Illuminati is believed to be a secret organization comprising the most powerful people in the world aiming to establish a New World Order. New World Order is basically a conspiracy theory that says that there are some secret groups that are trying to take over the world by manipulating and controlling people. Some people even believe that every single thing that is going on in our world, from political elections to terrorist attacks, is to some extent, controlled by the members of the Illuminati.
There are conspiracies claiming various celebrities to be a part of this secret organization. Celebrities like Jay Z, Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian. Even the people in power, such as Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Mark Zuckerberg, and many more, are believed to be a part of the Illuminati. In the modern era, the existence of the Illuminati is not factual and no solid evidence has been found.
Origin of the Illuminati
The origin of the Illuminati is traced back to the year 1776. In the small town of Bavaria(part of present Germany), there was an uproar for universal human rights, idealism, and religious freedom. A professor of civil law, Johann Adam Weishaupt, strongly supported it. He began to teach the shortcomings of the religious churches to the commoners. He was spreading the message that people shouldn’t blindly follow the ideals of the churches. Moreover, they should have their own opinion and should be able to differentiate right from wrong. Soon after, a secret group formed that followed these teachings. They were called the Illuminati. The Illuminati did not oppose religion. Their ideals said that religion should be kept separate from governance. The major aspects of this society were based on another group called Freemasons.
At one point, Weishaupt himself joined the Freemasons and began recruiting members from them. He took the code name ‘Spartacus‘, inspired by the leader of the Roman Slave Revolt. The Illuminati increased rapidly in terms of manpower. The early members took the position as the ruling council. They were called the ‘Aeropagus‘, derived from the Ares Hill in Athens. Few of the members, who were former Freemasons, worked as influential recruiters for the Illuminati. Over time, many scholars, politicians, and other higher-ups also became a part of the Illuminati, with a total of about 600 members.
As these groups gained popularity, their existence became an open secret. The Catholic churches, who had a great influence on public affairs, viewed this as a competition. In the year 1784, the duke of Bavaria, Charles Theodore, banned the existence of all the secret groups as he believed it to be a threat to their religious faith. Nine years later, the group dissolved. Its members were separated and Johann Adam Weishaupt was sent on an exile.
The Illuminati Today
Even though the Illuminati was disestablished, many people believe that a few of its members got re-united and began to reconstruct the organization in secret. They recruited, and are still recruiting people with authority and with high influence on the public.
On the other hand, looking at the facts, the birth of the modern Illuminati took place in the 1960s when the text Principia Discordia was published. The text mainly focused on the fact that chaos is as important as peace. Robert Anton Wilson, an editor of the playboy magazine, and Kerry Wendell Thornley, one of the authors of Principia Discordia, thought that the world was becoming too restricted and serious. They decided to bring chaos to the world by spreading misinformation. They began to spread rumors about Illuminati by publishing in magazines and sending fake letters. The rumor spread worldwide. Later, Wilson and Kerry published the book ‘The Illuminatus! Trilogy’. This book gained a lot of popularity. Various stage plays were made and games were launched based on it. The concept of the Illuminati became so viral that many people began to believe in its existence and many still do.
The Illuminati is believed to be a secret organization whose aim is to control the world by manipulating people. Many celebrities and politicians are suspected to be a part of this secret organization.
The Illuminati was started in the year 1776 by a law professor, Johann Adam Weishaupt. His purpose was to spread knowledge about human rights and idealism. However, at that time, religious churches had a great influence on public affairs. They saw the Illuminati as a threat to their position and beliefs. In the year 1784, Duke Charles Theodore banned the existence of any secret organizations. The Illuminati was de-established and John Weishaupt was sent on an exile.
One of the theories says that the members of the Illuminati got re-united and are re-constructing their organization in secret.
Another, more reasonable theory, says that the modern Illuminati rumor spread when the text Principia Discordia was published. The book focuses on the fact that chaos is as important as peace. Robert Anton Wilson, an editor of the playboy magazine, and Kerry Wendell Thornley, one of the authors of Principia Discordia decided to bring chaos by spreading misinformation and rumors about the Illuminati. Later, Wilson and Kerry published the book ‘The Illuminatus! Trilogy’. As the book gained popularity, so did the existence of the Illuminati theory.