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Depending on the account, a part of history, or a combination of secret societies and organized crime still active to today.

The Illuminati (the enlightened) is a name that was first given to a group in Bavaria. Today the term is usually used to describe groups which are trying to take over the government of most countries world wide.

Bavarian Illuminati

Historically, the name usually refers to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on 1 May 1776 in Bavaria (today part of Germany) by Adam Weishaupt. His activity was at the beginning centered around the University of Ingolstadt where he was professor of canon law.

Weishaupt wanted to replace Christianity with a religion of reason, and the members of his society called themselves “Perfectibilists.” The society was carefully structured and divided into three main classes. Weishaupt’s recruitment efforts spread across the cities of Bavaria, and he also made connections with a number of Masonic lodges, where his group often managed to gain a prominent position. The movement over time acquired a rigorously complex constitution and internal communication system, conducted in a cipher. At its zenith, the Bavarian illuminati operated in a very large area, extending from Italy to Denmark and from Warsaw to Paris. The movement was ultimately banned, and Weishaupt was stripped of his professorship at Ingolstadt. No evidence of the Bavarian order appears in the historical record after 1785.[1]