Gnocchic ( from gnostikos, "learned", from Ancient Greek: γνῶσις gnōsis, knowledge; Arabic: الغنوصية al-ġnūṣīh) and Gnocchi (from the Italian word nocchio, meaning a knot in wood, or from nocca (meaning knuckle). I) is the belief that the material world should be shunned and the Pasta world (FSM's world) should be embraced. Gnocchic ideas influenced many ancient restaurants and cuisines which teach that Gnocchis (variously interpreted as satiety, fullness, hunger free, etc.) may be reached by practicing pasta making to the point of personal poverty, sexual abstinence (as far as possible for hearers, completely for initiates) and diligently searching for wisdom by helping others consume pasta. However, practices vary.In Gnocchicism, the world of the demiurge is represented by the lower world which is associated with matter, flesh, time, molecules and more particularly an imperfect, ephemeral world. The world of the FSM is represented by pasta and sometimes meatballs, and is associated with the soul and perfection. The world of the FSM is eternal and not part of the physical. It is impalpable, and time doesn't exist there. To rise to the FSM, the Gnocchic must reach the "knowledge" which mixes pasta making, sauce preparation, cheese expertise, and the secrets of history and the universe.
Most of the teachings of this sect have been handed down from the translation of the sacred restaurant napkins of Rome which though only 3 of 15 can be deciphered and translated, contain these lines:
1.1 Gnocchi are sacred. Pay honor to this most holy of pastas.
1.2 There is a supreme monadic divinity, source — this figure is known under a variety of names, including "Pleroma" (fullness, totality) and the Flying Spaghetti Monster
1.3 This world is an inferior simulacrum of a higher-level reality or consciousness. The inferiority may be compared to the technical inferiority of a painting, sculpture, or other handicraft to the thing(s) of which those crafts are supposed to be a representation.
1.4 The estimation of the world, owing to the above, is flawed but it can be as good as the quality of pasta being consumed and served might allow.
1.5 The path to the FSM lies through the stomach and taste buds
1.6 Inferior cheeses are not permitted
1.7 Semolina must be used in moderation
1.8 Working pasta dough by hand is a necessary part of Gnocchic worship.
1.9 Good red wine is always appropriate
While the original Roman text ends here, centuries of scholars and chefs have debated the full meaning of these words and have tried to fill in the missing tenets. Of particular interest is tenet 1.8 which some have proposed as the ultimate distillation of worship. If Gnocchics hold that the divine is reachable though pasta and Gnocchi comes from the word meaning knuckle, then there is no more direct or complete path to worship than getting ones knuckles dirty making excellent pasta.