Did you know that the Illuminati were real? No, not the conspiracy-theory-string-pulling-one-world-order-tin-foil-hat type of Illuminati. There was an actual, historical group called the Bavarian Illuminati that was founded in Germany in the 18th century. It didn’t last long, but it lasted long enough to be the source of numerous conspiracy theories, even to this day. So let’s take a trip back through time because these are 25 Secret Facts About The Real Illuminati, Revealed!
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The name "Illuminati" simply means "enlightened" in Latin. With such a bold meaning and the fact it's in a highly revered language, you can see how it appeals to several different groups, both real and fictitious.
In historical terms, the name usually refers to the Bavarian Illuminati. Founded on May 1, 1776, they were an Enlightenment-era secret society.
The goals of the Bavarian Illuminati were actually quite noble. They wanted to oppose superstition and state abuses of power.
They were founded by Adam Weishaupt, a professor at the University of Ingolstadt. The Jesuit-run university opposed anything overly liberal or Protestant, so Weishaupt decided to start an underground society of individuals dedicated to propagating the ideals of the Enlightenment.
Adam founded his society based on the masonic structure. Why didn't he just become a Free Mason instead of starting his own society? He thought that Freemasonry was too expensive.
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