It is a lot more fun to blame the LDS Temple Ceremony on the Chinese than the Masons.  The Chinese at least got some of the right positions.

An ancient painting of Nüwa and Fuxi unearthed in Xinjiang.

[Picture of Chinese Gods holding a compass and a square]

Many of the Chinese societies have their own signs and tokens that are interesting to look at (e.g. here).  What is fun about these is that they date back to 200 A.D. or earlier.

I know, people prefer the Egyptian temples and the tombs we have that preserve them (since it was popular to include a temple in the larger tombs).  We have a good deal more on that ritual than we have on Eleusis and the Eleusinian Mysteries (with the lead book back in print years after the author’s death)

Of course what we have on Egypt ranges from solid speculation Temple of the Cosmos: The Ancient Egyptian Experience of the Sacred to expensive surveys (e.g. Egyptian Temples (Kegan Paul Library of Ancient Egypt) — sells for $300.00 new) to wildly fantastic (ok, Budge is more wildly traditional Legends of the Gods: The Egyptian Texts; Edited with Translations) but The Nine Eyes of Light: Ascension Keys from Egypt by Padma Aon Prakasha (Aug 31, 2010) is the sort of thing that gets attention, and not in a good way, when you mention speculation.

But there is a lot to be learned, and a good deal of interest history in this area that is often overlooked.

Especially from the Chinese.

Where do you look for inspiration and thought on temples?