Mysterious secret societies, communities, groups and organizations have existed throughout the history of humanity. There have been numerous societies that were secret for some reasons. The common public has figured out some information about such secret communities. But, there are few secret societies whose work or existence remains a mystery and not much is known about them. This post is about few of the most mysterious secret societies that are associated with conspiracy theories and lots of mysteries.
Check the top 10 secret societies that are a mystery:
10. Cicada 3301
Cicada 3301 is a mysterious organization or a community that posts complex puzzles and alternate reality games to the public to recruit those who break them. The first ever puzzle was announced by the organization on January 4, 2012. They have posted puzzles every year except 2015 on the same date like January 4, 2013, January 4, 2014 and January 4, 2016. They use Twitter to post the puzzles which mainly focuses on data security, cryptography and steganography. The Washington Post lists the puzzles as one of the “top 5 eeriest, unsolved mysteries of the internet” and as “the most elaborate and mysterious puzzle of the internet age”. Many speculate that the puzzles by Cicada 3301 are a tool for the recruitment of CIA, MI6, NSA and other cyber mercenary groups. No company or individual have taken ownership of this creepy group.
9. Skull and Bones
Skull and Bones is another secret community at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. The society is informally known as “Bones” and the members as “Bonesmen”. Russell Trust Association, an alumni organization of the society owns it. There are many conspiracy theories about its existence. One such conspiracy theory suggests that it plays a role in a global conspiracy for world control. Alexandra Robbins, conspiracy theorists claim that the secret society is a branch of another secret society Illuminati. Skull and Bones was formed in the year 1932 after a dispute between Linonia, Brothers in Unity and Calliopean Society over that season’s Phi Beta Kappa awards. The society’s emblem has the number 322 which is surrounded by many lore and legends.
8. Die Spinne
Die Spinne is an alleged post-war SS organization to help the Nazi criminals escape from Germany. Today, its existence is still debatable. Few historians believe that it is a part of (branch of) the Nazi German ODESSA organization which also helped Nazis to escape from Germany. There are many allegations that Die Spinne helped as many as 600 SS men escape from Germany to Spain, Argentina, Chile and other countries. Skorzeny is the founder of this mysterious organization. According to some sources, this organization was funded either by Austrian Intelligence or by Nazi funds. The idea of the Spinne network began in 1944 as Hitler’s chief intelligence officer Reinhard Gehlen foresaw a possible downfall of the Third Reich. The downfall of the Third Reich was due to the failure of Nazi military in Russia. In 1960s and 1980s there have been reports of Nazi immigrants in countries like Paraguay and Argentina showing up.
Rosicrucians is a secret society of Germany by Christian Rosenkreuz. The philosophical secret society is from medieval Germany during the 14th century. It is one of the oldest secret societies in the world. Rosicrucianism is a cultural movement that rose during the 17th century after the mysterious publications of two Rosicrucian Manifestos. According to the mysterious doctrine, it is allegedly “built on esoteric truths of the ancient past”, which “concealed from the average man, provide insight into nature, the physical universe and the spiritual realm.” These manifestos caused excitement throughout the Europe, what was called as the Rosicrucian Enlightenment. The manifestos brought to light about the existence of a secret brotherhood of alchemists and sages who were preparing to transform the arts, sciences, religion, and political and intellectual landscape of Europe. A mysterious society linked with religious beliefs and spiritualism.
The Bavarian Illuminati is the most famous form of Illuminati that is an Enlightenment-era secret society. The society was formed on 1 May 1776. Illuminati refer to many superficial and real societies that are linked to the original Bavarian Illuminati. The Illuminati is associated with many conspiracy theories, the popular one is the New World Order. Many religious and conservative critics claim that this society was responsible for the French Revolution. If you look at the one dollar notes, you can find the Illuminati symbol on it which relates to the conspiracy theory New World Order. This has been a mystery tradition that has influenced the Western culture and the world even today.
5. The Strikers
“The Strikers”, also known as Striker’s Independent Society is a mystic society founded in 1842 in Mobile, Alabama, USA. “The Strikers” is the oldest remaining mystic society in the USA. They no longer conduct their annual parade; though they in 1996 just for fun held their first parade in 115 years. Nobody knows who exactly and why the mystic society was found. In the beginning and until the Civil War, the membership to the society was limited to bachelors. For 50 straight years from 1856 till its demolition in 1905, the society celebrated at Temperance Hall after the parade. The last greatest of the Strikers New Year’s Eve Parade was on 1880.
Hamatsa is a secret society of the Pacific Northwest Coast indigenous people known as Kwakwaka’wakw. Most of the people of this society live in British Colombia. The people from such secret societies of the region practice many rituals and ceremonies during the winter months. Another name of this secret tribal community is the “cannibal” society. Other three secret societies in the region are the war society (Winalagalis), the magical society (Matem) and the society of the afterlife (Bakwas). Hamatsa is the most prestigious society of all the societies. Hamatsa are alleged to practice the “cannibal” rituals. The exact details whether the community practice the “cannibal” rituals or cannibalism is a subject of dispute and a mystery. Because of the secret nature of the community, the answers about the “cannibal” rituals are not forthcoming.
ODESSA is an organization of former SS members that was a purported international Nazi underground organization. The organization was similar to the Die Spinne which was set up during the end of World War II to help the Nazis to escape from Germany. In a memo dated July 3, 1946, by the American Counterintelligence Corps (CIC), the word ODESSA was first used. The biggest mystery about this organization is its existence. Guy Walters, in his book Hunting Evil, was unable to find any evidence regarding the existence of ODESSA network. Today, ODESSA is famous for appearing in popular culture such as movies and fiction novels.
2. Priory of Sion
Priory of Sion is a mysterious secret fringe fraternal organisation which was formed and dissolved in France in 1956 by Pierre Plantard as part of a hoax. Plantard cleverly created a fictitious history of the organization in the 1960s, describing it as a secret society founded by Godfrey of Bouillon on Mount Zion in the Kingdom of Jerusalem in 1099. According to Plantard’s version about the society, the Priory was devoted to installing a secret bloodline of the Merovingian dynasty on the thrones of France and the rest of Europe. This myth, though was popularized by the book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and later claimed as factual in the preface of the 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code. The Priory of Sion myth has been exhaustively debunked by journalists and scholars as one of the greatest hoaxes of the 20th century.
1. Brethren of Purity
Brethren of Purity is the most mysterious secret society in the world. Brethren of Purity is a secret society of Muslim philosophers in Basra, Iraq, in the 8th or 10th century CE. The mysterious society’s structure and identities of its members have never been identified. A great deal of Muslim and Western scholarship has been spent to find the identities of the Brethren and the century in which they were active. The esoteric teachings of philosophy are expounded in the Encyclopedia of the Brethren of Purity. The authors of the book have never been identified. There are many theories to who might have written the book and its teachings. The members of the mystic society referred to themselves as “sleepers in the cave”. In one of the passage, the authors give as their reason for hiding their secrets from the people, not as fear of earthly violence, but as desire to protect their God-given gifts from the world.
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