A search for the word “Illuminati” throws up 43,800,000 results on Google. So clearly, if the Illuminati are supposed to be a secret society, they haven’t done a great job of maintaining their secrecy! Everybody knows about the Illuminati, it has been the subject of several movies and bestsellers, the most prominent of them being The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. A lot of the talk about the Illuminati is based on conspiracy theories, pseudo-history and several neatly contorted hoaxes. So, even as we discuss Illuminati History in this article, it must be said that not all of what we tell you can be verified, and much of it is based on either hearsay or popular knowledge of this secret society.
The Illuminati was said to have been formed in Bavaria in the late 18th century. There are those who claim it was founded on May 1, 1776, to be exact. Illuminati means “the enlightened” and its members supposedly considered themselves so. They were anti-monarchists and believed in a republican political philosophy, and were prepared to use any trick or strategy, including secrecy, subterfuge deliberate misdirection, to achieve their goals.
The founder of the Illuminati was supposedly a German academic from the University of Ingolstadt, Adam Weishaupt. He was keen on taking forward an anti-religious rationalist philosophy, and other ideas related to the Enlightenment.
Weishaupt was deeply secular and anti-monarchist and the secret society which he created was built around this philosophy as well. The Illuminati had Freethinkers as its members, who were influenced by the Freemasons, and just as secretive.
It is believed that the members of the Illuminati use to take a vow of absolute secrecy and obedience to higher ranking members upon joining. Among the Illuminati members were the most prominent intellectuals and progressive politicians and administrators of those times.
There were many secret societies, other than the Illuminati that were formed in the period when Bavaria was ruled by Karl Theodor. Many disappeared soon, after having been banned by the Bavarian government. Many members of secret societies were identified, found and incarcerated. Most folded up, but the Illuminati, apparently, survived, and thrived.
There are others who claim that Adam Weishaupt did not create the Illuminati, but only revived it. They say that the true origins of the Illuminati went back 4000 years ago, to Mesopotamia. The Illuminati is said to have been created by the Babylonian ruler Hammurabi, who apparently had a “God Complex” and liked playing God to his subjects. This led to a book with controlling laws and “folk wisdom” known as the Hammurabi Code. The symbol of the Illuminati, the All Seeing Eye, is said to have been taken from Hammurabi’s tomb.
There are many who believe that the Illuminati still exists and has some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the world today as its members. It is said that the Illuminati members are behind most of the major political and economic decisions in the world, cleverly influencing governments to do their bidding, while staying in the background always.
The Illuminati are said to be master puppeteers, who hold the strings to all the power in the world. The Illuminati goal is to control world governments, stop the most prominent nations in the world from getting too powerful and to ensure that the incredibly profitable multinational corporations controlled by them remain at the top, always, offering a permanent access to great wealth and riches.
Apparently, it is their goal to build a New World Order, a world ruled by the Elites of the society. As per conspiracy theorists, most of the important historical events of the past, such as the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the defeat of Napoleon, the advent of Communism, the World War 1 and World War 2, the assassination of John F Kennedy, were masterminded by the Illuminati.
Conspiracy theorists claim that the War on Terror and the Clash of Civilizations between the West and Islamic powers has been planned by the Illuminati as well, to destroy the global economic system and get more control and power in the bargain. The ultimate goal is to weaken the United States and its allies, form a One World Government, which will be ruled by the Illuminati Elite.
Of course, much of such talk is nothing more than conspiracy theory at its entertaining best and cannot be given too much credence.