There are as many conspiracy theories as there are people in the world, yet some are more believable than others. Also, there’s no smoke without fire, right? Sometimes it’s just the yellow press blabbering some nonsense to get more readers, and sometimes more legitimate sources express the very same ideas but with much more believable facts to support them. Then there are special symbols that have existed for hundreds of years and have appeared here and there throughout human history. Who created them and what do they mean? Here are 12 facts about the most famous secret society in the world – Illuminati.
‘The Enlightened Ones’
That’s what the world ‘Illuminati’ means in Latin. Supposedly, people who belong to the Illuminati have more knowledge about science and the world in general than those people who are not in the club.
The stuff of legends
Contrary to the popular belief, Illuminati weren’t created to be the mysterious and secretive society that it is today. Originally, the organization was absolutely against ‘obscurantism’ – hiding all kinds of facts from the public. Nevertheless, in the course of history Illuminati have become the very thing they were fighting against – an almost legendary mysterious society that supposedly withholds important knowledge from millions of people.
The official ban in 1785
That’s right, the Illuminati organization has existed for around nine years and was then banned by Karl Theodor. The Bavarian Government along with the Catholic Church worried about the impact a secret society such as this would have on people (and the power it will eventually have over them) so they just banned all secret societies altogether. Which, in turn, just made all such societies go deeper underground. As a result, we don’t even know for sure whether the Illuminati order still exists or not.
At the beginning of its existence Illuminati weren’t too secretive about themselves and even published some info on the system of the Illuminati order in 1782. It appears they had a three-tiered hierarchy with such classes: ‘The Nursery’ (including Illuminatus Minor, the Minerval, and the Noviciate), ‘The Masonic Grades’ (including Master, Companion and Apprentice), and ‘The Mysteries’ (including Prince and Priest)