The Order of the Illuminati was founded in Bavaria in 1776 by the philosopher Adam Weishaupt, with the goal of rendering the rule of men over men superfluous through enlightenment and moral improvement. One prominent member was Adolph Freiherr von Knigge, whose name still symbolizes politeness and good manners today. Despite being banned as early as 1785 due to its subversive ideas, numerous myths surround its alleged continued existence and secret activities, including the fight against the Catholic Church and the quest for world domination.

In recent years, the Illuminati regained notorious fame, especially since Dan Brown‘s bestselling novel Angels & Demons (2000). However, wild speculations about their alleged control over the music industry or an invisible world government lack any credibility.