Ancient Discordian Document: The Origin of the Sacred Chao and the Law of Fives

The Original Sacred Chao (OSC).
Courtesy of the Discordian Archives.

One of the earliest documents charting the development of Discordianism is dated Feb 2, 1964, written by Kerry Thornley not long after he moved from New Orleans to Arlington, Virginia in the aftermath of the JFK assassination brouhaha.

Among the many discordant highlights to be found in this document includes the first ever (hand drawn) image of the Sacred Chao, which it now can be announced was the brainchild of our beloved Mr. Thornley!

Page 3 of the ancient Discordian document dated Feb 2, 1964
written by Kerry Thornley containing the origin of the Sacred Chao.
Courtesy the Discordian Archives.

Not long after Thornley cooked up this chaos, Greg Hill gussied the image up and used it for the cover of the first edition of the Principia Discordia: Or How the West was Lost. And the rest, as they say, is Discordian History.

Greg Hill's adaption of the Sacred Chao, created sometime in 1964.
Courtesy of the Discordian Archives.

On page 5 (of course) of this chaotic document, we find what I believe was the first ever reference to the Law of Fives, again straight out of Kerry Thornley’s curious brain:

“The Law of Fives is simply a Discordian law that says everything happens in fives. For example: the pentagon always has five sides; the five day work week has five days; there are five pillars of nonsense; five is a number often found in math books. Oh, the list is endless! At appropriate times therefore, for differentiation, we will refer to the Discordian pentagon as the Sign of Five. Rally ‘round the Five, boys!”

A link for this 9-page ancient Discordian document is
available for download here!

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4 Responses to Ancient Discordian Document: The Origin of the Sacred Chao and the Law of Fives

  1. “…Rally ‘round the Five, boys!”– this led, no doubt to the ‘high five’ …

  2. Magister Luder says:

    Why was my comment censored? Please tell, it’s quite disappointing.
    Robert Anton rolling in his grave.
    Hail Eris.

  3. Gorightly says:

    Greetings Magister Luder! Nothing was censored as far as I know. Everything goes through a spam filter and needs to be approved, so on occasion some comments might slip between the cracks or accidentally get shit-canned. Hail Eris!

  4. The MGT. says:

    Magister Luder,

    I went a-lookin’ in the ol’ Discordian Archives super secret comment database and didn’t find a previous comment that may have been accidentally tagged as spam or some such. It seems to have disappeared into the ether.

    All I can believe is, praise Eris, another Erisian Mystery!

    Please repost if you have the hankerin’.

    No Whistling! –The MGT.

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