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Transcript of Jediism
There is no Emotion; There is Peace.
There is no Ignorance; There is Knowledge.
There is no Passion; There is Serenity.
There is no Chaos: There is Harmony.
There is no Death; There is the Force. The Force to the Jedi is a field of energy that links all living things in this world, and that life and the force is intertwined. Many Jedi feel that their Force is very similar to the Tao, and use resources such as the Tao Te Ching to help instruct Apprentices in the Force. However, the Force, like all parts of Jediism, is interpreted individually. Some Jedi prefer to interperet their faith as a philosophy or way of life rather then a religion, but most would consider it a religion. Groups/Symbols There are many different groups and divisions of Jedi faith, but beyond a few differences, they are mostly the same. From my findings, the largest branch of the Jedi faith is the Temple of the Jedi Order. They are a registered and recognized religion in the State of Texas and the UK. Their symbol represents the Orthodox Jedi Code (outer 5-point star, the 16 Basic Teachings (inner 16-point star), and the interdependence of light and dark. One of the oldest jedi communities on the
Net is the Force Academy. These Jedi are divided
into Light, Shadow, and Dark Jedi. Another community of Jedi can be found at the International Church of Jediism. These Jedi seem to be more focused on Jediism as an extension of normal life rather then a religious philosophy. Training and Structure One thing that remains constant amongst all the Jedi communities is the idea of an apprentice learning from a master. In the Temple of the Jedi Order, this apprentice process usually takes up to or more then a year. After apprentices are Knighted, they are given the title of "Teaching Master" and can in turn take apprentices. Once an individual has been deemed ready by their master, they will be Knighted after completing a few basic training excersizes. The structure of the Temple of the Jedi Order is laid out very hierarchical. The order goes, Grand Master, Master, Senior Knight, Knight, Apprentice, Initiate, Novice and Member. Each rank is earned based on training and community involvement. Clergy also have ranks, which have different powers and responsibilities. These go, Commissioned, Licensed Minister, Deacon, Priest, and Bishop. There are also the additional ranks of Pastor, Senior Pastor, Pastor Emeritus, Councilor, And Archbishops Cultural Impact For such a young religion, Jediism has had a large amount of media coverage and exposure. The first and foremost example of this is the census phenomenon in the UK. This was a large event where people listed their religion as Jedi as a form of protest. This lead the New Zealand government to dismiss Jediism as a "non religion" to much dismay. Another large event is the removal of The founder of the International Church of Jediism from a Tesco store in the UK when he wouldn't remove his hood, claiming it was a religious garment. The store issued the statement, "Jedi are more then welcome to shop in our stores, we just ask that they remove their hoods. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Luke Skywalker all appeared hoodless without ever going over to the Dark Side and we are only aware of the Emperor as one who never removed his hood."