Secret societies have been present in most communities and civilizations as long as the world has existed. Many do not believe in the power or even the existence of such societies.
However, for many, these societies are real, powerful and even shape the world in most cases. Here are some of them:
Ogboni (also known as Osugbo in Ijèbú) is a fraternal institution indigenous to the Yoruba language-speaking polities of Nigeria, Republic of Bénin and Togo.
A similar group in Igbo-speaking areas is called Okonko (Oko/Eko). The society performs a range of political and religious functions, including exercising a profound influence on regents and serving as high courts of jurisprudence in capital offenses.
Its members are generally considered to be part of the nobility of the various Yoruba kingdoms of West Africa.
2. Skulls and Bones
The Skulls and Bones secret society was formed in 1832, by Frederick Ellsworth Mather, Phineas Timothy Miller, William Huntington Russell, Alphonso Taft and George Ingersoll Wood.
It was founded inside Yale University in a building called the ‘Tomb’. It is an undergraduate senior secret society at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. It is the oldest senior class landed society at Yale.
The society's alumni organization, the Russell Trust Association, owns the society's real estate and oversees the organization. The society is known informally as "Bones", and members are known as "Bonesmen"
Famous alleged members include: John Kerry, George Bush, and William Taft.
The Illuminati which in Latin means enlightened is a name given to several groups, both real and fictitious.
Historically, the name usually refers to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on May 1, 1776.
It has been alleged that Barack Obama, Jay Z, Madonna, and Beyonce are all members.
4. The Freemasons
Freemasonry began in medieval Europe as a guild for stonemasons, but lived on as a social organization.
The first grand lodge was created in London in 1717. People believe that now there are many men in these lodges that are not associated with a trade organization; they're gentleman Masons.
It was reportedly formed to teach self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies.
George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Winston Churchill, Mozart, Harry Houdini are some people believed to be members.
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5. Bohemian Grove
Bohemian Grove is a 2,700-acre campground located at 20601 Bohemian Avenue, in Monte Rio, California. It belongs to a private San Francisco-based men's art club known as the Bohemian Club.
In mid-July each year, Bohemian Grove hosts a two-week, three-weekend encampment of some of the most prominent men in the world.
It was formed in 1872 by Henry Edwards and it is believed that the attendees claim they are there for social reasons, but many believe use the meetings for more sinister reasons.
Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon are some of the people believed to be members.
6. Bilderberg Group
The Bilderberg Group, Bilderberg conference, Bilderberg meetings or Bilderberg Club is an annual private conference of 120 to 150 people of the European and North American political elite, experts from industry, finance, academia, and the media, established in 1954.
It was formed in 1954 by the Dutch royal family. Angela Merkel, Bill Clinton, Henry Kissinger, Tony Blair, David Cameron and Margaret Thatcher are some alleged members.