A paradigm of a parody religion or a metaphor for a governing philosophy; based on Eris, the Greco-Roman goddess of chaos and discord; born of the 1963 book Principia Discordia by Malaclypse the Younger (Greg Hill) with Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst (Kerry Wendell Thornley).
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Drest had made a careful study of the Discordian philosophy and realized it was the kind of outlandish nonsense that would appeal to the kind of people who made all the trouble in history-brilliant, intellectual, slightly deranged dope fiends and oddball math-and-technology buffs.Robert Anton Wilson, Schrödinger’s Cat Trilogy
If you reject Absolute Truth, as Discordians do, you are thereby claiming that any doxa (opinion, belief ) is as valid as any other doxa, and thus we enter the absurdist world of non-knowledge, of “all truths” = “all lies”.Brother Cato, Illuminism Contra Discordianism
…Church of the Subgenius drew a great deal of inspiration, lore, and tone from Discordianism, an earlier, more individualistic, and less pop culture-saturated parody religion whose ironic mysteries, slapstick anarchist politics and terrible puns were transmitted into the seventies counterculture principally through Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea’s 1975 Illuminatus! trilogy.Erik Davis, High Weirdness: Visionary Experience in the Seventies Counterculture