Illuminata" redirects here. For the 1998 John Turturro film, see Illuminata (film).
For other uses, see Illuminati (disambiguation).
Illuminati (plural of Latin illuminatus, "enlightened") is a name that refers to several groups, both historical and modern, and both real and fictitious. Historically, it refers specifically to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on May 1st, 1776. In modern times it is also used to refer to a purported conspiratorial organization which acts as a shadowy "power behind the throne," allegedly controlling world affairs through present day governments and corporations, usually as a modern incarnation or continuation of the Bavarian Illuminati. In this context, Illuminati is often used in reference to a New World Order (NWO). Many conspiracy theorists believe the Illuminati are the masterminds behind events that will lead to the establishment of such a New World Order. Confusing the issue further is the fact that there are also several modern fraternal groups which include the word "Illuminati" in their names.
ok so i have been hearing about this alot, in films, in news, in general conversation with my very rich and very powerful friends *ahem* and well its got me thinking about what the hell this is?? one person said its like a 'masons' group a gathering of all the powerful and famous get together and decide on things to do with OUR lives, another person told me that whenever the world seems to be going down hill 'they' create a story of somesort to kind of distract us from whats really going on so for instance at this moment in time we are heading if not already into a recession, but all of a sudden up pops swine flu?? now you may all say oh yeah thats real and im talking bol...rubbish but it has happened quite a lot, think about it everytime the world goes to pot up pops bird flu, foot and mouth, michael barrymore kills??!! ( i dont believe it for one second!! lol) and we all forget why we where arguing with the head polotician of the time......look it up tis true even if the illuminati isnt.........