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The word ‘Jedi’ is de­rived from the Ja­panese word “jidaigeki”, which trans­lates as “pe­riod drama” (specif­i­cally samu­rai TV soap op­eras). Ge­orge Lu­cas says he saw a jidaigeki episode in Japan around a year be­fore A New Hope was made, and the word stayed with him.


Lu­cas’s first treat­ment for A New Hope men­tions Jedi in the open­ing sen­tence – al­beit in a slightly dif­fer­ent form. Star Wars was “...the story of Mace Windu, a revered Jedi-bendu of Opuchi who was re­lated to Usby CJ Thape, a Padawaan learner to the famed Jedi…” Sa­muel L Jack­son would even­tu­ally play Mace Windu in Star Wars Episode I: The Phan­tom Men­ace, some 25 years af­ter those words were first writ­ten.


In Star Wars lore, an or­der known as “Je’Daii” came be­fore the mod­ern Jedi. The Je’Daii stud­ied and used both the light and dark sides of the Force equally.


The Jedi or­der was founded as a re­li­gious or­gan­i­sa­tion, fo­cused on study­ing, and wor­ship­ping the light side of the Force. The Jedi de­tached them­selves from emo­tion, liv­ing as monks as they ex­plored the galaxy – be­fore set­tling on the ice planet Ilum, where they dis­cov­ered the Ky­ber crys­tals that chan­nel the Force to power their tra­di­tional weapon, the lightsaber.


We learn in Star Wars: The Clone Wars that Jedi war­riors go through a rit­ual known as “the gath­er­ing” , which re­quires Jedi younglings to find a Ky­ber crys­tal most at­tuned to their Force pres­ence. They then con­struct a lightsaber us­ing their crys­tal, be­fore be­ing cho­sen as a Padawan learner by a Jedi mas­ter.


The Jedi code runs as fol­lows: “There is no emo­tion, there is peace. There is no ig­no­rance, there is knowl­edge. There is no pas­sion, there is seren­ity. There is no chaos, there is har­mony. There is no death, there is the Force.” The code also dic­tates that Jedi Knights and Jedi Mas­ters must not take on more than one Padawan at a given time, and for­bids Jedi from form­ing at­tach­ments, such as mar­riage, fam­ily and ro­man­tic love. Be­cause all life is pre­cious to the Jedi, they’re also banned from killing un­armed op­po­nents, and they’re not al­lowed to seek re­venge. Easy way to re­mem­ber it? The Sith get to do all the fun stuff.


“The Lost Twenty” is a term given to a group of Jedi Mas­ters (20 in to­tal, obvs) who left the Jedi Or­der through­out its his­tory. The first twelve left the Jedi Or­der to be­come “Dark Jedi” who founded the first Sith Em­pire.


In 2001, 390,127 res­i­dents of Eng­land and Wales (al­most 0.8% of the pop­u­la­tion) stated their re­li­gion as Jedi on their of­fi­cial Cen­sus forms, sur­pass­ing Sikhism, Ju­daism, and Bud­dhism, which meant it was the fourth-largest re­ported re­li­gion in the UK.


The first A New Hope treat­ment was orig­i­nally ti­tled “The Jour­nal of the Whills” – this term has been folded into canon, with “the Jour­nal of the Whills” ap­pear­ing in the nov­el­i­sa­tion of The Force Awak­ens (in Rogue One, Chirrut Îmwe and Baze Mal­bus, pro­tec­tors of the Tem­ple of the Ky­ber, are de­scribed as guardians of the Whills). The jour­nal is a mys­te­ri­ous di­ary that men­tions the Jedi, in a verse la­beled “7:477” that’s about the dark and light side of the Force. It runs as fol­lows: “First comes the day, then comes the night. Af­ter the dark­ness shines through the light. The dif­fer­ence, they say, is only made right by the re­solv­ing of grey through re­fined Jedi sight.” Be­cause the jour­nal is part of mod­ern canon, fans ex­pect it to be ex­plored in The Last Jedi.


The term “Grey Jedi” has two mean­ings. It’s used by Jedi and Sith to de­scribe Force users who are able to bal­ance the light and dark sides of the Force with­out sur­ren­der­ing to the dark side. It also de­scribes Jedi who op­er­ated out­side the stric­tures of the Jedi Code. To be con­sid­ered a true Grey Jedi you’d need to meet both qual­i­fi­ca­tions. Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Repub­lic’s Jolee Bindo is one of the ear­li­est ex­am­ples of a canon­i­cal Grey Jedi, and many fans be­lieve that Luke Sky­walker will be con­firmed as a Grey Jedi in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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