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IlluminatiI'm sure a lot of people must have read about this in Dan Brown's Da Vinci...

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nicoledesilva | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted September 10, 2012 at 5:44 PM via web

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Illuminati

I'm sure a lot of people must have read about this in Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code.  But what is it really? Just a satanic cult within the Masons? What do they do exactly?
And what are a load of these rumors about how the music industry are influenced by Illuminati? Like about a lot of videos pointing to the sign of Illuminati and stuff?

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mwalter822 | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted September 10, 2012 at 10:22 PM (Answer #2)

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You could probably get all sorts of answers to this question. It appears that the group was originally formed in Bavaria and 1776 for good purposes. Whether or not those purposes remained good, I don't know.

As soon as things like this begin to be fictionalized, all heck breaks loose as far as accurate information is concerned.

This site looks like it is trying to give a reliable account.

http://www.webcitation.org/5w47O6KyR

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted September 13, 2012 at 2:19 PM (Answer #3)

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The Illuminati was not a satanic cult.  It was a cult but many of the known members (at least once the group made it to this country) are actually Christian.  Originally, I believe the purpose was honorable.  The members hoped to network and influence particular aspects of society for the better.  Keep in mind that many believe the Illuminati and the Freemasons still exist.  These groups are very ritualistic and secretive which often leaves them open to rumors.  Just because they keep their practices private does not mean they are evil.  Many groups of Masons (or Illuminati) have formed new groups such as the Shiners.  These groups often do great charity works such as building hospitals and support children suffering from difficult illnesses.  These groups require the belief in a higher being and often the belief in the Christian God.  They are not satanic.  Popular culture has certainly made them appear evil.  The unknown aspects of the groups lend themselves well to Hollywood hype and rumor.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shriners

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masonic_conspiracy_theories

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 18, 2012 at 11:13 PM (Answer #4)

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The focus was on power and influence, not Satan. The Shriners still exist, and do a lot of charity work. They are famous for the hospitals. I think it's fun to think about secret societies controlling the world, but the reality is much more mundane. Nonetheless, it is true that these organizations exist.

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