Discordianism

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Discordianism is a religion centered on the idea that chaos is all that there is, and that disorder and order are both illusions that are imposed on chaos. These are referred to, respectively, as the "Eristic" and "Aneristic" illusions. It was founded circa 1958–1959 by Malaclypse the Younger with the publication of its principal text, the Principia Discordia.

There is some division as to whether it should be regarded as a parody religion, and if so to what degree.[1] It has been called "Zen for roundeyes", based on similarities with absurdist interpretations of the Rinzai school. Discordianism recognizes chaos, discord, and dissent as valid and desirable qualities, in contrast with most religions, which idealize harmony and order. Eris, the Greek mythological goddess of discord, known in Latin as Discordia, is the deity of Discordianism.[2]

It is difficult to estimate the number of followers and correctly identify Discordian groups. There is an encouragement to form schisms and cabals.[3][4] Additionally, few adherents hold Discordianism as their only or primary faith.[5]

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