There’s more to these societies than passwords, secret handshakes, and hazing. Find out which crazy societies are cannibals, forbid childbirth, and perform magic spells on horses…
Secret societies like THE ILLUMINATI and the Freemasons always seem to get the limelight. However, a good number of lesser-known groups have their own strange stories to tell that make them just as interesting as their more famous counterparts
Secret societies are typically groups whose rituals and activities are hidden away from non-members. Since the time of the crusades, hundreds of secret societies have been formed from different parts of the world to serve diverse political, social and religious purposes.
Here we present some of popular craziest and mysterious societies of all time.
Pillowcase-wearing U.S. vigilantes whose favorite practice was tying victims to trees and whipping them. They created to combat civil war anarchy. The Baldknobbers went on the beat and hang those who criticized them.
09Society of the Horseman´s Word
Blacksmiths and ploughmen who practiced magic spells to wield power over women and horses. At a midnight barn ritual initiates were blindfolded and told a secret word that gave them magical powers over horses.
Members of this genius organization must crack complex puzzles hidden all over the world. Only the smartest individuals make it in. Some suspect it´s a computer hacking club.
07NOZE – Baylor University
They formed after a joke that a freshman´s nose was so big that you could form a society around it. In the 1960´s NOZE went underground after repeatedly painting a University bridge pink and then burning in down.
06Skull and Bones – Yale University
This Society – which has fostered three US presidents – hurls sexual insults at initiates as they carry bones and chant “doga booga”! New members must also recount their sexual history while in a coffin.
L´UX are Underground hacker-artists who perform beneath the streets of Paris. They have illegally built a cinema. Broken into museums and staged plays within secret Parisian passageways.
04The Nine Nanas
Nine women ran a secret cake-raking operation for thirty years. Every night at 4AM they would bake cakes for underprivileged families and deliver them in darkness.
03The Calves Head Club
The Calves Head Club celebrating the execution of king Charles I. Members would wrap a calf´s head in a napkin and throw it onto a bonfire. They were forced to disband in 1734 after causing a drunken riot.
Only the most beautiful people were allowed to join the Arioi, which valued sexual freedom, religion and pantomime. They also banned childbirth and any expected children were aborted or killed at birth.
01The Leopard Men
This Cannibalistic tribe practiced sorcery and human sacrifice to please the Gods. Wearing leopard skins, they would maul the flesh of unsuspecting travelers and drink their blood to gain supernatural powers.