Eris, Strife, Discord

Discordia is the Roman version of the Greek goddess Eris; there are no actual distinctive differences between one character or the other. As a matter of fact, the name “Discord” or Discordia, is only the Latin translation of the Greek name or word Eris. In Discordianism however, the decidedly nonsensical religion started in the 1950’s, the primary goddess is of course, Eris, but she’s actually referred to in the Principia Discordia as “Eris Discordia”; rather than use one or the other, they’ve incorporated both names. Other than in the “religious” texts of Discordianism, and other pop culture references, Discordia doesn’t really appear in any strictly Roman mythology.

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The Apple Of Discord

The Apple of Discord was a little gift bestowed upon the wedding attendees at the marriage celebration of Peleus and Thetis by Eris. When Peleus and Thetis celebrated their wedding, they invited all of the gods and goddesses, except for Eris, because she was known to be such a troublemaker. Peleus and Thetis, though enduring a forced marriage, would eventually become the parents of Achilles, and all of the Olympian gods were at the wedding.

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Discordianism

Sources have stated that Discordianism in general is a difficult belief to describe because there is no actual dogma, or system of belief, other than a few statements about how humanity suffers from being entirely too serious about everything, and should basically lighten up.

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Connections Between Discord And Atlantis

The goddess Eris was most famous for having caused the events that would eventually lead up to the Trojan War. The Apple of Discord that she had rolled into the midst of the goddesses had the word “Kallisti” inscribed on it. Kallisti means “to the fairest” or “for the prettiest”, in ancient Greek.

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Discord/Eris’s Influences In Popular Culture

Aside from the bizarre faith of the Principia Discordia, Eris has influenced both modern and historical fiction, as well as other mediums of multimedia. According to some, Sleeping Beauty was partially inspired by Eris’s role in the wedding of Peleus and Thetis.

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