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Inside Secret Societies: The Priory of Sion
The Priory of Sion
Season 1  |  Episode 2  |  The History Channel  |  December 2, 2018

We learn about the history and origins of the Priory back in Jerusalem in the 12th century, and its connections to the Knights Templar. We learn about its history down through the centuries, including its Grand Masters like Leonardo Da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, Sandro Botticelli and Jean Cocteau. We learn about the release of the infamous 'Dossiers Secrets' in the 1960s in the Paris National Library, as well the Order's then grand master, Pierre Plantard, agreeing to an interview with the BBC. We learn about the Order's structure today, as well as who its members currently are. We also learn about the 'irrefutable' evidence it is said to protect that challenges accepted church doctrine, as well as what it is and where it might be hidden. We learn where, and how, the Order operates today, and how it is still releasing information, and its connection to, and relationship with, the Freemasons.

We learn about the history and origins of the Priory back in Jerusalem in the 12th century, and its connections to the Knights Templar. We learn about its history down through the centuries, including its Grand Masters like Leonardo Da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, Sandro Botticelli and Jean Cocteau. We learn about the release of the infamous 'Dossiers Secrets' in the 1960s in the Paris National Library, as well the Order's then grand master, Pierre Plantard, agreeing to an interview with the BBC. We learn about the Order's structure today, as well as who its members currently are. We also learn about the 'irrefutable' evidence it is said to protect that challenges accepted church doctrine, as well as what it is and where it might be hidden. We learn where, and how, the Order operates today, and how it is still releasing information, and its connection to, and relationship with, the Freemasons.

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The Order of the Assassins

The Assassins are a legend in the Muslim world. Part freedom fighters, part special forces and part Islamic fundamentalists, they were set up back in the 11th century in today's Syria around the time of the First Christian Crusade in the Holy Land. They were an elite sect of highly trained killers who often operated behind enemy lines, in deep cover, assassinating military leaders and rulers. Their covert tactics and ruthless operations spread fear and terror across the medieval world. Assassinations were primarily carried out with a dagger, which was sometimes tipped with poison. As their legend and infamy grew they started to carry out their assassinations in public spaces so as to instil terror in their foes. They would often assimilate themselves in the cities, palaces and fortresses of their targets and, over time, stealthily insert themselves into strategic positions. Although many scholars believe that they died out after the Crusades, there are those who say that they simply went 'underground' with reports of their activities in the early 20th century. Certainly, the Assassins have inspired, and possibly given rise to, many of today's Islamic fundamentalist groups, including the Taliban in Afghanistan, Al Qaeda and even ISIS. The training methods, secrecy, ruthlessness and covert operations of all these groups are directly the result of The Assassins.

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The Yakuza

With its origins in the Samurai culture of 17th century Japan, the Yakusa are one of the most infamous, secret and feared of all Asian secret societies. They call themselves a 'chivalrous organisation', and are notorious for their strict codes of conduct and highly organised structure, with an estimated 100,000 members today. They started as hired security men for local festivals, markets and gambling dens, before slowly growing in power and prestige. Today they are a vast organisation and their leaders, known as Oyabun, maintain strict rules within the ranks. No disloyalty is permitted. Yubitsume, or the cutting off of a finger, is a form of penance or apology. Upon a first offence, the transgressor must cut off the tip of his left little finger and give the severed portion to his boss. Its origin stems from the traditional way of holding a Japanese sword. The removal of digits starting with the little finger moving up the hand to the index finger progressively weakens a person's sword grip. Many Yakusa have full-body tattoos known as Irezumi which are often "hand-poked", that is, the ink is inserted beneath the skin using non-electrical, handmade and hand-held tools with needles of sharpened bamboo or steel. The Yakusa are a very powerful organisation in Japan who's tentacles of influence reach the very highest levels of power. Drawing on their rich Samurai heritage they believe they can operate above and beyond modern laws and government, bringing what they see as a purer form of justice and control to a corrupt country.

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