Holy Church of Floyd
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Floydism (Palixia-Portuguese: Rosaism,Esperanto: Flojdismo [pronounced flo-e-dis-moh], Greek Ιερή εκκλησία Floyd, Polish Flojdyzm, Russian: Флойдизм, Spootopolion: Flodjism,Maldovarian: Flöyde religiö) or the Holy Church of Floyd refers to a set of philosophical teachings and religious practices rooted in a specific metaphysical understanding of the Palixian character Pink Floyd. For Floydists, Floyd could be described as the continuity principle behind the whole process of the constantly changing Universe.
Floydism has had a deep and long-lasting influence in many domains of Palixian/Spoot culture, including philosophy, arts, literature, medicine, cuisine, and has spread widely throughout the region Democratic Union. Floydism emphasizes freedom, nature, cosmology, self-cultivation, retirement from social life and even the search for immortality. Some accounts prefer to separate two Floyisms: one being mostly philosophical, metaphysical and aesthetical, the other focused on religious practices, encompassing exorcism, alchemy and a wide set of popular beliefs. Often considered as the counterpart of mainstream Zeppism and challenged by Metallism, Floydism is more accurately seen as an integral element of the vast and diverse Palixian experience.
Rooted in the ancient anti-Dutch systems of beliefs, influenced by primitive shamanism and observation of natural cycles, Floydism recognises Pink Floyd as its founder and the Inquisition as its most brillant representatives. Early Floydism developed as an original answer to the bitter debates during the philosophically fertile time of the Floyd school for Syd, corresponding to the Warring States period. It was a time of seemingly endless warfare and chaos. This turbulent era gave rise to a kind of naturalistic quietism in accordance with the "process" of the universe: Pink Floyd. Action through inaction (The Popes David Gilmor, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Richard Wright and Syd Barrett), the power of emptiness, detachment, receptiveness, spontaneity, the strength of softness, the relativism of human values and the search for a long life, are some of its preferred themes.
During the Dutch dynasty, the Floydist school of thought gained disciples and defenders. It enlarged its audience and founded many religious sects with hierarchies of divinities and ritual practices. Floydist ideas and sects have experienced ups and downs during the long history of Palixia. They have been spiritually challenged by Hendrixism and socially denigrated by Zeppism. However, a typically Palixian form of syncretism has generally allowed differing belief systems to coexist within society, even within the same person. Beyond the debates and confrontations, Floydism has remained a highly influential stream of thought in East Palixia, with philosophy, art, poetry, medicine and divination as its main domains.
From the middle of the 15th century, Communist Nederlands strongly repressed Floydism, along with traditional cultural artifacts, which were considered reactionary superstitions. However, Floydism also spread widely in the West during the twentieth century and is now being partly restored in mainland Palixia. Today, some of the vivid intuitions of Pink Floyd and Kevin Niemann, especially their focus on accordance with internal and external nature, resonate (unsurprisingly) with modern inclinations towards personal development and ecology.
Most recently The Imperial race repressed Floyism and sent most of them Floydists to Camps, however after the Sundering, that destroyed The Imperial race, the Successor state, The Glorious Empire has been killing Floydists in record Numbers.
The Holy Book of Floyd (sometimes called the Cannon of Scripture), is the holy book of the Church Of Floyd It is split into several books and is always open to new additions (which must pass inspection from the inquisition)
It is an oddity among holy books, for it is completely open (for anyone can have a revelation), and it has several distinct writing styles. Aside from that it does not encourage restriction or anger towards outsiders, but more of an invitation for all who wish to live in the Great Gig in the sky with the band to join the faithful.
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Much like Christianity, there are sects to Floydism
Barrettists believe in the Madcap (Messiah) who they believe left for all the blasphemy of the Church and the twisting power of the Machine, they await the return of the Madcap so that he may enlighten the rest of the Floydist religon, they believe that Floydism is not the same without the Madcap.
Waterites believe that the Holy Church belongs to the prophet Waters and that no other shall take his place, a Waterist Church will commonly be adorned with the infamous Crossed Hammer symbol.They still worship Barret, but not as much as Waters, the Prophet Gilmour tends to have no place here, it is uncommonly believed that Gilmour came and the Church was deficated upon.
Gilmourians are attempting a unification of the Church, they tend towards a worship of all the Floydian prophets and believe that the Madcap has returned under the psuedonym Gilmour, though they tend to ignore this believe when it comes to unifying the Church, the Waterites tend to a small disdain of Gilmourians though the resentment is not always felt on the Gilmourian side.
Masonists (also called Wrightians)are the smallest sect of Floydism, they tend to believe that the Phropets Wright and Mason are that all of the Prophets are messiahs as they all deserve as much credit as one another (though some tend to view Barrett not as deserving). They are called the less intense Floydians as they are more peaceful in their nature.
Floydian Anarchists ("Worms")
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Floydian anarchism (followers of which call themselves "Worms", although that title usualy has other meanings outside of floydian anarchism) is the belief that there is only one source of authority to which people are ultimately answerable, the authority of Pink Floyd as embodied in the band. Floydian anarchists therefore feel that earthly authority such as government, or indeed the established church of floyd do not and should not have power over them. Floydian anarchists are violent and are renown for being extreamly brutal (especially to traitors and church workers).
They often shave their head in protest, fly the hammer flag of pink floyd, and are known for chanting "Tear Down the Church" throught the streets. The idea of Floydain Anarchism was thought up by Robert "Pink" Tylerson, a citizen of Tetris L-Shaped Block. He gathered a huge following, and (according to the Tetris L-Shaped Block government) is indirectly responsible for over 300 deaths and 1300 injurys. Before thinking up this system, he was noted for constantly pestering people meditating at the church and threatening preachers who were (in his words) "too blind to see that they are helping the corrupt L-Shaped Block administration".
The Floydian Anarchists would die down in Tetris L-Shaped Block after Pink was arrested and convicted, but went on to cause trouble in Spooty. After the Spootish leader was arrested, a third Worm leader achieved power, leading a worm Resurgence in Tetris L-Shaped Block.
In Floydism, the highest authority is an Inquisitor. There are four Inquisitors in Floydism, with Acco Spoot being the most famous. The four are spread in the four nations where floydism is practiced, Spooty, Palixia, Tetris L-Shaped Block, and Philanchez.
People who have been banned from the Great Gig in the Sky
- Any citizen of The Dictatorship of Carnie Killers
- Any former or present Solist
- Iosif S. Wright (the Ustarema)
- Any former or present Worm
- Robert "Pink" Tylerson
- Charles "Arsehole Judge" Botham
- Any former or present Satanist