The word illuminati comes from the Latin illuminatur or enlightened and is plural for illuminatus. Back in 1776, the Bavarian Illuminati was a secret sect that opposed superstition, religious influence over public life, and abuses of state power. (Wikipedia)
These days, the word is associate with a powerful group of people who secretly control the world, may or may not indulge in devil worship, and may or may not be lead by Beyonce. (Although it would be kind of cool if they were led by a black female. Equal Opportunity Conspirators?)
(The triangle, the eye, the pyramid--it's everywhere y'all!)
Anyway, the "proof" of this connection between world power and hip-hop royalty is supposedly evident in the symbols of the devil that show up in music videos like goats, triangles, and the name of Jay-Z and Beyonce's daughter. Blue Ivy stands for "born living under evil, Illuminati's very youngest. And if you put the letter backwards, Eulb Yli, you get the name of Lucifer's daughter in Latin! Ooooo, Ahhhh, it all makes sense.
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(Okay, I love animals, but this goat scares me. Just saying.)
Except that's bull-poopy. There is no such name in Latin. Lucifer didn't have a daughter, and letters in Blue Ivy could be for "Beyonce loved ultramarine earrings in various years" or "Bebop loot under every idolizing, vainglorius yokel" for all we know.
Do you have a favorite Illuminati member or myth to share?