The Pastafarian prayer

The Pastafarian prayer is an activity carried out by the followers of the satirical-religious movement, in order to worship its deity, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, as a means to achieve communication with him, seeking to receive his favor.

A parody of religion

The religion of the Pastafarianism is a movement started by Bobby Henderson, with the purpose of criticizing the decision of the Kansas State Board of Education to admit the inclusion of teaching of the hypothesis of the intelligent design in the educative curriculum, pretending to compare its validity to that of the Theory of Darwinian Evolution.

Henderson sent an open letter to the State Board, in which he protested against the decision to include the hypothesis of intelligent design in the curriculum as a valid alternative to the Theory of Evolution, yielding to the pressure of Christian fundamentalist groups. In his letter, Henderson exposes his faith in a supernatural being similar to a ball of spaghetti with meatballs and demands that his hypothesis of intelligent design to be taught in schools like any other creationist theory.

A protest against the teaching of intelligent design

Henderson’s goal was to highlight the absurdity of the claims of intelligent design advocates. His followers echoed that goal by performing sarcastic rituals that parody the beliefs of other religions. One such ritual is the Pastafarian prayer since the devotees of the Flying Spaghetti Monster have a prayer book composed of several prayers that, in general, praise the Flying Spaghetti Monster, making references to its power and magnificence, with references to food and condiments as well. The Pastafarians must finish their prayers with the word “R’amen“, which is a parodic version of the Christian “Amen” mixed with the Japanese word “ramen”, which is a type of noodle broth.

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