The central character in Freemasonic lore. The son of a widow, Abiff built Solomon's temple and was killed by three thugs named Jubela, Jubelo, and Jubelum after he refused to tell them the secret word of the master mason.

The entire story is almost surely allegorical: Hiram built the temple without the sound of hammering, making each piece of the structure interlock like magic, and the names of the three thugs contain two names of God, Ju and Bel, repeated three times. Additionally, the wounds Hiram receives--to the head, throat, and heart--are said to represent the spiritual death imposed on humanity by the forces of tyranny and superstition: the head wound represents the death of thought, the throat wound signifies the suppression of free speech, and the wound to the heart implies that human feelings disappear when they are denied free thought and free speech.


Source: "Everything is Under Control: Conspiracies, Cults, and Cover-Ups" by Robert Anton Wilson.