Who were the Illuminati? And what happened to them?

The Illuminati is a secret society that has captured the imagination of people around the world for centuries. Its history is shrouded in mystery and conspiracy theories, and its true origins are still a matter of debate among scholars and historians.


The Illuminati is believed to have originated in Bavaria, Germany in the 18th century. It was founded by a man named Adam Weishaupt, who was a professor of law and philosophy at the University of Ingolstadt. Weishaupt was a free thinker and a critic of the Catholic Church, which he saw as a corrupt and oppressive institution.


The Illuminati was created as a secret society that aimed to promote reason and rational thinking, and to challenge the power of the Catholic Church and other established institutions. Its members included intellectuals, academics, and other influential figures who shared Weishaupt's vision for a more enlightened and progressive society.

The Illuminati had a strict hierarchical structure, with Weishaupt at the top as the "supreme illuminated". Members were divided into different levels or "grades", each with its own set of responsibilities and privileges. The higher levels of the Illuminati were said to be privy to secret knowledge and occult rituals that were not revealed to lower-level members.

The Illuminati was initially successful in recruiting members and spreading its message, but it soon became the target of criticism and persecution. Its critics accused it of promoting atheism, subversion, and revolutionary ideas, and of seeking to overthrow the existing order.

In 1784, the Bavarian government issued a decree banning secret societies, including the Illuminati. Weishaupt fled the country and the Illuminati was disbanded, but its legacy lived on in the form of whispers, rumours and an unshakeable legend.

In the years that followed, the Illuminati became the subject of numerous conspiracy theories, with some claiming that it still existed and wielded immense power behind the scenes. These conspiracy theories often tied the Illuminati to other secret societies, such as the Freemasons, and alleged that they were working together to control world events and manipulate the masses. Despite the lack of evidence, the Illuminati remains a subject of fascination and speculation. Conspiracy theories are still popular today, and often follow figures in power.



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Written by Chris Lawn
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