Zinio is an online site that allows people to subscribe and read magazines online, offline, and on all devices, such as the iPad. It’s like having a digital newsstand at your fingertips ”“ providing a wealth of information that touches upon an endless collection of topics. One such publication that the site offers is called “Secret Societies: The Truth Revealed,” which is provided by The Media Source.
The description of Secret Societies: The Truth Revealed states:
“We know they exist; these clandestine gatherings of wealthy men with mutual agendas, secret handshakes, covert ceremonies, bizarre rituals, exclusive membership and sometimes dangerous initiations. But what exactly goes on behind the closed doors of Secret Societies? Despite their best intentions to remain shrouded in mystery, there is much we do know about Secret Societies.”
The table of contents for the publication is a who’s who in secret societies. Many are well-known, such as the Freemasons and the Illuminati, while others are relatively lesser known in mainstream culture ”“ like the Bohemian Grove and the Sons of Liberty, which originated in during the pre-independence days of North American British colonies. You’ll also encounter information vital to understanding the history of secret societies in the world, such as a section on symbols, as well as the presence of secret societies in literature and film.
Secret Societies in Film is a chapter that appears in the publication, and could possibly highlight references of secret societies that appear in Hollywood. We already know that the Knights Templar played an important role in the movie ‘National Treasure’ starring Nicholas Cage, and the Illuminati figured strongly into the plot in the film ‘Angels and Demons’ with Tom Hanks. Perhaps, this chapter will shine a light on possible secret organization throughout the film world that could have an influential hand in controlling this part of the entertainment industry.
A section on the Skull & Bones Society no doubt provides the perfect entryway to discuss the secret groups found on college and university campuses. With a history of secret rituals and the inclusion of wealthy, powerful men, many people already have an idea of what it means to be a member of the Skull & Bones organization. About ten pages in the publication touch upon the existence of secret societies on the collegiate level, which includes fraternities.
Other sections throughout the publication mention various historic secret groups, such as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the Rosicrucians, Knights Templar, the Black Hand, and the Cosa Nostra ”“ the Sicilian Mafia, which has ties that date back to the mid-19th century in Sicily, Italy. You may think the criminal organization isn’t much of a secret society, but members underwent initiation ceremonies, rituals, and followed codes of conduct that were not always known to outsiders. Interestingly, the Central Intelligence Agency (better known as the CIA) also has a section devoted to it.
The publication ends with a section on ‘sinister secret societies,’ which includes information on the racist organization best known as the KKK (Ku Klux Klan).