Principia Discordia

Principia Discordia

Eris is the Greek goddess of chaos and [arguably] the goddess of Catastrophism.

Eris is the Greek goddess of chaos, strife, and discord.

Her name is the equivalent of Latin Discordia, which means “discord”.

Eris’ Greek opposite is Harmonia, whose Latin counterpart is Concordia.

Homer equated her with the war-goddess Enyo, whose Roman counterpart is Bellona.

The dwarf planet Eris is named after the goddess, as is the religion Discordianism.

Catastrophism is the theory that the Earth has been affected in the past by sudden, short-lived, violent events, possibly worldwide in scope.

Catastrophism held that geological epochs had ended with violent and sudden natural catastrophes such as great floods and the rapid formation of major mountain chains.

Plants and animals living in the parts of the world where such events occurred were killed off, being replaced abruptly by the new forms whose fossils defined the geological strata.

The goddess Eris is venerated by Discordianists.

Discordianism is a religion and subsequent philosophy based on the veneration or worship of Eris, a.k.a. Discordia, the Goddess of chaos, or archetypes or ideals associated with her.

It was founded after the 1963 publication of its holy book, the Principia Discordia, written by Greg Hill with Kerry Wendell Thornley, the two working under the pseudonyms 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 illusions imposed 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.

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.

The Principia Discordia is a Discordian text that [amongst other things] very helpfully explains “order and disorder are man made concepts” that are artificial divisions of pure chaos.

The Principia Discordia is a Discordian religious text written by Greg Hill (Malaclypse the Younger) with Kerry Wendell Thornley (Lord Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst).

The first edition was printed using Jim Garrison’s Xerox printer in 1963.

Principia Discordia Cover

Notable symbols in the book include the Apple of Discord, the pentagon, and the “Sacred Chao”, which resembles the Taijitu of Taoism, but the two principles depicted are “Hodge” and “Podge” rather than yin and yang, and they are represented by the apple and the pentagon, and not by dots.

Saints identified include Emperor Norton, Yossarian, Don Quixote, and Bokonon.

The Principia Discordia holds three core principles: the Aneristic Principle (order), Eristic Principle (disorder) and the notion that both are mere illusions. The following excerpt summarizes these principles:

The Aneristic Principle is that of apparent order; the Eristic Principle is that of apparent disorder.

Both order and disorder are man made concepts and are artificial divisions of pure chaos, which is a level deeper than is the level of distinction making.

With our concept-making apparatus called “the brain” we look at reality through the ideas-about-reality which our cultures give us. The ideas-about-reality are mistakenly labeled “reality” and unenlightened people are forever perplexed by the fact that other people, especially other cultures, see “reality” differently.

Malaclypse the Younger, Principia Discordia, Pages 00049

Kerry Thornley [Discordian Society Co-founder] explains that “organization is the work of the Devil” in his introduction to the Principia Discordia.

5th Edition Introduction:
by Kerry Thornley, Discordian Society Co-founder

If organized religion is the opium of the masses, then disorganized religion is the marijuana of the lunatic fringe.

Most disorganized of all religions, Discordianism alone understands that organization is the work of the Devil.

Holy Chaos is the Natural Condition of Reality, contrary to popular belief.

Theologians cite Order in the Universe as proof of a Supreme Intelligence, but a glance is enough to see that the stars are not actually in neat little rows.

(Oh, sure, there is the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper – but if they were really connect-the-dot drawings there would be numbers next to the stars.)

Theology is just a debate over who to frame for creating reality.

What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos.

Every few thousand years some shepherd inhales smoke from a burning bush and has a vision or eats moldy rye bread in a cave and sees God.

From then on their followers kill one another at the slightest provocation.

Haunted houses called temples are built by one side and torn down by another – and then bloody quarrels continue over the crumbling foundations.

Principia Discordia – Malaclypse the Younger and Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst

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Hard copy versions of Principia Discordia can be purchased via Amazon and further information can be viewed on the Principia Discordia website.

Welcome to the Principia Discordia

This website is dedicated to bringing the Principia Discordia to the masses, in its original, chock-full-o-pictures form!

What’s the Principia, you ask?

Well, it’s the Magnum Opiate of Malaclypse the Younger, Wherein Is Explained Absolutely Everything Worth Knowing About Absolutely Anything. Duh!

One of the great books of our time, Principia Discordia is the official bible of the most relevant religion ever conceived, Discordianism.

This legendary underground classic contains absolutely everything worth knowing about absolutely anything.

Discordianism is the religion for these screwed-up times, and Principia Discordia reveals it here for your enlightenment, confusion and entertainment.

Principia Discordia – Malaclypse the Younger and Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst

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1 Response to Principia Discordia

  1. oldbrew says:

    ‘Theology is just a debate over who to frame for creating reality.’

    Many a true word spoken in jest.

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