It is perhaps the most popular cult of modern society. It was also made popular by the novel, Da Vinci Code. The Illuminati, which in Latin means the enlightened, refers to various organizations that claim to have links to the Bavarian Illuminati. It is often alleged to conspire and control world affairs by masterminding events and planting agents in government and corporations to establish a New World Order and gain further political power and influence. Modern conspiracy theorists believe that the Illuminati are the ones who have been pulling the strings in most of the world’s major events, including the Battle of Waterloo, the French revolution and President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.