Super Secret Societies That Pull Strings Without You Knowing


Imagine you found yourself in some large strange
house. You’re invited down to the basement where
you navigate a series of winding corridors, only to enter a room through a hidden door
that opens when a certain book is pulled out of a shelf. Once in the room you are greeted by a bunch
of men wearing antlers on their heads and looking rather serious. They then start chanting some prayer that
is 500 years old. It sounds like the stuff of fiction, but secret
societies do indeed exist and sometimes members of those societies engage in some pretty weird
rituals. Today we are going to take a look at some
of those societies. The Improved Benevolent and Protective Order
of Elks of the World Yep, so you’re now thinking that there is
no way a secret society could exist with a name like this and we are making it up. We’re not making this up. The Improved Benevolent and Protective Order
of Elks of the World according to a newspaper report from 1907 “is claimed by members
and officers that it is one of the most thriving secret societies among Afro-Americans of this
city.” According to the Smithsonian, this society
was created in the late 19th century after two African-American men were not allowed
to join another society called The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World. They just started another with the word ”improved”
in it. Apparently anyone can join and there’s nothing
too strange about this group, but you do have believe in the Christian God to get in. Right now there are something like half a
million members around the world and they have around 1500 lodges. When they meet they do share in a ritual,
and we went online to find who was speaking at a meeting and what they did. We found names such as “exalted ruler”,
“inner guard” and “Esteemed Loyal Knight.” It seems they have prayers and lengthy opening
sequences, and there are also initiations. Part of one such initiation read, “When
the obligated brothers are asked the questions as to what ‘they most desire,’ the Esquire
and assistants will whisper distinctly the PROPER WORD in the ears of the brothers, so
that they can reply correctly. The Esquire, when ordered to remove the blindfolds,
should see that it is done promptly and simultaneously at the sound of the gavel.” It gets a bit stranger, but hey, this is a
secret society and there is usually something ritualistic going on. Some of it sounded quite nice, though, with
one of the closing statements being, “Let no brother go forth with any bitterness in
his heart, and may we ever act with Fidelity to our obligations and thereby merit the approval
of the Exalted Ruler of all. Brothers will unite in singing the closing
ode.” The Knights of Pythias
The same goes for this society that was also founded in the late 19th century, it’s all
about brotherly love. It just happens to have a really cool-sounding
name, too. No doubt you’d feel quite cool if you could
say you were a knight of Pythias. We don’t think these people carry swords,
though, or have a thing for slaying dragons. The society is actually partnered with the
Boy Scouts of America, so fighting or rescuing maidens is probably off the table. This is the introduction on its official website,
“The Order of Knights of Pythias is an international, non-sectarian fraternal order, established
in 1864 in Washington, DC, by Justus H. Rathbone and was the first fraternal order to be chartered
by an Act of Congress.” The society says it has its own traditional
rituals, but in the end the whole thing is about charity, love, doing the right thing
by the brothers and society at large. It seems you might have to be a member of
the government to join, and we didn’t bother filling out the application form. We saw a bunch of photos, too, and while the
name of this society might make someone think of dark hallways and blood-stained books,
they do actually look a bit more like boy scouts. They sound like a great bunch of guys, with
part of their principles being things like this:
“Pythians know one way to happiness is through service to mankind. Pythians believe that friendship is an essential
ingredient in life. Pythians make Benevolence, Kindness, Generosity
and Tolerance a reality in their lives.” After hearing that, who wouldn’t want to
become one of these knights? International Order of St. Hubertus
This secret society sounds a little bit different in that many of its members are supposed to
be elite hunters. It goes back to 1695, and according to its
own website was put together to find “the greatest noble hunters of the 17th Century,
particularly in Bohemia, Austria and countries of the Austro Hungarian Empire, ruled by the
Habsburgs.” The Smithsonian tells us that German leader
Adolf Hitler shut the society down after another Nazi leader was denied entry into the club. Nonetheless, it started up again and it’s
still around now. In 2016 The Washington Post broke a story
about high society Americans meeting for a weekend of hunting and we guess some amount
of ritualistic handshaking. The Post wrote, “Some hold titles, such
as Grand Master, Prior and Knight Grand Officer. The Order’s name is in honor of Hubert,
the patron saint of hunters and fishermen.” This looks like quite the elite group and
we doubt you can just waltz into a meeting. Some of the members got to that ranch by private
plane, so we figure it’s no boy scouts kind of outfit. They dress really smart and if you go to the
official website you’ll find that one of the main things with this group is conservation
and keeping game species around, presumably so they can hunt them. This is a short snippet from that site explaining
how things go down: “The IOSH is headed by a Grand Master, currently,
his Imperial Highness Archduke Istvan von Habsburg-Lothringen, Archduke of Austria,
and its ‘Protector’ is His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain. Archduke Istvan is supported in his governance
of the Order by the officers of the Grand Chapter. The Grand Chapter is composed of the ‘Grand
Priors’, or leaders of the national jurisdictions in which the Order is established, members
of the staff of the Grand Chapter and three Counselors.” It’s not a religious organization but we guess
if you want to join you will need to know someone who invites you. From what we can see, members will need to
invest some cash at times so we doubt most of our listeners will be joining anytime soon. We are guessing that the investment will be
considerable. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows
Now this sounds like an organization you could join. While the former bunch might be a bit snooty,
who doesn’t like someone admitting to being a bit odd? It’s said that it came about after the Prince
Regent of the United Kingdom, George IV, didn’t want to go through the long initiation process
to become a freemason. It seems he made this rival club sometime
in the mid to late 19th century, but its members might tell you it goes back much further in
time. It’s had some pretty big names on its guess
list, with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill being a member. This is part of its mission statement, taken
from the official website: “Lodge degrees and activities aim to improve
and elevate every person to a higher, nobler plane; to extend sympathy and aid to those
in need, making their burdens lighter, relieving the darkness of despair; to war against vice
in every form, and to be a great moral power and influence for the good of humanity.” It is all inclusive apparently, stating that
it might take anyone regardless of social standing, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation. They have a Facebook page, and lots of events
going on. It seems if you want to become an Odd Fellow
then you can go for it. The Patriotic Order Sons of America
We think you might have a chance at joining these guys, too. What do they do? Well, the clue is in the name. They are American patriots. If you want to join, their official website
says you must be “all native-born or naturalized American male citizens, 16 years and older,
who believe in their country and its institutions, who desire to perpetuate free government,
and who wish to encourage a brotherly feeling among Americans, to the end that we may exalt
our country, to join with us in our work of fellowship and love.” From what we can see, these people like to
brandish flags a lot. They are very keen on that American flag,
as well as preserving anything related to it. The motto reads God first, then country, then
order, so forget about joining these people if you don’t do church or don’t have a
flag fastened to your house. This is part of the intro on the group’s
principles part of the website: “Next to love for the Creator, we believe
that Patriotism is one of the highest and noblest desires of the human soul. We are a Patriotic/Fraternal organization
that embraces the principles of Love, Forgiveness, and Grace; while recognizing the diversity
of other faiths and cultures.” It also writes, “We must protect our form
of government and preserve it from the influence and control of any un-American sentiment or
power, whether native or foreign.” The Ancient Order of United Workmen
This society was set up to defend the rights of the American working class. It offered insurance for the working class
people against sickness, accidents, or death. It might also have helped working class folks
with burials. It started off predominantly white and religious,
but that changed over time. It seems it was going strong right through
the 20th century, but we are not sure if it exists today. We can’t seem to find much information about
this group after the 1980s. The Ancient Order of the Foresters
These guys are still going but it seems they changed the name to the “Foresters Friendly
Society.” Started in 1834, it was also about protecting
the working class. It’s not really about forests, though. Its website explains, “Our first members
came to recognize they had a duty to assist their fellow men who fell into need ‘as
they walked through the forests of life’. This ‘need’ arose principally when a breadwinner
fell ill, could not work and received no wages. Illness and death left families financially
distressed and often destitute.” We should say that this society is based in
Britain, and from what we can see, it looks more business-like than a society where you’ll
find lots of traditional rituals. The Grand Orange Lodge
This was set up to protect protestants in Ireland, but you’ll find members all over
the world. Its website states, “Orangeism is a positive
rather than a negative force. It wishes to promote the Reformed Faith based
on the Infallible Word of God – the Bible. Orangeism does not foster resentment or intolerance. Condemnation of religious ideology is directed
against church doctrine and not against individual adherents or members.” It also says that while it might have been
called secret, walking about in bright orange is hardly keeping your head down. It’s not the most secret society on this
list, that’s for sure. We went to their upcoming events page, but
it seems as we write this not much is going on. We did see, though, that these orange guys
will be doing a lot of marches in Ireland in 2019. You don’t have to be Irish to join, either,
with the website stating, “We continue to welcome an increasing number of international
visitors to our celebrations who are keen to experience first-hand the spectacle of
the biggest day in the parading calendar.” They’ve even got their own newspaper called
The Orange Standard. So, if you were to join just one of these
societies which do you think you’d choose? Can you tell us about other secret societies? Tell us in the comments. Also, be sure to check out our other video
The Most Powerful Families Who Secretly Run The World? Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
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