“The 18th-Century German thinker Adam Weishaupt would have been stunned if he had known his ideas would one day fuel global conspiracy theories, and inspire best-selling novels and blockbuster films,” says National Geographic. “Until he was 36, the vast majority of his compatriots would have been equally stunned to discover that this outwardly respectable professor was a dangerous enemy of the state, whose secret society, the Illuminati, was seen to threaten the very fabric of society.”
Yesterday, 18 November, was the Feast of Saint Adam Weishaupt. While he is best known as a founder of the Illuminati, he was also a philosopher and a professor. American founding fathers such as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were familiar with, and may have been influenced by his work. Crowley considered him a Master of the Temple. Weishaupt was born 6 February 1748 in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, and died 18 November 1830 in Gotha.
In honor of Weishaupt, here is a Bavarian recipe that will warm you up on a chilly night.
Grieß Suppe (Farina Soup)
- 3 tbs butter
- 4 tbs farina
- 1 tbs flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 qt boiling water
- 1 egg yolk, beaten
Melt butter, add farina and flour and brown until golden in color, stirring constantly. Stir into rapidly boiling salted water and then simmer slowly for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, cool slightly, then add beaten egg yolk. Stir well and serve.
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