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Jedi Church Opens in North Wales
Posted: 21 January 2008 04:18 PM   [ Ignore ]
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A Jedi ‘church’ has been born in a galaxy far far away - North Wales.

The Holyhead chapter of the self-styled Jedi Church, which claims up to 400,000 members worldwide, has sprung up thanks to brothers Barney and Daniel Jones, both Star Wars obsessives.

The ‘church’ is only one of a handful around the planet, said hairdresser Barney, 26, the Anglesey Order Minister, also known as Master Jonba Hehol.

“Some people think it is quite interesting and will be interested but lots of people will ridicule us because it seems quite nerdy but we’ve had a good reaction so far,” he said.

“We think of it as proper lifestyle enhancement and it should be taken seriously, it can’t be bad if it makes life better.

“We live normal day-to-day lives. “We are trying to take away the humour of it all and bring more structure so people take it more seriously.”

The ‘religion’ was born as a result of a nationwide joke in the 2001 census when nearly 400,000 claimed their belief system was Jedi.

And now Barney and musician Daniel, 21 - or Master Morda Hehol, self-appointed UK ‘church’ leader - are getting their new ‘religion’ off the ground.

“It’s serious,” said Barney. “We will have teachings based on Yoda, the 900-year-old grand master, readings, essays submitted, meditation and relaxation, visualisation and discuss healthy eating.

“The Jedi religion is about life improvement, inner peace and changing your lifestyle so you have a more fulfilling existence.

“It’s based on the films but we have brought things into it because the films are a bit more sci-fi.

“But we have developed on the film’s teachings, introducing teachings we believe the Jedi Knights would seek.

“We used to watch the films over and over again and it came about from that.”

There will be no chance of their empire striking back at people who mock the Jedi, as they are a peace-loving bunch, said Barney.

The Anglesey order has 80 worshippers - whose uniform is head-to-toe black - but is growing daily, said Barney - who as a master wears brown hooded robes.

And when a building has been found to home the movement the brothers aim to provide light sabre fighting classes.

‘Worshippers’ will take a series of tests to scale the Jedi hierarchy.

Plans have also been made to open a Jedi ‘Church’ in Surrey and in the Philippines to follow on from America’s first in Florida.

http://www.metro.co.uk/news/article.html?in_article_id=84822&in_page_id=34

Ooookay… rolleyes

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Posted: 21 January 2008 04:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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What fun.

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Posted: 21 January 2008 04:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Well, basing a weird religion on science fiction stories worked for Scientology…

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Posted: 21 January 2008 04:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Ooh, maybe the Jedi are here to defend us against Scientologists…. grin

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Posted: 21 January 2008 05:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Well, as long as they’re happy.  There are plenty of worse role models than the Jedi.  Unless they perform genetic experiments to try to create Jar-Jar Binks.

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Posted: 21 January 2008 05:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Madmouse - 21 January 2008 09:47 PM

Ooh, maybe the Jedi are here to defend us against Scientologists…. grin

Are they the dark side? I thought that was catholics?

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Posted: 21 January 2008 06:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Let me know when someone starts a Sith church.

(Other than the Scientologists.)

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Posted: 21 January 2008 07:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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If someone joins, do they get a light saber?  I want one

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Posted: 22 January 2008 12:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I am an ex associate - 22 January 2008 12:32 AM

If someone joins, do they get a light saber?  I want one

And when a building has been found to home the movement the brothers aim to provide light sabre fighting classes.

It looks as though they might!

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Posted: 22 January 2008 06:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Our Qui-Gon, who art With The Force, glowy be thy sabre…

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Posted: 22 January 2008 08:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I am an ex associate - 22 January 2008 12:32 AM

If someone joins, do they get a light saber?  I want one

From what I understand the construction of a lightsaber is part of the Jedi training… so I suppose you dont “get one” but Im sure you get taught how to make one?

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Posted: 22 January 2008 10:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Lightsaber creation is sort of a weeding out process in the Jedi academy.  Anyone who screws up usually blows up really good. grin

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