The Bilderberg Group, The Freemasons, The Mickey Mouse Club – when it comes to bizarre and perverse practices, these are the secret societies most people think of almost immediately.
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Ordo Templi Orientis or Order of the Temple of the East is a secret religious society which began in a similar fashion to the Freemasons.When you think of the word Hashshashin what kind of image does it conjure up? Formed in 270 BC by Indian King Ashoka of the Maurya dynasty, this secret society contained only nine men, but was believed by some to be one of the most powerful groups in the world. Have you ever experienced that weird feeling you get when you suddenly learn a new word or phrase, then you can’t stop seeing it everywhere for days, weeks or even months afterwards? This British society was basically a club for 19th Century horse whisperers, with its members required to be employed in the care of horses, to keep the secrets of handling horses, and be willing to shake hands with the devil during the group’s acceptance ritual. Remember that Indian group with only nine members? Well the Giga Society is even more exclusive, consisting of just six or seven members in total, depending on which randomly Googled source you’d like me to believe. The Skoptsy are by far the most gruesome secret society on this list, as rather than celebrating human sexuality like Aleister Crowley and his pals, this brutal Russian sect would castrate men and mastectomise women in the belief that genitals and breasts were sinful.
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