12 Secret Societies You Had No Idea Existed

12) The Nine Nanas

Definitely the coolest revelation of the last decade was the ‘coming out in the open’ of the West Tennessee based secret society of nine extraordinary women, a society named ‘The Nine Nanas’. The 9 ladies in question nailed the art of keeping secrets when they started doing little good deeds in the neighborhood, like baking and distributing anonymous pound cakes and paying off small utility bills, etc. for the poor and needy in and around their locality.
12) The Nine Nanas

11) The Bilderberg Group

This is probably the secret society with the most sinister conspiracy theories attached to it (because of its powerful membership list) especially when it comes to world politics and economic growth. Daniel Estulin, who had been studying the secret workings of the Bilderberg group for over 14 years, published a book outlining his findings in 2005, thus making the general public aware of the formerly strictly secret organization.
11) The Bilderberg Group

10) The Bald Knobbers

Missouri’s Bald Knobbers was a secret society formed with the “good intentions” of acting as a vigilante organization in times of utmost social breakdown, but good intentions seldom pay off when the method to madness lies in violence, blood and gore. After the Civil War ended, society spiraled into anarchy, where gruesome murders, lawlessness, immensely high taxes and an economic breakdown that made life unlivable. It was then that Nathaniel N. Kinney, together with 12 of the Missouri county’s leaders, formed the secret society named The Bald Knobbers.
10) The Bald Knobbers

9) Society Of The Horseman’s Word

One of Scotland’s most definitive secret societies, ‘The Society of The Horseman’s Word’ was initially thought to be a society of blacksmiths and ploughmen, who used magic spells to gain power of control over their horses. Many books and subsequent research however, suggested that the society was actually formed of skilled horsemen who passed on their trade secrets, herbal knowledge and horse training know-how from man to man, within the society. The society was strictly ‘men only’ and involved an initiation ritual wherein ancient chants containing a magical phrase that bonded man and horse were recanted by the new member.
9) Society Of The Horseman’s Word

8) Cicada 3301

Nobody actually knows what the Cicada 3301 actually is, except for the fact that it seems to be a secret society of geniuses! For the last few years, the Cicada 3301 has been releasing recruitment advertisements across the net in a manner that is far from regular. In order to gain access into the organization (or even to find out what it is for that matter), smart people across the world are asked to crack a number of complex puzzles and codes, not just hidden in messages across the Internet, but also visible physically at locations over the world!
8) Cicada 3301

7) Skull & Bones – Yale University

For those who think that Secret Societies don’t really matter, they’d only have to look at Yale University’s selective and secretive society called “Skull and Bones”, to change their opinion. Considering that this most elite of elite societies requires your SAT score or straight A’s to make you even eligible for admission and that even with those you might not make the cut of just 15 intakes per year, is not the only astounding thing. What’s really astounding is that many of its former members have gone on to live in the White House or head financial and economic institutions later on in life.
7) Skull & Bones – Yale University

6) NoZe – Baylor University

Baylor University’s NoZe brotherhood was formed from the joke that a freshman’s nose was so big that one could form a society around it! Ex students of the University claim that almost 90 percent of the campus’ liberals were inducted into this society that was meant to be a refuge for students with unorthodox, atypical opinions. The NoZe sole aim for existence was to torment the University’s administration with constant pranks and blasphemous satire in its newspaper, The Rope.
6) NoZe – Baylor University

5) Seven Society

University of Virginia’s Seven Society, now most famous for its charitable ventures, was the most secretive of secret societies. It is unsure of how the society was initially started but it is a known fact that it went public in 1905, with a white painting of the number 7 on the University’s grounds. The society has since been well known for its behind-the scenes good Samaritan deeds and financial aids to University alumni.
5) Seven Society

4) The Arioi

Tahiti’s secret society Arioi, was a secret society that selected only the most beautiful and most accomplished of members. Members of the society valued the core beliefs of sexual freedom, religion (worship of the God Oro), arts and pantomime. Initiations into the society entailed a vow of childlessness since childbirth was banned in its folds. This vow resulted in the practice of infanticide, where children were either aborted or killed at birth.
4) The Arioi

3) The Calves Head Club

One of the most gruesome sounding rituals belonged to the English secret society named ‘the Calves Head Club’ surfaced in the late seventeenth century. Members of this society met in secret at night and celebrated the executing of King Charles I, by symbolically beheading a calf. Everyone at these celebrations was presented with calf skulls to drink liquor out of, while celebrations in the form of chants and anthems continued around them. Essentially the objective of the society seemed to only be of enjoying the revelry and togetherness of like-minded people.
3) The Calves Head Club

2) Order Of The Bull’s Blood

The secret society, “Order of the Bull’s Blood” was initially started by a group of five friends in 1834, and even today many question on whether the society really existed or was just a hoax of the era of secret societies, still arise. Yet, this society holds the honor of being the oldest secret society at Rutgers University that may still be active. As an initiation ritual and as proof of allegiance, new members were asked to partake in ‘pranks’ that of course, were not the normal harmless kind. These soon caught the attention of newspapers and the coverage skyrocketed when the society allegedly stole a Princeton University cannon in 1875.
2) Order Of The Bull’s Blood

1) The L’ux

The most interesting of secret societies is the one named ‘The L’ux’, a clandestine secret society that works the underground networks of subterranean Paris. It is believed that the society consists mainly of hacker artists who perform in the underbelly of Paris. In August 2004, local police made the discovery of an illegally built cinema 60 feet under the streets of Paris, after they followed the mouth of a tunnel with the sign ‘No public entry’. The police encountered several deterrents along the way, namely in the form of recorded canine barks (which obviously had them on the back foot) and even suspicious bomb-like objects that turned out to be mechanisms to keep the police off their property!
1) The L’ux