The Principia DiscordiaAbout the Principia Discordia
Principia Discordia is a sacred text by Greg Hill (Malaclypse the Younger) with Kerry Wendell Thornley (Lord Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst). This first issue was produced in 1963 using Jim Garrison's Xerox printers. 1 ] The second issue was released in 1965 under the name Principia Discordia or How The West Was Most in a restricted five-volume series.
Principia Discordia, which reminds of Newton's Principia Mathematica, is supposed to mean disharmonic principles or Principles of Discordance. Principia depicts the Discordian Society and its goddess Eris, as well as the foundations of POEE' Discordianismdenomination. The Principia is full of verbatim inconsistencies and extraordinary humour, but it contains some paragraphs that suggest a serious intention behind the work, for example a statement on page 00075: "If you think that PRINCIPIA is just a ha-ha, please reread it.
" Principia is widely cited, sharing many topics with the sci-fi satire The Illuminatus! were not directly engaged in the Principia's work. Remarkable icons in the script are the Apples of Discord, the Pentangle and the "Holy Chao", which resemble the Taijitu of Taoism, but the two illustrated principals are "Hodge" and "Podge" instead of Jin and Yang, and they are portrayed by the Apples and the Pentangle and not by points.
Principia also introduced the enigmatic term "fnord", which later became popular in The Illuminatus! Trialogy; the triology itself is referred to in the epilogue to the Loompanics issue and in the various introductory articles to the fifth issue. Principia Discordia has three basic principles: the Aneristic Principle (order), the Eristic Principle (disorder) and the idea that both are delusion.
In the following extract, these principals are summarized: Aneristic Principle is that of the seeming order; Eristic Principle is that of the seeming clutter. We see the mess through a little opening and refer it to the points of our grating and comprehend it. Sequence is in the raster. That'?s the aneristic principle.
Traditional occidental philosophies are to contrast one grating with another and to change it in the hope of discovering a perfectly constructed grating that takes all of the realities into consideration and thus (say, unilluminated Westerners) will be truth. Clutter is just incoherent information that is seen through a certain grating. It is the eristic principle of the artifical conception of non-relationship.
Saying the same thing about disarray is the eristic illusion. It is that (little-t) truths are a question of defining in relation to the lattice you are currently using, and (capital-T) truths, methaphysical realities, are completely unrelated to lattices. Choose a grate, and through it some mess will appear ordered and some unordered.
Choose another grating, and the same mess will appear differently ordered and unordered. Principia Discordia or How The West Was Masters was first issued in a five-volume print run and made available to the general public in 1965. 2 ] The full track of the 4th and best-known issue is Principia Discordia or How I Found Goddess And What I Did To Her When I Found Her: The Magnum Opiate Of Malaclypse The Younger, in which It Is Explained, absolutely Everything Worth Knowing about Absolutely Anything.
On page 00075 you will find the following information about the Principia's history: Edition, March 1970, San Francisco; a 3rd edition of 500 pieces, which appeared together in Tampa in 1969; which reworked the 2nd edition of 100 pieces from Los Angeles in 1969; which was a review of PRINCIPIA Discordia or HOW THE WEST WAS LAST, which was released in 1965 in New Orleans in five pieces, most of which were destroyed.
The reference "Contents of this issue" in the Loompanics issue also indicates that the forth issue was initially released by Rip Off Press in San Francisco, California. A" Fifth Edition", comprising a unique Western Union telegraph page with the character M, was added as an annex to the reprints of the Loompanics and SJ Games of the 4.
There is a reference by the client pretending to deny the copyrights to the work: "Irrespective of the effect of this reference, the Principia has been widely distributed via the web and more conventional printing houses. In 1979 Lloyd's unleashed a release (the "yellow cover" version) with an intro by Robert Anton Wilson, an epilogue by Malaclypse the Younger and the already mentioned "Fifth Edition".
Paladin Press prints this release under ISBN 1-58160-547-1 (ISBN 1-55950-040-9). In 1994 Steve Jackson Games released a release (the "black case version") that included an intro by Steve Jackson and 20 pages of new discordant text, mostly from on-line discordians. Steve Jackson also releases disco and illuminated-inspired titles such as GURPS Illuminati and the Illuminati Cards.
In 2006 Ronin Publishing published a complete revised ISBN ( (ISBN 1-57951-029-9) under the name Discordia - Ave the Goddess of Chaos and Confusion. Included in this issue is a co-credit for Malaclypse and Ravenhurst, a color case book, many typographic mistakes and is 192 pages long. "Aneris is referred to in Disco dian mythological as the sibling of Eris Aza Discordia in the "Yellow Cover" "Pink" or "Purple Cover" "Black Cover" "Snake Cover".
Eris and Aneris (who are later given a spiritual brother) are used to show some basic psychometaphysical principles: