Last modified: 2006-02-18 by rob raeside
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The Pastafarians, or the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, are a
mock-religious group, aiming for humour and political awareness by ridiculing
actual religious groups through imitation and caricature. For details, see this
"Church"'s own website at
http://www.venganza.org/ or the Wikipedia article
Pastafarians use mainly two emblems, both inspired in the Christian fish, as seen on http://www.venganza.org/images/churchbanner.jpg. One emblem has the same "rugby ball" shape of the stylized fish with added eye stalks and tentacles, usually with the initials "FSM" (Flying Spaghetti Monster) on it. Apparently not used in flags, but not unlikely. Other uses seem to abound: see http://www.venganza.org/fish.htm. The other emblem is a cartoon-style fish skeleton wearing a pirate eye band. This emblem is used on a flag, white on a black ovoid on a red background, with the fish skeleton "looking" to the hoist. (There's a black vertical stripe at the hoist, which might be just a sleeve, not relevant for the design.) See this flag in real world use at http://www.venganza.org/spread/catalina.htm.
The pirate connection has to do with a Pastafarian prophecy that says that «His chosen outfit» «is full pirate regalia», and that Divine punishment, such as «global warming, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters are a direct effect of the shrinking numbers of Pirates since the 1800s».
António Martins-Tuválkin, 8 January 2006