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~ Discordia? ~

:Eris: /e'ris/ n. The Greek goddess of Chaos, Discord, Confusion,
and Things You Know Not Of; her name was latinized to Discordia and
she was worshiped by that name in Rome. Not a very friendly deity
in the Classical original, she was reinvented as a more benign
personification of creative anarchy starting in 1959 by the
adherents of {Discordianism} and has since been a semi-serious
subject of veneration in several `fringe' cultures, including
hackerdom. See {Discordianism}, {Church of the SubGenius}.

: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 Illuminatus!-Trilogy 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 the:

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.

Sources: www.fnord.org.. (Quotes from the Jargon File)

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