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The Illuminati Myth

Adam Weishaupt once founded the legendary Illuminati Order in Ingolstadt. Adventure city tours through the Bavarian city explain its historical origins. Since Dan Brown's conspiracy novel "Illuminati" the demand for the supply has risen sharply.

June 16, 2009, 5:26 am

Ingolstadt (dpa) - 23 after. Typical Illuminati, one might think. According to numerous conspiracy theorists, 23 was the magic number of the mythical secret society.

And the dress rehearsal of the new Ingolstadt city tour "Jesuits, Illuminati and the sow of Ingolstadt" begins 23 minutes after 5 pm. Right at the beginning, an ominous-looking historian promises evidence of “the definitive existence of the Order of the Illuminati”, the infiltration of the US government and, above all, the full list of members.

Boom in demand through Dan Brown novel

But fate or conspiracy does not come to that. The parchment envelope with the list of names catches fire. Instead, out of nowhere, a historically-looking nobleman appears with white gloves, a frock coat and a walking stick. "Allow Aristotle" to be his secret name, "but please forget about it again." The only important thing is that he is the “only legitimate representative of the Illuminati Order in Ingolstadt” and that he is now showing non-initiated people the true birthplace of his secret society for the first time.

It was about time: Since Dan Brown's filmed conspiracy novel “Illuminati” has been in the cinemas, the phones have been running hot in the city of Ingolstadt's cultural office: “At the height there were 25 calls a day,” says the city's press spokesman, Gerd Treff. They all wanted to know more about the Illuminati, their myths and the alleged world conspiracy.

Frankenstein in Ingolstadt

"You should forget all of this as quickly as possible," the Illuminatian city guide declines, however, "because these legends only obscure the view of the truth, of the real historical truth." In real life, the supposed secret ally is called Michael Klarner and has been offering adventure city tours through Ingolstadt in the footsteps of the fictional character Frankenstein for 14 years.

He also came across the Illuminati through the horror doctor: "Mary Shelley only had her novel Frankenstein set in Ingolstadt because she had read a book about the Illuminati." In fact, the canon lawyer Adam Weishaupt translated the Illuminati in Ingolstadt in 1776: "founded the enlightened".

The truth about the Illuminati

However, before the participants of the new city tour embark on the traces of the myth-shrouded order, they have to promise their mysterious city guide "with their honor and their good name" absolute silence about everything they have heard. Only then does the Ingolstadt Illuminat report on secret meetings, enlightenment ideas and show the few traces of the secret society in Ingolstadt that can still be seen today. He spans an arc from Counter-Reformation and Enlightenment, through the work of the Jesuits at the Ingolstadt University to the Illuminati.

However, Klarner does not want to offer a conspiracy tour. "We are trying to get away from all the myths and legends that entwine around the Illuminati today, towards the historical origins," emphasizes the 35-year-old. That's why he rummaged through archives for months. A viewer has the honor of being accepted into the secret society with the faithful oath. And in a historical guise, Klarner discusses the role of the order's founder Adam Weishaupt with what is probably the most famous Illuminati, Baron Adolph von Knigge. In 1780 he brought the secret language and his own, namely Old Persian, calendar into the Order of the Illuminati, but not a politeness book, which is what the busy enlightenment thinks about. "That didn't come from me, I'm not a behavior teacher."

The critical viewers are enthusiastic: “This is at the highest level,” says Werner Karl. On the contrary, the fact that Dan Brown only appears marginally does not bother him. Ultimately, the Bavarian Illuminati only officially existed for nine years. The Enlightenment Order was banned by Elector Karl Theodor as early as 1785.

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