The Age of Enlightenment in the late 17th century set the stage for the creation of the Order of the Illuminati. In 1776, German philosopher Johann Adam Weishaupt founded the secret society, which amassed more than 2,000 members across Europe within just two years. The Bavarian government suppressed the Illuminati two years after its creation because they viewed it as a threat to the monarchy. However, people believe it still exists today. Although people may associate the group with the all-seeing eye, the original symbol of the Illuminati is the Owl of Minerva. The owl is recognized as "an emblem of penetrating sight and intelligence," and Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom.
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The purpose of the age of enlightenment was to reform society using reason and science. 00:09
The word illuminati comes from the Latin word "illuminatus," which means "enlightened." 04:57
The symbol of the illuminati is not the eye in a triangle; it is the owl of minerva. 05:40
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