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Pythonism is a joke religion with no formal existence but often referred to in skeptical circles. It supposes that the members of the British comedy troupe Monty Python are regarded as prophets and messiahs by their fans, and that their comedy sketches are considered works of holy writ. There is also the implication that Python scripture predates the Christian canon, and hence the latter is seen (by Pythonists) as an offensive parody of the former.
Its first known appearance is in a sketch of the British television sketch-comedy show Not the Nine O'Clock News (Nt9N), which was a satire of the Christian-activist furor over the (real) Monty Python movie The Life of Brian.
- As a Pythonist, I am deeply, deeply offended: the Nt9N sketch (direct link)