See also Reverend Loveshade
A sockpuppet (Discordian) aka sock puppet (Erisian) is a wholey Discordian puppet controlled by a Discordian/Erisian sockpuppeteer. Sockpuppets are authorized to perform the sacred rituals of Discordianism, especially as a mediatory agent between corporeal and incorporeal entities (and to freak the normals/mundanes/Pinks/Greyfaces).
(Warning: this section may be too close to the Truth)
Early Discordians Gregory Hill, Robert Newport, Robert Shea, Kerry Thornley, Robert Anton Wilson all used sockpuppets before the term meant more than a puppet made from a sock. These were more than pseudonyms/pennames; they used these deceptively, to fool people into thinking they were someone else/more than one person. Shea and Wilson famously used sockpuppets to write themselves letters while they were editors at Playboy; they would then answer those letters using their editor names.
Sockpuppets have the authority or power to administer religious rites; in particular, rites of sacrifice to, and propitiation of, Goddess Eris aka Discordia. Their office or position is the sockpuppethood, a term which also may apply to such persons collectively. A sockpuppet may have the duty to hear graphically-explicit confessions periodically, give cabal counseling, provide precopulatory counseling, give spiritual misdirection, teach catma, or visit those confined indoors, such as the sick in mental institutions, jails, prisons, and Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst's house.
A list of known Discordian sockpuppets (and their known sockpuppeteers) is below.
*denotes an anti-sockpuppeteer
- Camden Benares (Felix Pendragon, The Count of Fives)
- Darlene Campbell (Chirp Darlene)
- *Brenton Clutterbuck (PlacidDingo)
- Adam Gorightly (CENSORED)
- Paganus Grimlove (Zeus)
- Pope Hildegard (Hildegard Poppe)
- Gregory Hill (Ignotum Per Ignotius, Mad Malik, Malaclypse the Younger, Rev. Dr. Occupant....)
- Kayla Lestrange (Dolphin Blue)
- Sondra London (The Erisian Elestria)
- Lorien Loveshade (Princess Unicornia)
- Robert Newport (Brother Hypocrates Magoun)
- *Roger Penrose (Hamish Howl, The Good Reverend Roger, Sam Tarwell....)
- S. John Ross (Pope Leo, Patriarch Wilhelm Leonardo Pesher-Principle)
- Mary "Minnie Rae" Simpson (Wendy Darling)
- Robert Shea (Josh the Dill)
- *Irene Silva (Lodane, Lodane Erisian, Luteus, Nonesuch Entity....)
- Miley Spears (Sister Creamy)
- Gypsie Skripto (Thornbeak)
- Kerry Thornley (Ho Chi Zen, Jesse Sump, Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst, Purple Sage....)
- Michael Arthur Quinn (The Midget)
- Peter Lamborn Wilson (Hakim Bey)
- Robert Anton Wilson (Pope Bob, Hagbard Celine, Robert Edward Wilson....)
- Mindy Yuko (Fairy Princess Yoshikyoko)
- ...Everybody Else (Reverend Loveshade)