A closer look at his upbringing, however, reveals that Weishaupt always had a restless mind.
The Kreuztor Gate stands in Ingolstadt, the Bavarian city whose religious and political conservatism Weishaupt sought to challenge. The Illuminati is also a favourite subject of the widely publicised pro-Donald Trump QAnon conspiracy theory.
Before there were thorough YouTube videos, lengthy Reddit threads, and hilarious memes dedicated to discovering proof and exposing the Illuminati to the masses, there were simply members. The Illuminati was stamped out by a government crackdown on secret societies in the late 1780s, but rumours that it continued to survive as an underground organisation have persisted into the modern day.
Coleman claimed the Beatles' overwhelming transatlantic success was engineered by the Tavistock Institute for Human Relations, a London-based social research group - or, as theorists would have it, a nefarious organisation dedicated to eroding the bedrock of US society. The symbols most associated with the Illuminati include triangles, pentagrams, goats, the all-seeing eye — such as the one that appears on US bank notes - and the number 666. Katy Perry told Rolling Stone that the theory was the preserve of "weird people on the internet" but admitted she was flattered to be named among the supposed members: Next Slide.
He did this by sending fake letters to the men's magazine Playboy, where he worked, attributing cover-ups and conspiracy theories, such as the JFK assassination, to a secret elite organisation called the Illuminati.
In 2009, the singer appeared on TV to warn of powerful mystery figures controlling the world through "chemtrails" — chemicals pumped into the air via jet planes to manipulate human behaviour.
Sign up for our daily newsletter Newsletter. This has led to claims some of the American Founding Fathers were members, with Thomas Jefferson baselessly accused in the aftermath of the War of Independence. The book extolled an alternative belief system — Discordianism — which preached a form of anarchism and gave birth to the Discordian movement which ultimately wished to cause civil disobedience through practical jokes and hoaxes.
You are here: According a local police report , the victim was contacted about joining the secret organisation, but was told he had to pay an upfront membership fee. Chris Hodapp, the co-author of Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies for Dummies, says a defining feature of early Illuminati members is that they did not trust anyone over 30, because they were too set in their ways.
Who are these mysterious members? He also suggested that the Illuminati were conspiring against Bavaria on behalf of Austria.
The Illuminati initially thought that this general prohibition would not directly affect them. Weishaupt was Spartacus, for example, and Knigge was Philo.
The Bavarian state considered the Illuminati dismantled. Another, more prosaic explanation, is that the black eye is a result of cosmetic surgery favoured by A-list celebrities. Another commonly cited Illuminati symbol, which appears on US currency, is the so-called Eye of Providence, which is said to represent the omniscience of God watching over humanity.