Matrixism

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A "", the Japanese character figure for red, the sign of Matrixism

Matrixism or The path of the One is a new religion based on the movie The Matrix.[1][2][3][4] It was started by a group of people in the year 2004.[5][6] By the year 2005, Matrixism had over 300 members[2][6][7][8] and it was seen in books and newspapers.[9][10][11][12] There are now 16,000 members of Matrixism.[13]

Matrixism is a syncretic religion (a religion that joins together all religions). The words "the matrix" are seen in a Baha'i book from the year 1912 named "The Promulgation (starting) of Universal (complete international) Peace".[5][14][15] Matrixism uses this fact to make a connection to the history of world religion but the three Matrix motion pictures are Matrixism's Bible (prime book).[7]

Matrixism has four beliefs called "The Four Tenets (rules) of Matrixism". The four rules are; 1) Belief in the prophecy of the One. 2) Use of psychedelics (mind expansion medicine) as sacrament. 3) Seeing the relative nature of the world. 4) Acting by the rules of one of the world's religions.[8] For Matrixism April 19th is a holiday (special day) named Bicycle Day.[16] November 22nd is another holiday for Matrixism named the Day of Remembrance and Reflection. Aldous Huxley, John F. Kennedy and C.S. Lewis all died on this day in 1963.

The sign for Matrixism is , the Japanese kanji for the word "red". This sign was used in the computer game Enter the Matrix. The color is a reference to the "red pill", from the motion picture The Matrix, which is representative of being able to see that which is true.[17] The word (sign) 赤 is also a Chinese word (character). In fact, the Japanese kanji is from a Chinese character.

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Morris, Linda (May 19 2005). "They're all god movies". NPR. http://www.smh.com.au/news/National/Theyre-all-god-movies/2005/05/18/1116361618786.html. Retrieved 2006-08-05.
  3. Moscaritolo, Maria (12 June 2006). "Matter of faith". News Limited Australia. http://www.newstext.com.au/docs/ADV/2004/get.jsp?docid=ADV-20041223-1-019-2122103V38@SA-METRO-2004-2003. Retrieved 2007-04-24.
  4. J. Gordon Melton (2007). "Perspective New New Religions: Revisiting a Concept". Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions (The Regents of the University of California) 10 (4): 103–112. ISSN 1092-6690. http://caliber.ucpress.net/doi/pdf/10.1525/nr.2007.10.4.103.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Possamai, Adam (2005). "Religion and Popular Culture: A Hyper-Real Testament", Peter Lang Publishing Group. ISBN 90-5201-272-5 / US-ISBN 0-8204-6634-4 pb.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Jordison, Sam (April 8 2006). "Everything you always wanted to know about sects". The Scotsman. http://living.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=539792006. Retrieved 2007-05-04.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Johnson, Phil (April 10 2005). "Matrixism". Circle of Pneuma. http://circleofpneuma.blogspot.com/2005/04/matrixism.html. Retrieved 2007-04-02.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Jordison, Sam (2005). The Joy of Sects: An A-Z of Cults, Cranks and Religious Eccentrics: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sects But Were Afraid to Ask, pp 127–9, Robson Books. ISBN 1861059051
  9. Kasriel, Alex (2006). "The joy of sects". The Sun. http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,5-2005590116,00.html. Retrieved 2007-06-03.
  10. Kazan, Casey (19 April 2007). "Matrixism -"The Path of the One" Religious Movement". Daily Planet. http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2007/04/the_matrix_neo_.html. Retrieved 2007-06-03.
  11. ""Nieuw geloof"". Esquire Magazine Netherlands. 24 May 2007. http://www.esquire.nl/lifestyle/article.aspx?aid=149. Retrieved 2007-06-14. "English translation: Because there is nothing more fun than discussing a film, 1400 fans of the film have set up a new religion, Matrixism (not to be confused with Marxism). Just like their hero Neo from The Matrix, they release themselves from The Matrix with a red pill."
  12. "Matrixism -"The Path of the One"". Esquire Magazine UK (Zinio). January 19, 2007. http://www.zinio.com/search?q=Matrixism&d=mc. "The 1,400 worldwide "Matrixists", or "Pathists", say that three Matrix films are their religious texts. Like Matrix hero Neo, they choose to free themselves from the Matrix".
  13. Kotelawala, Himal (14 June 2008). "Behind Matrixism". The Sunday Times Sri Lanka. http://www.sundaytimes.lk/080615/Mirror/mirror006.html. Retrieved 2008-06-19.
  14. Kohn, Rachael. The Spirit of Things, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio National, August 20, 2006.
  15. Whibley, Amanda (18 November 2005). "God.com: Preaching the Word in a consumer-driven world". University of Western Sydney. http://apps.uws.edu.au/media/news/index.phtml?act=view&story_id=1342. Retrieved 2007-03-24.
  16. Hofmann, Albert (1980). "From Remedy to Inebriant". LSD: My Problem Child. New York: McGraw-Hill. p. 29. ISBN 978-0070293250. http://www.flashback.se/archive/my_problem_child/chapter5.html.
  17. Wachowski Brothers. The Matrix [DVD]. Warner Bros.

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