Mung is computer jargon for “to make repeated changes which individually may be reversible, yet which ultimately result in an unintentional, irreversible destruction of large portions of the original item.”
Appropriate activities include thigh-slapping, laughing, ripping off other people’s ideas, and hunting cabbages.
Participants in Operation Mindfuck that share a sense of irony will focus on strategies that use ignorance to frustrate Greyface.
The Coming of the Great White Handkerchief will almost certainly be on Mungday.
On the teachings and imitations of Saint Hung Mung
Hung Mung is a Sage of Ancient China and Official Erisian Missionary to the Heathen Chinese. He who originally devised The Sacred Chao. Patron of the Season of Chaos.
On Setting Orange Chaos 5 (January 5th), Erisians set aside the day to remember and commune with Saint Hung Mung, whose name means Primal Chaos, sage of Ancient China, Official Missionary to the Heathens, leader of Operation Mindfuck.
This is the season of Chaos, the ancient universe as earliest humans saw it, where anything and everything is Real. Apostle Hung Mung came out of this mindset and planted the seeds of the Taoist religion, whose followers don’t apply their force to the universe, but instead allow the universe to guide their force.
Hung Mung appears in the writings of old Chaung Tzu, where he responds to the inquiries of Great Knowledge by by laughing and slapping his knee and shouting, “I don’t know! I don’t know!” His name 鴻蒙 means “silly goose” in Chinese, and the Planet Eris was discovered on Mung Day, 3171… Hail Eris!
A Mungday Tale
by Dr Jon Swabey
“Great Knowledge was traveling east, carried along upon the wings of a whirlwind. Suddenly he met Hung Mung, who was jumping around, slapping his thighs and hopping like a bird. Great Knowledge saw this and stopped dead, standing still in respect, and said, ‘Elderly man, who are you? What are you doing?’
Hung Mung continued to slap his thighs and hop like a bird, then replied, ‘Enjoying myself!
Great Knowledge said, ‘I would like to ask a question.’
Hung Mung looked at Great Knowledge and said, ‘That’s a shame!’
Great Knowledge said, ‘The very breath of Heaven is no longer in harmony. Earth’s very breath is ensnared, the six breaths do not mix, the four seasons do not follow each other. Now I want to combine the six breaths in order to bring life to all things. How do I do this?’
Hung Mung slapped his thighs, hopped around and said, ‘I don’t know, I don’t know!’
Great Knowledge could go no further with his questioning. But three years later, traveling east, he passed the wilderness of Sung and came upon Hung Mung again. Great Knowledge, very pleased, rushed towards him, stood before him and said, ‘Heaven, have you forgotten me? Heaven, have you forgotten me?’ Bowing his head twice, he asked for teaching from Hung Mung.
Hung Mung said, ‘Wandering everywhere, without a clue why. Wildly impulsive, without a clue where. I wander around in this odd fashion, I see that nothing comes without reason. What can I know?’
Great Knowledge replied, ‘I also seem carried on by an aimless influence, and yet the people follow me wherever I go. I cannot help their doing so. But now as they thus imitate me, I wish to hear a word from you.’
Hung Mung said, ‘Ah! your mind needs to be nourished. Do you only take the position of doing nothing, and things will of themselves become transformed. Neglect your body; cast out from you your power of hearing and sight; forget what you have in common with things; cultivate a grand similarity with the chaos of the plastic ether; unloose your mind; set your spirit free; be still as if you had no soul. Of all the multitude of things every one returns to its root. Every one returns to its root, and does not know that it is doing so. They all are as in the state of chaos, and during all their existence they do not leave it. They do not ask its name; they do not seek to spy out their nature; and thus it is that things come to life of themselves.'”
Not claiming to know anything, Primal Chaos reveals everything to informed curiosity – though not usually in a very orderly format. In becoming acquainted with this sage who knows nothing and does not care that he does not know anything, we can learn enough to accomplish nearly anything.”
The 8th day of Chaos is the special holiday:
Commemorating the Life and Memory of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, who left us on this day in 3046 YOLD. Celebrated at Colma gravesite.
Imperator Norton issued his own money in the form of scrips which were accepted from him by restaurants and shops in San Francisco. These notes came in denominations between fifty cents and ten dollars, and the few surviving notes are collector’s items. The city of San Francisco also honored Imperator. When his uniform began to look shabby, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors bought him a suitably imperial replacement. Norton sent a gracious thank you note and issued a “patent of nobility in perpetuity” for each supervisor.
Backwards Day, Reformed (more properly, demrofeR, yaD sdrawkcaB). Day to do things backwards. Walk backwards, dress backwards, talk backwards.
(Driving backwards on a busy freeway is not recommended. In some jurisdictions, it’s not advisable to wear a back-less dress or thong bikini backwards. But it could be fun)
Doing or wearing things inside out or upside down also count. Check your favorite recordings forbackwards masking. Pray to sirE (or Aidrocsid). Hate what you love, love what you hate. Children can tell their parents, “Go clean your room and do your homework,” and parents can tell their children, “If you don’t eat your dessert, you won’t get any vegetables.” Unless, of course, that’s your usual pattern.
(Note that ED-sect chose this date as Backwards Day because both the Gregorian and Erisian Dates can be written as 01 10 or 10 01, both of which are the same backwards.)
Binary Day, for those who recognize 26 of Chaos as Backwards Day. It’s basically the same holiday, but focuses more on the bi part.
Chaos 11. Remembering the Life and Words of Saint Mordecai the Foul, who left us on this day in 3173 YOLD.
Wavy Gravy once asked a Zen Roshi, “What happens after death?”
The Roshi replied, “I don’t know.”
Wavy protested, “But you’re a Zen Master!”
“Yes,” the Roshi admitted, “but I’m not a dead Zen Master.”
It is day of the Circumcision of the Christ in orthodox tradition according to the Julian calendar (in Catholicism and Protestantism – is celebrated 13 days earlier according to the Gregorian calendar). Accordingly since 3267 YOLD it will be celebrated on Chaos 15 next 100 years. The majority of modern Christians (western and east traditions) do not know, from what day their era begins, they do not know religious meaning of their first day of the year, Julian and Gregorian calendars constantly shift, but the beginning of an era (first year and day) at both these traditions coincides.
The circumcision of Jesus has traditionally been seen, as explained in the once popular writing “Golden Legend“, as the first shedding of Christ’s blood, and thus the beginning of man’s redemption process, and as a demonstration that Christ is fully human and obedient to biblical law. The ceremony of circumcision in Jewish tradition is also the ceremony of naming, and so significant is the feast in both Christian calendars that it was circumcision, and not the birth of the originally nameless child, that was chosen as the starting point of the Christian era. Also, in connection with this festive event it is worth mentioning the Christian relic of the Holy Prepuce (part of the skin of the penis) of Jesus Christ, which appeared as a result of his circumcision. It is alleged that the prepuce was stolen during the Sack of Rome, after which it was allegedly found in a prison cell of the German soldier involved in the sacking. Then, the prepuce was kept for centuries in the comune of Calcata until it was stolen again by a local priest. In Jewish tradition, the circumcision ceremony is called the brit milah, and according to the scriptures, a specially trained person called a mohel sucks blood from a wound on the baby’s penis with his mouth. Until now, many Jewish communities follow this ancient tradition.
Erisians know that the 1st day of the 1st year of the Christian era – the day of Сircumcision of the Christian god-man – is the 1st Chaos of 1167 YOLD, the anniversary of the feast of Peleus, on which the Goddess presented the Apple of Discord to gods. On this day, the Erisians celebrate the feast of Peleus in Orthodox tradition, the anniversary of the presentation of the divine gift, in the form of a Golden Apple.
Chaos 17. Celebrating the Birth of Joshua Abraham Norton on this day in 2981 YOLD.
Discordians believe everybody should live like Norton.
Chaos 18. Honor the ECG Mascot (and Ek-sen-trik Discordian Brigadier and Patron Saint) by consuming something with or associated with pineapple. Creativity is encouraged. This is the only day the Order of the Pineapple can be presented.