10 Of The Most Secretive Societies In The World

Secret societies are known as groups whose rituals and activities are hidden away from non-members. They have been in place since the time of the crusades when dozens of secret societies were formed from different parts of the world to serve diverse political, social and religious purposes. We’ve gathered a list of the 10 biggest secret societies to ever take place and dug a bit deeper to find out all the conspiracy theories associated with them. While some of them are believed to be not be active anymore, traces of their legend remain apparent even today.

Skull and Bones

The Order of Skull and Bones is a Yale University society that was originally named the Brotherhood of Death. It is known to be one of the oldest student secret societies in the United States as it was formed in 1832. It is believed that the society accepts only a chosen few every year to join and performs masonic inspired rituals at their meetings which occur twice a week at the building that has been known as the “Tomb”. Apparently both of the Bush presidents were members of the society while studying at Yale.


Freemasons are maybe the most known secret group as they are referenced heavily in movies and books even today. Their weekly meetings are full of rituals such as using signs and handshakes to gain entrance to the actual meeting, and wearing special clothing such as aprons. There’s three degrees of Masonry with the first one called Entered Apprentice, the next level Fellow Craft, and the highest one Master Mason. Some documents even go as far as to say there are actually 33 degrees of membership currently in place.