Discordianism, Eris, and the Rauschmonstrum

As we roll along on our merry Rauschmonstrum train it’s time to tell the story of Discordianism.  I am very interested in Discordianism, because of similarities between it and my character The Rauschmonstrum and the mythos I’ve been creating of him.  Depending on whom you ask Discordianism is either a religion or a parody of religion.  More often than not though, it’s taken as parody. Discordians worship Eris the Greek goddess of discord, or…maybe they just pretend to worship Eris.  The holy book of Discordianism is the Principia Discordia, written by a fellow who went by Malaclypse the Younger.  If you were to read Principia Discordia you’d be faced with a chaotic mess, which is the point. It feels like a collection of unfinished sketches which barely fit together.

There are two main themes which run through the book. The first theme is reality is bendable and by realizing this we are able to change our realities. (Just like my boy RM!)  Secondly, order and disorder are simply illusions of ours in order to categorize chaos, which is the essential element of the universe. As one passage in the book goes:

“Pick a grid, and through it some chaos appears ordered and some appears disordered. Pick another grid, and the same chaos will appear differently ordered and disordered. Reality is the original Rorschach. Verily! So much for all that.”

Discordianism has five rules, called the Pentabart. There are as so:

  1. There is no Goddess but Goddess and She is Your Goddess. There is no Erisian Movement but The Erisian Movement and it is The Erisian Movement. And every Golden Apple Corps is the beloved home of a Golden Worm.
  2. A Discordian Shall Always use the Official Discordian Document Numbering System.
  3. A Discordian is Required during his early Illumination to Go Off Alone & Partake Joyously of a Hot Dog on a Friday; this Devotive Ceremony to Remonstrate against the popular Paganisms of the Day: of Catholic Christendom (no meat on Friday), of Judaism (no meat of Pork), of Hindic Peoples (no meat of Beef), of Buddhists (no meat of animal), and of Discordians (No Hot Dog Buns).
  4. A Discordian shall Partake of No Hot Dog Buns, for Such was the Solace of Our Goddess when She was Confronted with The Original Snub.
  5. A Discordian is Prohibited of Believing What he Reads.

Riveting stuff isn’t it?

Another thing to know about Discordians is it has a rule about popes. To them every person on Earth is a pope, and if you’re just learning that for the first time, congratulations on your papacy. As a staunch anti-cleric I strongly approve of this dogma.

If you want to strip all this down, Discordianism is a philosophy encouraging you to fuck with everything and be a trickster, advising you trickery is a central aspect of the universe and should thus be embraced. My boy the Rauschmonstrum is a fictional character who lives by this type of creed. Ol’ Rausch has a lot in common with Eris, both are supernatural immortal and both distrust in mankind’s ability to make out an objective reality. As he would say “what is truth?” It may be that in the future the Discordians could incorporate the Rauschmonstrum into their philosophy, or Discordianism could be absorbed into the Rauschmonstrum mythos for the formation of Rauschmonstrumism. Perhaps the Rauschmonstrum and Eris could be husband and wife, or brother or sister, or both.  Ultimately I’m sure everyone will do what thou wilt.

Cheers!

{The Rauschmonstrum’s Press Agent}

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