10 Most Mysterious Secret Societies

The world is full of secret, underground societies,
that operate in the shadows and meet behind closed doors, in windowless rooms. Some believe
these societies are secretly running the world. Let’s find out more about the organisations
that don’t want to be found out. 1. The Skull and Bones order is senior secret
society at Yale University in Connecticut, it’s members are called Bonesmen. It was founded
in 1832 and is still running today. Membership is restricted to only a few highly elite individuals.
Members meet every Thursday and Sunday of each week in a building called The Tomb. Both
of the Bush presidents were members of the Skull and Bones society whilst studying at
Yale. And the majority of its other members have gone on to achieve great fame and fortune.
Numerous conspiracy theories surround the group. Some believe they are the American
branch of the infamous illuminati. But the most popular theory is that the CIA was formed
by members from the Skull and Bones society and that they still control the CIA to this
day. 2. Next up is the Bilderberg Group, the name
for a secretive annual conference of approximately 150 highly influential individuals, membership
is strictly by invitation only. Consisting of mostly prime ministers and presidents from
the most powerful countries in Europe and North America, these make up two thirds of
the club’s membership. The other third of the members are said to be major international
bankers and media moguls. The club meets every year at secretive locations around Europe
and America, what the group discusses is kept top secret, but is believed that they discuss
how countries and major organisations can better work together to improve their economics
and defence systems. In other words they discuss how to run the world more economically and
efficiently. Because of the secrecy of the group and the high profiles of its members,
the Bilderberg Group is surrounded by controversy and conspiracy theories. 3. The Freemasonry organisation is a deeply
historic fraternity that can trace its roots back to stonemasons in the early 17th century.
Freemasons meet regularly and are generally focused on improving the lives of their members
and community, they also give heavily to charity, despite this they are highly secretive. Being
such a historic organisation, Freemasons perform various rituals during their meetings and
use secret signs and handshakes to recognise fellow Masons. Conspiracy theorists often
link Freemasons to groups such as the Illuminati, believing that they are a contributing force
to the new world order. 4. Next up is The Knight’s Templar. The Knight’s
Templar were a military order setup by the Roman Catholic Church around 1129. The group
had a highly secretive initiation ceremony. Commonly adorned in distinctive white mantles
with a red cross. They were the wealthiest and most skilled fighters of all the Christian
Crusades. There were also non combatant members of the Knight’s Templar who were in charge
of managing the large economic infrastructure throughout Christendom. The organisation created
financial techniques that were the earliest forms of banking. They also built many military
fortifications across Europe and the Holy Land. One of the most famous legends is that
the illustrious Holy Grail and possibly the Ark of the Covenant were discovered by the
Knight’s Templar at Temple Mount. 5. The Hashshashin were a mysterious group
of Muslim assassins that operated in the Middle East during the 13th century. The group was
made up of Shia Muslims who banded together in order to create a new utopian state. The
group heavily used guerrilla tactics in battles against their enemies, such as espionage,
sabotage and political assassination. They worked by placing highly trained moles inside
enemy strongholds, and instructed to only attack when the time was right. It is reported
that enemy leaders would awake in the morning to find a Hashshashin dagger lying on their
pillow, along with a note saying “you are in our grip.” The group became legendary contract
killers. Even performing jobs for high profile individuals such as King Richard the Lionheart.
It is believed that the word “Hashshashin” is where the modern word “assassin” comes
from. 6. Founded in 1957, the Cadaver Society is
a secret society based at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. The group
is extremely secretive and it’s membership and organisational structure are unknown.
The society must be very wealthy because it has made numerous, substantial donations to
the University itself over the years. It is rumoured that the Cadaver Society has a network
of underground passageways spanning throughout the university campus. It is believed the
society uses these tunnels to travel around the campus undetected. There are peculiar
small locked doors all across campus that seem to support this theory, such as this
one in the Leyburn Library. Some believe the Cadaver Society to be a branch of the Illuminati. 7. Next up is the Hermetic Order of the Golden
Dawn, not the catchiest name for a secret society. They were devoted to the study and
practice of the occult, metaphysics and paranormal activity, and everything considered magical,
during the 19th and 20th centuries. The order has been one of the single biggest influences
on 20th century Western occultism, such as Wicca. 8. Another infamous occultist organisation
is the Ordo Templi Orientis. It is an international fraternal and religious society, founded at
the begging of the 20th century. It is dedicated to the Law of Thelema, which was developed
by the well known British writer and occultist Aleister Crowley, who went by the nickname
of “Great Beast”. The organisation uses highly stylised rituals for initiation. During their
meetings many Ancient Egyptian Gods are invoked, as well as the Devil. They are known for sometimes
performing their rituals completely naked. The Ordo Templi Orientis claims to have over
3,000 members worldwide. 9. Rosicrucianism is a philosophical secret
society founded in late medieval Germany around the 16th century. Rosicrucians opposed Roman
Catholicism, rejecting the idea of Dogma and instead relying on evidence and experience
to form conclusions. It is believed that the Rosicrucians were one of the biggest influences
on the creation of Freemasonry. It is also rumoured that Isaac Newton was a member. 10. And finally, is of course, the Illuminati.
Originally known as the Bavarian Illuminati, they are a secretive group formed during the
age of enlightenment, on May 1st, 1776. The Illuminati’s original goals were to oppose
and put an end to superstition and religious influence over public life. They encouraged
people to think for themselves instead of doing what the state and their religion tells
them to do. The Illuminati is made up of mostly atheists. Naturally the Roman Catholic Church
didn’t take too kindly to the formation of the group. So in 1784 the illuminati, along
with freemasonry were outlawed by the Bavarian leader Charles Theodore, with the encouragement
of the Roman Catholic Church. However this didn’t perturb the Illuminati,
they continued their meetings and pushing their ideologies, but now all done in top
secret. It is thought that, operating in the shadows, and from behind closed doors, the
Illuminati were responsible for the French Revolution. It is thought by scholars that the Illuminati
collapsed entirely in the late 1700s. But some believe they are still very active to
this day. And is secretly operating and managing the major governments of the world and they
seek to create a One World Government based on humanist and atheist principles.

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