Canidates wishing to become initiated into the Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan take their oaths as part of a the naturalization ritual.Naturalization is becoming a citizen of the Invisible Empire, and not unlike becoming a Naturalized citizen of the United States», according to a comment made by the late Imperial Wizard Dale Fox. “There are some parts of the ceremony that many might at first mistake for a «hazing». Proposed Klansmen are blindfolded, and then with one arm placed on the shoulder of the man before him, led through the woods at a sometimes-vigorous pace. The link is not to be broken as they are questioned and intimidated occasionally with the sound of a firearm.This «hazing» actually has symbolic purpose, and builds mutual trust, loyalty and reveals personal bravery and dedication. Candidates are brought before the Klan for acceptance into the Invisible Empire and are quizzed on their Klan craft and Klan history. They are instructed in the history of the six eras of the Klan. They participate in swearing certain oaths and at the conclusion they are «Knighted» as in the days of old, by anointing with sacred waters and a sword touch on both shoulders followed by a benediction. Finally, the new citizens of the Invisible Empire are greeted and welcomed by the officiating officers.