Secret societies are the source of intrigue and mystery, and are often blamed for troublesome events and conspiracies. When one thinks of secret societies, the usual imagery consists of hooded robes, basically Satanic or unintelligible symbols and odd rituals with sacrifices and offerings. Alternatively, some might visualize some old, rich white men meeting in secluded mansions and businesses. Movies like The Da Vinci Code, National Treasure and Angels and Demons probably reinforce these images.
These groups seem to be a strange mix of ritual, money and deception. The stuff of conspiracy books and documentaries, which seem to be everywhere on the internet and TV. Are there really clusters of either wealthy or plain, strange people making plans and pulling strings behind world-changing events? Do they want world destruction, complete economic control or maybe just a secure place to practice their beliefs? It’s rather hard to prove, as they are secret after all. Whether it be ancient codes, handshakes or even symbols and jewelry, there are many ways a society can try and maintain its secrecy and the identity of its members. Some of these societies claim to have a much older background, and the older they are, the more secret history there is to know.
But how truly secret are these secret societies?
15 Opus Dei
14 Priory of Sion
13 Thuggee of India
12 United Ancient Order of Druids
11 Improved Order of Red Men
10 Ordo Templi Orientis
8 Hashashin or Assassins
7 Council of Nine
6 Dragon Court
5 1001 Club
4 Thule Society
3 Skull and Bones
2 The Bilderberg Group
1 Knights of the Golden Circle
If this society was so active and successful today, we’d still have slaves. The Knights of the Golden Circle was a secret society stemming from 19th century Northern America with the aim of establishing slave states across the American continent and beyond. Ideally, the Knights wanted areas such as Cuba, South America and much of the Carribbean, with mainly coloured and/or black populations, to be exclusively slave states. It is rumoured that the secret society shrunk immensely and began to operate underground after the Civil War.
Sources: bibliotecapleyades.net, ign.com
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