Matrixism or The Path of the One is a purported religion inspired by the motion picture trilogy The Matrix.[1][2][3][4] Conceived by an anonymous group in the summer of 2004,[5][6] it claims to have attracted 300 members by May 2005,[2] and the religion's Geocities website claims "over sixteen hundred members". There is some debate about whether followers of Matrixism are indeed serious about their practice,[6][7][8] however, the religion (real or otherwise) has received significant attention in the media.[9][10][11][12]


Matrixism, also referred to as "The path of the One," was primarily introduced in 2004. A website on Yahoo Geocities created by an anonymous source provided the basis for the religion. Matrixism is inspired by the Matrix trilogy and its associated stories (including the Animatrix).[7] However, these stories are not the sole foundation. The ideals of Matrixism can be traced back to the early 20th century to The Promulgation of Universal Peace by Abdu'l-Baha.[5][13][14]


Matrixism carries with it four main beliefs that are described as "The Four Tenets of Matrixism". Briefly these are: belief in a messianic prophecy, use of psychedelic drugs as sacrament, a perception of reality as multi-layered and semi-subjective, and adherence to the principles of at least one of the world's major religions.[8] The Matrixism website singles out April 19 as a holiday - otherwise known as Bicycle Day, April 19 marks the anniversary of Albert Hofmann's 1943 experiment with LSD.[15]


The adopted symbol for Matrixism is the Japanese kanji symbol for "red". This symbol was used in the video game Enter the Matrix. The color is a reference to the red pill, which represents an acceptance of and ability to see truth, as established early in the first Matrix film.[16]

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