Discordianism is widely believed to be a parody religion, along with its most notorious spiritual child The Church Of The Flying Spaghetti Monster, but it also makes a point in shining a light on the madness of organised religion, hopefully not too seriously, although it would be a serious matter, if anything should be. Which it shouldn’t. Seriously.
It has similarities to Zen and the Way of the Tao. More on that in a later post…
Its roots are ancient, principles described in more modern times in the Principia Discordia, its Deity is Eris, Goddess of Discord and Chaos, (so nearly my youngest daughter’s name until vetoed by ex).
Eris’s moment of glory was the Original Snub or Judgement of Paris.
Zeus believed that Eris was a troublemaker, so did not invite her to Peleus and Thetis’s wedding.
Having been snubbed, Eris created a golden apple with the word kallisti (to the prettiest one) inscribed in it. This, the Apple of Discord is a notable symbol in Discordianism. Because of the original snub a Discordian is to partake of No Hot Dog Buns. (Buns being snub backwards.)
When the female wedding guests disagree about who the apple is meant for, Zeus decides to leave the decision to Paris of Troy. Aphrodite bribes Paris, leading to the Trojan War which “is said to be The First War among men.”
Discordianism features heavily in the mind-bending Illuminatus! Trilogy of Robert Anton Wilson, also writer of Cosmic Trigger and many other genuinely liberating books.
He advocated the concept of Maybe Logic, and not believing oneself into false Reality Tunnels through conscious or unconscious selective filtering of evidence- agnosticism not just about religion but about everything.
He was influenced by luminaries and Mavericks such as Aleister Crowley, Bucky Fuller, Gurdjieff, James Joyce, Timothy Leary, H.P. Lovecraft, Alfred Korzybski and Wilhelm Reich, discoverer of orgone energy and Cloudbusting, whose books were burned by the U.S. government before he died in prison:-
The phenomenally synchronistic The KLF, the British acid house band were steeped in Discordianism:-
The Flying Sphagetti Monster is a relatively recent innovation, yet so many have already been touched by his noodly appendage:-
Also known as Pastafarianism, the religion is dominated by Pirates, their density scientifically proven to reduce global warming, and now legally recognised in Poland, Holland (no surprise there) and New Zealand :-
The only dogma is that all dogma must be rejected. A theme running through this page.
The FSM is believed to have created the universe after drinking heavily.
The Pastafarian conception of Heaven includes a beer volcano and a stripper or sometimes prostitute factory.
The Pastafarian Hell is similar, except that the beer is stale and the strippers have sexually transmitted diseases.
Friday is the holy day, where one might eat pasta dressed as a pirate, hot dog buns then being briefly permitted.
International Talk Like A Pirate Day is on September 19th every year.
The FSM is allied with the Invisible Pink Unicorn, with a view to lampooning the excesses of Creationism and pseudoscience.
The countries where it is permitted to wear a colander on one’s head in a photo for a driving licence grow exponentially, a certain blog author had such a picture for his Meetup profile for a long time…
R’amen, dudes. Oh yes, Dudeism, that’s another one.