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What Are The Illuminati, Ancient Scholars Or Global Conspiracy

Updated on November 20, 2012

Illuminati Ambigram Symbol

This ambigram of "illuminatum" is based on the one in Dan Brown's book, Angels and Demons.
This ambigram of "illuminatum" is based on the one in Dan Brown's book, Angels and Demons. | Source

What Are The Illuminati

This is believed to be the original emblem of the Bavarian Illuminati. The Owl Of Minerva is conspicuously placed at the top of the emblem.
This is believed to be the original emblem of the Bavarian Illuminati. The Owl Of Minerva is conspicuously placed at the top of the emblem. | Source

The Age Of Enlightenment

The Age of Enlightenment, or the Age of Reason, was a movement that started in Europe and made its way in the America's. It was based on the need for cultural and societal change that was based on reason, fact and science rather than religion, faith or tradition.

Many of the principals found in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and The Bill of Rights are based on Enlightenment Era ideals. Enlightenment Age figures include philosophers John Locke and Voltaire as well as scientists like Sir Isaac Newton and Ben Franklin.

What Are The Illuminati And Their Goals

The word group known as the Illuminati was founded in Bavaria in 1776 (coincidence?) by scholars seeking to establish enlightenment, freethinking and was loosely based on the Masonic orders. The word Illuminati is the plural form of the latin word Illuminatus which means enlightened or illuminated. The original organization started with five members but quickly grew to have chapters all across Bavaria.

  • The Order Of Illuminati was founded in 1776 by Johann Adam Weishaupt, a Bavarian scholar and philosopher. The order was based on secrecy, members were initiated through a series of rituals and reported to a hierarchy of superiors that were unknown to lower members. The order was way ahead of its time and believed to be seditious, which led to its demise in 1885.

The original organization was short lived. The ruler of Bavaria, Karl Theodor, was opposed to the movement and sought to snuff it out at any opportunity. A series of actions culminating with the 1884 Secular Edict led to the eventual disbanding of the order. This edict was the final blow to the official Illuminati in Bavaria but subsequent publications, rumors and theories suggest that the order not only have survived in secrecy but grew to international proportions and even persists to this day.

How History Remembers The Bavarian Illuminati

History remembers the Illuminati as a group of scholars, scientists and free-thinkers. Their purpose was to expand man's knowledge by questioning the church's teachings, their surrounding and the society they lived in. However, the secret nature of the original group, their connections to sedition and the whispers of their endurance through time have led to a whole host of conspiracy theories that range from overthrowing the old nobility of Europe to establishing a New World Order today.

The Illuminati In Books And Film

Dan Brown is perhaps the most notable use of the fabled Illuminati in literature and film. His book Angels And Demons is based on legends and stories inspired by the ancient scholars. Other books based on the secret society and its purported mission include Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus! trilogy and umberto Eco's Focault's Pendulum.

Angels And Demons, Dan Brown

In Dan Brown's book Angels And Demons the Illuminati was portrayed as a secret society of scholars seeking to acquire and protect knowledge from oppressive persecution from religious zealots. Centuries later the cause was taken up by a psychotic priest who uses the legend to further his own ends and his misguided goals for the Catholic Church.

Early Illuminati Conspiracy Theory

Conspiracy was always a possibiltiy with the Illuminati. This fact, though misused, was at the core of the Illuminati's downfall in Bavaria. Conspiracy theories claiming the group not only survived the persecution but was thriving internationally surfaced less than 15 years after the groups dissolution in 1885. Two authors, Robinson and Bruel, both published in during the late 1790's, made claims to that effect. The Illuminati were feared by the nobility of Europe to be subverting the population in efforts of starting a wave of mass uprisings and revolution.

Needless to say the controversial subject matter spawned decades of debate and speculation. The theory and supposed influence of the Illuminati have spread around the world and have influenced conspiracy theories to this day. There are currently several organizations around the world that claim to be the heirs or descendants of the original Bavarian Illuminati.

Illuminati: The Game

Illuminati; The Card Game. First released in 1982 this game has been a big hit ever since. For 4-6 players. Each player has a different agenda and works using underhanded and secret means to reach their goals. The game has since inspired a series of other games based on the original Illuminati themes.

Symbology Of The Illuminati

The all seeing eye, found here on the US dollar, is the supposed symbol of the Illuminati and several other secret societies.
The all seeing eye, found here on the US dollar, is the supposed symbol of the Illuminati and several other secret societies. | Source

Believed Modern Members Of The Illuminati

  • The Pope - Leader of one of the world's largest religeons
  • George Bush - Former leader of the free world
  • Barack Obama- Current leader of the free world
  • Jay-Z- Hip Hop artist, music mogul
  • Madonna- Pop music star, innovator of social change
  • Bob Dylan- Folk musician, part of the inspiration for "hippie movement"
  • BeyoncĂ©- Soul/R&B artist, captures the minds of millions of world youth

Illuminati And Modern Day Conspiracy Theory

Stories, legends and myths surrounding the Illuminati have persisted into the modern era. There is a subculture of conspiracy theorists who believe that the secret society has been active since going underground and are responsible for major world events like Waterloo, the French Revolution, the assinations of JFK and Martin Luther King Jr and other events designed to hasten the New World Order.

During the early parts of the twentieth century the Illuminati were blamed for Marxism, Communism, socialism and to have served the Jewish high society, the American high society and other secret orders like the Skull And Bones as well as international organizations like NATO and the United Nations.

The Illuminati News is a fringe website dedicated to revealing the secrets and mysteries of the world. The site is chock full of information and theories about every conspiracy believed to be in existence today.

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      5 years ago from NAIROBI

      If there is a book passing the same information, please recommend, i found the information in the article kind of 'existing' it would be nice for everyone to know and be cautious.


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