Most secret societies have initiation rituals. Initiation rituals are considered ultra important to test and make sure a candidate will be able to:
- Keep secrets
- Handle the hardships
- Not get a big ego about being in a secret society
- Stay true to the mission
Bohemian Grove Secret Society has a “Cremation of Care” ceremony where members unburden themselves of all their urgent concerns after they’ve all gathered at their meeting camp. This is a secret society of adult men, four of which were US presidents, others successful CEOs.
In 1981, Philip Weiss snuck into Bohemian Grove to witness the “Crenation of Cares” ceremony for his Spy Magazine article. He recorded the following: