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Metaphysics - Bavarian Illuminati

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  • Christian Gottlob Neefe (1748 - 1798)
    Christian Gottlob Neefe (5 February 1748 – 28 January 1798) was a German opera composer and conductor. He is known as one of the first teachers of Ludwig Van Beethoven.
  • August Von Hatzfeld (1743 - 1794)
  • Gottfried Freiherr van Swieten (1733 - 1803)
    Gottfried Freiherr van Swieten (29 October 1733 – 29 March 1803) was a Dutch-born Austrian diplomat, librarian, and government official who served the Holy Roman Empire during the 18th century. He wa...
  • Adolph Freiherr Knigge (1752 - 1796)
    Freiherr Adolph Franz Friedrich Ludwig Knigge (16 October 1752 – 6 May 1796) was a German writer, Freemason, and a leading member of the Order of the Illuminati.Knigge was born in Bredenbeck (now a par...
  • Georg Maximilian Johann Von Dillis (1759 - 1841)
    Johann Georg von Dillis (26 December 1759 – 28 September 1841) was a German painter.

The Illuminati (plural of Latin illuminatus, "enlightened") is a name given to several groups, both real and fictitious. Historically, the name refers to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on May 1, 1776 to oppose superstition, prejudice, religious influence over public life, abuses of state power, and to support women's education and gender equality. The Illuminati—along with other secret societies—were outlawed by the Bavarian ruler, Charles Theodore, with the encouragement of the Roman Catholic Church, and permanently disbanded in 1785. In the several years following, the group was vilified by conservative and religious critics who claimed they had regrouped and were responsible for the French Revolution.

In subsequent use, "Illuminati" refers to various organizations claiming or purported to have unsubstantiated links to the original Bavarian Illuminati or similar secret societies, and often alleged to conspire to control world affairs by masterminding events and planting agents in government and corporations to establish a New World Order and gain further political power and influence. Central to some of the most widely known and elaborate conspiracy theories, the Illuminati have been depicted as lurking in the shadows and pulling the strings and levers of power in dozens of novels, movies, television shows, comics, video games and music videos.