michael Sille, an Irish philosopher, discovered the 'Second Paradox'. This theory been referred to as the 'Lost Paradox', for all copies of it were destroyed when Sille's home, and unfortunately himself, were burned to the ground.
The source of the fire was never determined.Theories about what the Lost Paradox was vary from a theory of everything to an explanation of consciousness. The most commonly held theory is the 'Five/Zero' theory. This theory attempts to mathematically prove that nothing, including the universe itself, exists.
In the mid 1900's interest in the Lodge was rekindled by Hale Tender and his discovery of the 'Third Paradox' or 'Grand Paradox'. This theory stated that the entire universe, and consequentially everything within it are all paradoxes. Not only that, but the universe as a whole is a loop in time that has no ending, only an infinite chain of beginnings.
Hale, being an astronomer and Lodge Tulpan Savant, credits himself as the father of modern Tulpan Astronomy. Tulpanism joined the Spiritualist bandwagon of the 1900's and grew in popularity.
Tulpan Lodges began to appear in Europe, Australia and the Americas. From 1900 to 1930 the Lodge ranked over 5,700 members world-wide. Its numbers have since declined to approximately 1,300.

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