Discordianism is called both "a joke disguised as a religion" and "a religion disguised as a joke." However, some academics do consider it a legitimate philosophical system. Begun in 1958/1959, it led to the self-publication of Principia Discordia, or How I Found The Goddess and What I Did To Her When I Found Her. This was by Malaclypse the Younger with Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst (Greg Hill and Kerry Thornley) and others. Discordianism proceeds from the notion that the universe blends the meaningful and the meaningless. It honors the greek goddess Eris and its equivalent roman goddess Discordia, which are the 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 Thornley 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."
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.
- Principia Discordia