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Often accused of being a big practical joke disguised as a religion, proponents of Discordianism insist that it is, in fact, a religion disguised as a big practical joke. Originating with the publication of The Principia Discordia, or How I Found The Goddess and What I Did To Her When I Found Her, by Malaclypse the Younger and Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst (Greg Hill and Kerry Thornley), Discordianism proceeds from the notion that “God is a crazy woman” and honors this Goddess in the form of Eris, Greek goddess of discord.

Discordianism celebrates the idea that disorder is as essential to the universe as order, and that the “order” imposed on the universe by human minds is largely arbitrary. As Kerry Thorney wrote in the introduction to the Principia Discordia, "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."

Discordians approach religion and ritual with great humor and playfulness. There is little, if any, structural organization among Discordians, as they tend to be anti-organization by nature.

Prominent figures in Discordianism include Greg Hill, Kerry Thornley, and Robert Anton Wilson.

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