Secret societies have always existed in one form or another. In pre-modern cultures they were mostly “warrior societies,” all-male groups of elite warriors charged with defending their tribe or attacking others. Some have had a purely religious or mystical purpose, while yet others were political in nature. Their common denominator was and is secrecy, a fact that shrouded them in mystery and made people suspicious of them, which eventually became fodder for a variety of conspiracy theories from world domination to libidinous relations with Lucifer. Let’s take a look at some of the most secretive societies in history.