What is the Illuminati?
It is a name given to a society both real and fictional. This organization has fueled many conspiracy theories for decades. Not a few people claim that it is a secret and mysterious organization that aims to dominate the world, and is behind some of the most important revolutions and murders in the history of the world.
What was the original Illuminati?
The Illuminati was originally a secret society formed in present-day Bavaria, Germany, and existed in the years 1776-1785. The group was inspired by the ideals of the Enlightenment, and was founded by law professor Adam Veishop.
It aimed to promote rational education, philanthropy and oppose superstition and religious influence in society. He also tried to change the way states were run in Europe, eliminating the influence of religion on government, and giving the people a new source of "enlightenment".
It is believed that the first meeting of the Bavarian Illuminati was held in a forest near Ingolstadt on May 1, 1776. There 5 men drew up the rules that would govern the secret society. The group's main goals were to influence political decisions and disrupt institutions such as the monarchy and the Church.
What did the Illuminati have to do with the Freemasons?
The Freemasons are an organization originally composed of stonemasons and cathedral builders of the Middle Ages. In some countries, especially in the USA, there has historically been a lot of paranoia about the Freemasons. In 1828, a political movement with a single cause, known as the Anti-Masonic Party, was even formed. Because of the original Illuminati recruitment of the Freemasons, the two groups have often been confused with each other.
How can you join the Illuminati?
First you had to have full consent from other members, have wealth and a good reputation within a family with norms. Membership also had a hierarchical system. After entering as a 'beginner', the member graduated to a 'mineral' and then an 'illuminated mineral'. To become a full member one had to overcome 13 steps.
Do members of the Illuminati use rituals?
They use rituals, most of which remain unknown, and pseudonyms to keep members' identities secret. As it should, rituals explain to a novice how he can move to a higher level within the hierarchy of society.
They had to compile a report of all the books they had, write a list of their weaknesses, and find out the names of their enemies. The novice would then promise to sacrifice personal interests for the good of society.
What is the "All Seeing Eye"?
The "Eye of God" - a symbol that resembles an eye inside a triangle - appears in churches around the world, on Masonic buildings and even on the US $1 bill. In addition to Freemasonry, it is also associated with the Illuminati as a symbol of the control and surveillance the group has over the world.
Did the Illuminati manage to dominate the world?
Some people believe that the Illuminati still control the world today, suggesting that they are so secretive that few people are aware of it. While many members of the Illuminati infiltrated the Freemasons and vice versa, it is difficult to judge the success of the Illuminati. But most historians believe that the original group had only a moderate influence.
Were there any famous Illuminati members?
By 1782, the Illuminati had grown to around 600 members, and these consisted mainly of prominent German nobles such as Baron Adolf von Knige who, as a former Freemason, helped shape the organization and expansion of the group. He was later joined by doctors, lawyers and intellectuals. Some claim that the famous writer Johan Wolfgang Goethe was part of the society, but there are still discussions on this claim.
Why did the Illuminati disappear?
In 1784, the Duke of Bavaria, Karl Theodor, prohibited the creation of any type of society not previously authorized by law. The following year he passed a second decree, banning the Illuminati. During the arrest of suspected members of the Illuminati, compromising documents (ideas advocating atheism and suicide), as well as instructions for performing abortions, were found. That discovery cemented the belief that the group posed a threat to the state and the Church. At that time it seemed as if the Illuminati disappeared, but some people believe that it continues to exist in secret.
What happened to Adam Veishop?
He was dismissed from the position he held at the University of Ingolstadt. After being exiled from Bavaria, he spent the rest of his life in Gota, Thuringia, where he died in 1830.
Why has the myth of the Illuminati endured for so long?
From the moment of their distribution, conspiracy theories began to circulate around this group. In 1797, French publicist and Jesuit priest Augustin Barruel claimed that secret societies such as the Illuminati had led the French Revolution.
The first US president, George Washington, stated in a letter 1 year later that the Illuminati threat did not exist. Later there were claims that the third president of the USA, Thomas Jefferson, was part of this group, although this remains disputed.
Why do people believe the Illuminati still exists today?
In 1963, a text entitled 'Principia Discordia' was published, promoting an alternative belief system known as 'Discordianism'. Calling for anarchism and civil disobedience, among the followers of this movement was the writer Robert Wilson.
Some followers of Discordianism sent false letters to magazines and newspapers, claiming that events such as the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy were all the work of the Illuminati. The Illuminati has also been associated with Satanism and other ideals far removed from those promoted by the original Bavarian group in the 18th century.
What is the New World Order, and how does it relate to the Illuminati?
Those who believe in the theory of a New World Order think that an elite group of people are trying to rule the globe. Presidents of the USA, and some famous musicians, such as Beyonce and Jay-Z, have been named as members of this group. But they have rejected these claims.