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Jedi religion gaining in popularity


Posted on Friday, 18 October, 2013 | Comment icon 45 comments


The ever-popular Star Wars franchise has spawned its own religion. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Master Alexus

Based on concepts from the Star Wars movies, Jediism is a genuine religion with thousands of members.

Despite being seemingly rooted firmly within the boundaries of science fiction, the Jedi have managed to make it big in the real world through an ever-growing religious movement that has seen its popularity increase from a few hundred members to tens of thousands within the space of two decades.

In England Jediism is considered to be the seventh-largest religion with 175,000 followers. Other countries such as Australia, the United States and Canada are also home to large Jediism followings.

Teachings tend to focus around belief in 'The Force', the mystical power through which Jedi Knights in the Star Wars franchise are able to wield a lightsaber, perform telekinesis and influence people's minds.

"No we don't worship Yoda," said Ally Thompson, a 'padawan' of a Jedi group in Texas. "And telekinesis is not something that we necessarily do - at least not like in the movies. But I won't deny that the Force is very present in our teachings. Some people call it magic."

While it may seem like a strange belief system to subscribe to, Jediism at least appears to have its heart in the right place with a strong emphasis on helping and benefiting others.

"With Jediism...our religious observance is found through service to the community," said Jedi Knight Andy Spaulding from Kentucky. "Service is sort of what we do for prayer."

   
Source: Daily Mail | Comments (45)

Tags: Jedi, Star Wars


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #36 Posted by DieChecker on 5 November, 2013, 2:15
I also wonder if the Jedi Believers use anything else out of the Star Wars Universe? Do they go on quests to find Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Hayden Chrisitanson, Ewan McGregor, Frank Oz, Sam Jackson and Natalie Portman? Do they put those actors' pictures on the wall? Do they refer to the Jedi Timeline as to the Founding of their Order and the main Characters involved. Are they concerned about the Sith? It is hard to take seriously something that was invented in a Sci-Fi movie.
Comment icon #37 Posted by SkepticalB on 5 November, 2013, 2:17
I don't think anyone has wanted to find Hayden Christanson since the early 2000's
Comment icon #38 Posted by libstaK on 5 November, 2013, 2:46
Honestly, if we are heading down the road of make religions of sci-fi concepts - I'd rather be beamed up by Scotty.
Comment icon #39 Posted by DieChecker on 5 November, 2013, 5:57
I'd rather be a follower of the . (Babylon 5)
Comment icon #40 Posted by DieChecker on 5 November, 2013, 20:28
Or maybe Whovians (Doctor Who). Who rush over to help everyone and anyone anywhere at any time, regardless of danger... But in a most intellegent manner. Whovians also don't believe in killing, while Jedi practice melee combat as part of their devotions.
Comment icon #41 Posted by coolguy on 6 November, 2013, 5:08
Where do I sign up.
Comment icon #42 Posted by homo.liberis on 27 November, 2013, 19:40
From memory this started due to a census form in the 90's not having a tick box for 'no religion'. And proves 175,000 people out of 70-odd million in the UK have a healthy sense of humour...
Comment icon #43 Posted by Azznerak the Black on 23 December, 2013, 18:33
I'll wait until the Temple of the Sith opens.
Comment icon #44 Posted by Gromdor on 24 December, 2013, 7:26
Order and Obedience, eh? Despite all the sneakiness and terrible things they did, I favor the Shadows philosophy.
Comment icon #45 Posted by Paranoid Android on 24 December, 2013, 8:46
Why not accept that truth was a three-edged sword? The Vorlon's version, the Shadow's version, and the truth. That's what Sheridan concluded.
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