Discordia is the latin translation of the name of the ancient Greek goddess of Chaos, Eris.
Discordianism is a faux/parody religion worshipping Eris and the general belief that chaos is good.
Other central tenets of Discordianism include:
- The Law of Fives: All things happen in fives, or are divisible by or are multiples of five, or are somehow directly or indirectly appropriate to 5. The Law of Fives is never wrong.
- A Discordian shall Partake Joyously of a Hot Dog on a Friday
- A Discordian shall Partake of No Hot Dog Buns
- A Discordian is Prohibited of Believing What he Reads.
… we just thought it was a cool name 🙂
Discordianism is a religion and subsequent philosophy based on the veneration or worship of Eris (also known as Discordia), the Greek goddess of chaos, or archetypes or ideals associated with her. It was founded after the 1965 publication of its (first) holy book, the Principia Discordia, written by two individuals working under thepseudonyms Malaclypse the Younger and Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst.
The religion has been likened to Zen, based on similarities with absurdist interpretations of the Rinzai school, as well as Taoist philosophy. Discordianism is centered on the idea that both order and disorder are illusionsimposed on the universe by the human nervous system, and that neither of these illusions of apparent order and disorder is any more accurate or objectively true than the other.
There is some division as to whether it should be regarded as a parody religion, and if so to what degree. Discordians use subversive humor to spread their philosophy and to prevent their beliefs from becoming dogmatic. It is difficult to estimate the number of Discordians because they are not required to hold Discordianism as their only belief system, and because there is an encouragement to form schisms and cabals.