Jediism - The Religion!
The most famous scene from Star Wars
The Return of Jediism!
I have written an article on religion and in it I mention the religion of Jediism in a slightly sarcastic tone. Someone picked up on it and mentioned that I should perhaps write an article about it, and so a little bit of research later and here I am!
How was Jediism formed?
Before the 2001 Census it was announced that if over thirty thousand people put down the same religion as each other in answer to the question 'What is your religion?' then it would be made into an official religion. Of course this started a lot of talking and a huge online (and to some extent offline) campaign started to try and get people to put Jediism as there religion. As a result Jediism became an official religion because, miraculously, over thirty thousand people put it as their religion. So be warned, when you walk down the street, you never know if you might be passing a Jedi.
What does it mean to be a Jedi?
Well, no one has really outlined the bible of Jediism so the following is little things I have picked up over the Internet mixed with my imagination.
Like most religions, there is a good side and an evil side. The dark side of the force is the evil side and the Emperor Palpatine is big daddy of evil, he is also known as Darth Sidious and if your a naughty boy or girl and don't tidy your room, he will most likely send lightening bolts at you for his galactic empire. Essentially, don't mess with this guy unless you got the the Jedi Masters behind you...
That leads me to the good side of the force. These guys feel no hate, no anger, no jealousy and have no wish for revenge. They are purely good beings, and they try to master the force to use it to protect each other. Essentially, they are everything that every other religion teaches us to be, as I argued in my other hub. So, the big dog on this side, and the guy everyone is dying to meet is of course, Jedi Master Yoda. Aside from being, green, incredibly old, he is also a pretty cool god to worship. Who else limps around on a walking stick and then, when he needs to, pulls out some matrix style moves? Not only can he more or less defeat anything, but he also happens to be best friends with the wookies and everyone loves them.
The character you are all most interested in though is Darth Vador, or Anakin Skywalker (Luke's dad). So his brief history includes being a kick ass Jedi, who was on the good side but then became bad because of a girl, fought Obi Wan (A seriously important angel) and lost his limbs resulting in a cool black suit of armour, a breathing problem and a unnaturally deep voice. It doesn't sound all that bad, but it must have been a little annoying for him at the time. Well this guy is more of a complex figure in the religion of Jediism. He is worshipped as being ultimately good despite the bad things he did. We can all forgive him for cutting of Luke's hand, lets be honest, Luke was nothing on Anakin anyway. But apart from that, he does end up saving the day and so within Jediism he is like the prodigal son. Although in this case it would be the prodigal father. He lost his way, but he made it back in the end. He also is very strong within the force and can strangle people without touching them which I personally would love to be able to do.
Ok... How do I join Jediism?
To join the religion of Jediism you have to become a Jedi Padawan which means you are assigned to another Jedi and taught to master the force and learn its ways. That sounds all very well and good, but you also have to learn fencing, or lightsabering and on top of that you have to learn to move objects with your hands. Some of the top Jedis in Jediism claim to do these things but to be honest I think all you really need to do is put on the census that you are a Jedi and that pretty much confirms it.
Now I am a Jedi, what next?
You have to go out there and master the force, be true to the light side of the force and do everything in your power to defeat the dark side of the force. Practice your lightsaber skills everyday and make friends with as many wookies as possible. Finally, if you meet Yoda or Obiwan give me a call because they are pretty badass.
I'd love to recieve your comments on any additions you would like me to make to the religion of Jediism or anything you think I have missed. Let me know!
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