Asiatic Brethren, a secret society greatly resembling the Rosicrucians (q.v.). It arose in Austria in 1780, spread throughout Germany, applied itself chiefly to cabalistics and theosophy, and occasioned many frauds. Baron Ecker von Eckhofen and one Boheman at Stockholm were the principal defenders of this order. See Die Briider St. Johannis des Evang. aus Asien (Berl. 1830).