Discordianism /dis-kor'di-*n-ism/ /n./ The veneration of
Eris, a.k.a. Discordia; widely popular among hackers.
Discordianism was popularized by Robert Shea and Robert Anton
Wilson's novel "Illuminatus!" (Bibliography) as a sort of
self-subverting Dada-Zen for Westerners -- it should on no account
be taken seriously but is far more serious than most jokes.
Consider, for example, the Fifth Commandment of the Pentabarf, from
"Principia Discordia": "A Discordian is Prohibited of
Believing What he Reads." Discordianism is usually connected with
an elaborate conspiracy theory/joke involving millennia-long
warfare between the anarcho-surrealist partisans of Eris and a
malevolent, authoritarian secret society called the Illuminati.
See Religion in Appendix B, Church of the
SubGenius, and ha ha only serious.
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