The Illuminati (which means [the] “enlightened ones”) is (or was) a secret society. Adam Weishaupt, a philosopher and lawyer, created it in 1776. In 1785 it was outlawed in Bavaria. Originally, they opposed superstition, prejudice, religious influence over public life, and abuses of state power. They supported women’s education and gender equality.
Later, other groups formed using the same name. There is no evidence that these present-day groups have any significant power or influence. They promote themselves using the Bavarian Illuminati to attract membership.
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- McKeown, Trevor W. 2009. A Bavarian Illuminati Primer. Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon A.F. & A.M. 
- "The Illuminati Order Homepage". Illuminati-order.com. http://illuminati-order.com. Retrieved 2011-08-06.
- "Official website of The Illuminati Order". Illuminati-order.org. http://www.illuminati-order.org/index2.html. Retrieved 2011-08-06.
- Osman Kafi. “Illuminati, a history”.