Re: Why did the illuminati take hold in Europe in particular?
Another example of 55132's point is the captivity of the Israelites in Ancient Egypt and their subsequent, gradual infiltration of Egyptian society, to the point when Joseph became the grand vizier of the Pharaoh at the time (can't remember who). Eventually, the Israelites took over their masters' religion and became even more "Egyptian" and if you can use the word, fanatic in their beliefs than the Egyptians. This resulted in the Israelites' usurpation of the throne and became the period of the Hyksos Kings of Egypt.
This lasted for some time (a few hundred years, can't really remember this detail either) until the Egyptians threw out the Israelites and took back their throne and reinstated the true Pharaoh and his bloodline.
I read this about 10 years ago, so forgive the inaccuracy of detail. ;-)
Interesting though, to view history in this, much wider perspective; one sees certain patterns much clearer, like the ejection of the Israelites from all civilizations they have infiltrated, sucked and bled dry.
Three things are sacred to me: first Truth, and then, in its tracks, primordial prayer; Then virtue–nobility of soul which, in God walks on the path of beauty. Frithjof Schuon