The Church of Jedi

In the 2001 census, nearly 400,000 people in the UK said that their religion was "jedi." Years later, Star Wars enthusiasts (and brothers) Barney and Daniel Jones decided to make it a reality:

And now Barney and musician Daniel, 21 - or Master Morda Hehol, self-appointed UK "church" leader - are getting their new "religion" off the ground.

"It's serious," said Barney. "We will have teachings based on Yoda - the 900-year-old grand master - as well as readings, essays submitted, meditation and relaxation, visualisation and discuss healthy eating.

"The Jedi religion is about life improvement, inner peace and changing your lifestyle so you have a more fulfilling existence. "It's based on the films but we have brought things into it because the films are a bit more sci-fi. But we have developed on the film's teachings, introducing teachings we believe the Jedi Knights would seek. We used to watch the films over and over again and it came about from that."


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I invented the Force. The star wars films are based upon a novella, The Star War, published in 1963. The dark side of the force was invented/suggested by Strobe Talbot, Clinton's undersecretary of state in July or August of 1972. Yoda comes from Yo! Duh! Ron Kirk (later twice mayor of Dallas, Texas where we were but not his home town) pinned it on me. In the earliest unfinished painting of OB1 Kenobe, kept for a time at the Smithsonian, my face appears.
Jedi comes from Jed Clampitt--a character of American television. One Jed, two Jedi--Latin you see?
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Healthy eating a stretch?

Not really, considering that many religions have strict dietary requirements, possibly created for sanitary and health reasons, as well as spiritual.

One thought: do you ever see any Jedis eat anything in the Star Wars movies?
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heya ted, im with ya there, but i think believing in faith, investing some part of your conciousness into an unknown, is better than placing it in a commodified and impersonal establishment,

anyway, just my random musings,
and i totally agree that healthy eating is a stretch in jedi beliefs...
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