Being someone who's heavily into his conspiracy theories and history, I was dissapointed in myself for not having a clue who the Gormogons were. I thought Bones just made it up for an interesting twist on a standard secret society plot but this show just constantly surprises me. So for anyone interested here is some info on the real Gormogons. http://freemasonry.bcy.ca/anti-masonry/gormogons.html (this seems to be the most comprehensive description of them I could find) This is another good link http://www.thothweb.com/files/gormagon_530.pdf
If anyone knows anything about Freemasonry they'll know about their weird rituals, for example in the initiation ritual: wearing only one shoe, with a noose around their neck and are blindfolded then led to some room where they must proclaim "I, XXXXXX XXXXXX, of my own free will and accord, in the presence of Almighty God and this worshipful lodge...do hereby and hereon most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, that I will always...conceal and never reveal any of the secrets, arts, parts, or points of the hidden mysteries of Freemasonry...to any person or persons whomsoever ...except it be to a...brother Mason or in a lodge of Masons..." it then ends with the person saying"...binding myself under no less penalty than that of having my throat cut from ear to ear, my tongue torn out by its roots, my body buried in the sands of the sea at low water mark where the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours, should I ever willingly or knowingly violate this my solemn oath of an Entered Apprentice Mason, so help me God and keep me steadfast." This is a rough outline, I think they also hold a knife to your breast and you have to have stand with your feet positioned in a square shape; all pretty odd stuff to us common folk. In light of that, this poem by Henry Cary from 1729 makes more sense:
The Masons and the Gormogons
are laughing at one another
While all mankind is laughing at them;
then why do they make such a pother?
"They bait their hook for simple gulls,
And truth with bam they smother;
But when they've taken in their culls
Why then, tis; 'Welcome, Brother'
Basically they're both just secret societies practising weird rituals away from the public eye, which would of course look silly to the average joe on the street so all mankind would be laughing at both the Gormogons and the Freemasons, as well as creating suspicion with them and their ritualistic and secretive goings on. http://members.aol.com/mason24a/goat.htm
Apparently the Gormogon order was introduced by a Chinese Mandarin (though many suspect he was a Jacobite-Jesuit missionary/agent: the jesuits, another very real secret society still at work today) and had it's origins in ancient China. Incidentally, while Murdoch's FOX brings Gormogon into the public eye with it's occult designed Washington DC based Skull and Bones(GWB) connoting Bones tv show, there is a challenge to these secret societies by another secret society today, also from China in a similar vein to the Gormogon secret society known as "The Green and Red Societies", http://www.savethemales.ca/002056.html coincidentally.
The origins of the word, sometimes spelt Gormagon are also interesting: http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-gor1.htm
Short wikipedia entry about them http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gormogons
Another goodish link from a freemasonic lodge's newsletter, though details repeated from previous links http://www.rurallodge.com/2NEWS/070928_Newsletter79.pdf
Anyway, I'm sure you all come to this forum for a history lesson so you're welcome! As Hodgins said, it is naive to assume secret societies arn't still at work today (paraphrased) so anyone has any comments/q's about secret societies in general might as well leave them here or about Gormogon in Bones, who is blatantly not Sweets he's too hilarious to be a psycho murderer.