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34,420 citations from literature (mostly science fiction and fantasy) referring to real churches, religious groups, tribes, etc. [This database is for literary research only. It is not intended as a source of information about religion.]


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Group Where Year Source Quote/
Cossack Austria 1937 Dunn, J. R. "Long Knives " in Writers of the Future: Volume III (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1987); pg. 175. "He rang the doorbell and waited as the landlady inspected him from the side window, making sure he wasn't carrying a machine gun, logger's axe or a squad of Cossacks under his sport coat. "
Cossack California: Orange County 2065 Robinson, Kim Stanley. Pacific Edge. New York: Tor (1990); pg. 70. "She had a kind of Asian face, hawk-nosed and imperious. Cossack blood. The Steppes, Turkestan... "
Cossack Europe 1855 Baxter, Stephen. Anti-ice. New York: HarperCollins (1993); pg. 17. -
Cossack Europe 1918 Newman, Kim. The Bloody Red Baron. New York: Carroll & Graf (1995); pg. 36. -
Cossack Monaco 2036 Besher, Alexander. Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality. New York: Simon & Schuster (1998); pg. 36. Pg. 36: "In stepped a squat Russian gangster followed by two towering Cossack goons. "; Pg. 37: "The two Cossack bodyguards stood looking straight ahead with their arms crossed, closing the count in even further. He couldn't take much more of this, but the elevator wasn't moving. That's when he noticed hat one of the Cossacks had punched the ARRET button. " [Other refs., not in DB, e.g. pg. 77-80, 148.]
Cossack New York 1886 Irving, Washington. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. New York: Tor (1990; c. 1886); pg. 27. Sometimes his crew would be heard dashing along past the farmhouses at midnight, with whoop and halloo, like a troop of Don Cossacks; and the old dames, startled out of their sleep, would listen for a moment till the hurry-scurry had clattered by, and then exclaim, "Ay, there goes Brom Bones and his gang! "
Cossack Poland 2010 Anthony, Patricia. Cold Allies. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1993); pg. 249. "'Perhaps the snow confounds the Arabs.'

The major shook his head doubtfully. 'They are Afghanis and Cossacks and Iranians, sir. They understand cold.' "

Cossack Russia 1832 Bishop, Michael. Brittle Innings. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 245. Pg. 245, 256, 262, etc.
Cossack Ukraine 2010 Anthony, Patricia. Cold Allies. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1993); pg. 3. "There in the southern town of Brebonki the ANA [Arab National Army] lay hidden: Iranians, Iraqis, along with the more familiar killers--Uzbeks, Azerbaijanis, and Muslim Cossacks. "
Cossack United Kingdom: London 1995 Ryman, Geoff. 253. New York: St. Martin's Press (1998); pg. 271. "She is thinking of Attila, the homeless Big Issue salesman outside Waterloo. She wants him to lecture her students on English. He's a Cossack but his English is flawlessly American and colloquial. Perhaps he could explain prepositional verbs to them. As it happens, there is a lad on the course from the old Soviet Republics... How can she explain to him or herself that she is in love with a wild Cossack who worked many years on American merchant vessels? "
Cossack USA 1996 Dreyfuss. Richard & Harry Turtledove. The Two Georges. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 335. "'Crackbrained idiotic fornicating Cossack Okhrana inquisitors!' he bellowed... "
Cossack USSR 1940 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: In the Balance. New York: Ballantine (1994); pg. 136. "The measure of Hitler's damnation was that imperialist England and the United States joined the Soviets in the struggle against him. The measure of the Soviet Union's damnation (though Ludmila did not think of it in those terms) was that so many Soviet citizens--Ukrainians, Baltic peoples, Byelorussians, Tatars, Cossacks, even Great Russians--collaborated with Hitler against Moscow. "
Cossack USSR 1986 Cox, Greg. The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh: Volume One (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 342. "Komananov's hot Cossack blood boiled as she recalled... "
Cossack world 1838 Stirling, S.M. "The Charge of Lee's Brigade " in Alternate Generals (Harry Turtledove, ed.) New York: Baen (1998); pg. 66. Pg. 66, 72-78, etc. [Cossacks are apparently the major ethnic group featured in story.]
Cossack world 1996 Fry, Stephen. Making History. New York: Random House (1996); pg. 67. "'...You know in the camps there was a purple triangle too.'
'Really? Who for?'
'Take a guess.'
...'That wasn't the Gypsies?'
'Er . . . criminals then?'
'No, no.'
'Blimey. Let me see . . .'
'Yes, a strange game, is it not? To put yourself into the mind of a Nazi. You have to imagine a whole new collection of humans to hate. Have another try.'
'Interior decorators?'
'The mentally ill?'
'Er . . . Muslims?'
'No.' "
Cossack world 1997 Anthony, Patricia. Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997); pg. 310. "I was thinking of the Cossacks who had run down the Russian peasants "
Cossack world 2110 May, Julian. The Many Colored Land in The Many-Colored Land & The Golden Torc (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1981); pg. 101. "They had seen Gypsies and Cossacks and desert nomads and voortrekkers, Polynesians... "
Cossack world 2110 May, Julian. The Many Colored Land in The Many-Colored Land & The Golden Torc (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1981); pg. 139. "'Did any try to escape?'

'A few before I came. A Cossack named Prischchepa from my group...' "

Course in Miracles, A Monaco 2036 Besher, Alexander. Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality. New York: Simon & Schuster (1998); pg. 38. "Arriving in Baroness Von Kreutzberg's sixty-foot yacht, A Course in Miracles, which was anchored in Monaco's scenic harbor of Fontvieille... "
Covenant of the Goddess United Kingdom: England 1982 Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Mists of Avalon. New York: Ballantine (1984; c. 1982); pg. vi. [Acknowledgments.] "I would like to express my grateful thanks to local neopagan groups; to Alison Harlow and the Covenant of the Goddess... "
Cree Georgia, USA 2019 Burton, Levar. Aftermath. New York: Warner Books (1997); pg. 14. "The woman who stared back at her was a twenty-nine-year-old African-American... She stood a trim five foot seven, with long straight hair that was probably the hereditary result of her great-grandfather being full-blooded Cree Indian. "
Cree Minnesota 1998 Erdrich, Louise. The Antelope Wife. New York: HarperCollins (1998); pg. 157. "Here the implacable nerve of each Shawano or Roy woman stood the test, showed the bloods--French, German, Ojibwa, surely a little Cree--in all composite zeal. "
Cree Ontario: Toronto 1990 Wilson, Robert Charles. The Divide. New York: Doubleday (1990); pg. 66. Pg. 66: "Still, Tony recognized him. Tony was a quarter Cree on his mother's side and liked to think he had that old Indian thing, keeping his ear to the ground. "; Pg. 68: "But Tony was fairly smart about people (his Cree instinct, he told himself)... "
Cree USA 1992 Simmons, Dan. "Sleeping with Teeth Women " in Lovedeath. New York: Warner Books (1993); pg. 123. "And while the Blackfeet were busy slaughtering the River Crows, the Assiniboins, the Grosventre, the Crees... "
Creek Georgia, USA 2066 Bishop, Michael. Catacomb Years. New York: Berkley (1979); pg. 216. Pg. 216: "He looked like he ought to be wearing moccasins and the traditional turban of the old Creek Indians... "; pg. 220: " the old Ocmulgee Mounds. At these mounds and the territory called the Ocmulgee Old Fields, the Creek Indians had long ago formed the Creek Indian Confederacy. Several prehistoric cultures had thrived here, too. "
Creek Georgia, USA 2066 Bishop, Michael. Catacomb Years. New York: Berkley (1979); pg. 229. "'...In ten years, violatin' first this treaty, then that, he had all of us cleared out of here: Yamacraw, Creek, Yuchi, Cherokee. That [Andrew] Jackson's one dead fellow I wish was alive, jes' so I could kill him again.' " [Other refs. not in DB.]
Creek North America 1905 Gibson, William & Bruce Sterling. The Difference Engine. New York: Bantam (1991); pg. 38. "...when he'd fought a campaign under Jackson against the Indians called Creek... 'Night after night we heard the Creek fanatics howling their eerie death-songs,' Houston shouted... " [Other refs. not in DB.]
Creek Oklahoma 1914 Turtledove, Harry. The Great War: American Front (alternate history novel). New York: Ballantine (1998); pg. 244. "Sequoyah [where Oklahoma is], but itself, was a Confederate state. But within its borders lay five separate nations: those of the Creeks, Cherokees, Choctaws, Chickasaw, and Seminoles, the Five Civilized Tribes. They kept their local autonomy and guarded it with zeal... "; Pg. 245: "...Ramsey rode southeast toward the capital of the Creek Nation. Okmulgee lay in a low, broad valley, with tree-covered hills on either side... The Creek Nation Council House was a two-story brown stone building in the center of town. With the cupola rising above it, it was easily the most impressive structure in Okmulgee... Outside the Council House waited a delegation of red-skinned men in somber black suits. They had together a bunch of younger Indians who wore much more nondescript clothes--except for red bandannas tied to their left sleeves as armbands... " [There are other references in book to Creek Indians.]
Creek Oklahoma 1943 Bishop, Michael. Brittle Innings. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 11. "We were called after a renegade of Indians--Creeks, not Cherokees, but the Creeks belonged to the Five Civilized Tribes too--that'd fought General Jackson's Tennessee militiamen at Horeshoe Bend, Alabama. "
Creek Oklahoma 1959 Bison, Terry. Fire on the Mountain. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 154. "'...The Cherokee and the Creek languish in Oklahoma, stripped of their land...' "
Creek USA 1959 Bison, Terry. Fire on the Mountain. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 71. Pg. 71: "A painting showed Andrew Jackson strutting under a twenty-six-star flag across a field of dying Creek and Cherokee. "; Pg. 131; "...broke the encirclement with the first international detachment of Haitian cavalry, of Garibaldini in their red silks, of Cherokee and Creek warriors... "
Creek USA 1991 McCammon, Robert R. Boy's Life. New York: Pocket Books (1992; c. 1991); pg. 331. -
Croat Albania 1954 Ing, Dean. Blood of Eagles. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 41. "...the man returned through Yugoslavia posing as a Croat, for God's sake... "
Croat Albania 1985 Ing, Dean. Blood of Eagles. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 158. -
Croat California 1980 Knight, Damon. Beyond the Barrier. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1980; c. 1964); pg. 62. "'I'm not linguist. It isn't German, or French or Spanish, I'm quite sure. But perhaps Rumanian, or Croatian, something from that general area?...' "
Croat Croatia 1941 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: Tilting the Balance. New York: Del Rey (1995); pg. 385. Pg. 385: Croatia; Pg. 391: Croatian captain [A significant Croat character, military conflict with Croats. Other refs., not in DB, e.g. pg. 388-395, etc.]
Croat Croatia 1942 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance. New York: Del Rey (1996); pg. 6. Pg. 6: Croatia (also pg. 254)
Croat Croatia 2015 Sullivan, Tricia. Someone to Watch Over Me. New York: Bantam (1997); pg. 4. "There was a torrent of words in Croatian. " [The first part of the novel takes place in Croatia. Many refs., not in DB.]
Croat Florida 1975 Zelazny, Roger. "Some Science Fiction Paramaters: A Biased View " in Unicorn Variations. New York: Timescape (1983; story c. 1975); pg. 208. [At the launch of Apollo 14] "In the tier immediately before and below me... a European journalist was speaking rapid Serbo-Croatian... "
Croat France 1960 Le Guin, Ursula K. "The Fountains " in Orsinian Tales. New York: Harper & Row (1976); pg. 1. "They knew, having given him cause, that Dr Kereth might attempt to seek political asylum in Paris. Therefore, on the plane flying west, in the hotel, on the streets, at the meetings, even while he read his paper to the Cytology section, he was distantly accompanied at all times by obscure figures who might be explained as graduate students or Croatian microbiologists, but who had no names, or faces. "
Croat galaxy 2500 Leigh, Stephen. Dark Water's Embrace. New York: Avon (1998); pg. 328. Pg. 328: [Appendix: The Background and Lineage of Mictlan's Matriarchs and Patriarchs] "Gabriela Rusack:... Gabriela was half Syrian, half Serbo-Croat. "; Pg. xi: mali cvijet: Human, from Serbo-Croatian: 'Little Flower'--a term of endearment. " [Other refs., not in DB, e.g., pg. 165, 199.]
Croat New York: New York City 1988 Martin, George R. R. & John J. Miller. Wild Cards VII: Dead Man's Hand. New York: Bantam Books (1990); pg. 225. "'So who are you, Kid Tachyon?'

'Blaise. I'm one quarter Takisian,' he added proudly.

'Don't let it bother you, I'm one quarter Croat myself.' "

Croat New York: New York City 2015 Pohl, Frederik. The Years of the City. New York: Timescape (1984); pg. 43. "What they talked about was whose protest it was--the Puerto Rican Nationalists? some Black Power revolutionaries? the Palestinians, the Irish, the Croats? It could have been almost anyone, for there did not seem to be a cause so quixotic or a hope so forlorn that some band of assasins was not prepared to set off a bomb for it. "
Croat New York: New York City 2015 Westerfeld, Scott. Polymorph. New York: Penguin (1997); pg. 28. -
Croat world 1986 Vonnegut, Kurt. Galapagos. New York: Delacorte Press (1985); pg. 163. "Prince Richard of Croatia-Slavonia... " [Also pg. 165.]
Croat world 1998 Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Holly Lisle. In the Rift. New York: Baen (1998); pg. 135. "Remember the genocides of African tribes by other African tribes, and Cambodian regimes wiping out their own people and Serbian and Croatian killing off each other even though they were neighbors and had been all their lives. "
Croat world 1998 Ing, Dean. The Skins of Dead Men. New York: Tom Doherty Associates (1998); pg. 226. -
Croat world 2015 Willis, Connie. "Even the Queen " in Impossible Things. New York: Bantam (1994; story copyright 1992); pg. 76. "I have often wondered how on earth my mother-in-law became a mediator and what she does in all those negotiation sessions with Serbs and Catholics and North and South Koreans and Protestants and Croats. "
Croat world 2025 Ing, Dean. "Lost in Translation " in Firefight 2000. New York: Baen (1987; c. 1985); pg. 152. "'...whether you speak Tagalog or Croatian. Or Hohokam...' "
Croat world 2082 Haldeman, Joe. Buying Time. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1989); pg. 77. " wanted to speak Slovenian, Alenka's language, rather than Serbo-Croatian. "
Croat Yugoslavia 1990 Maggin, Elliot S. Kingdom Come. New York: Time Warner (1998); pg. 209. "...Tito had promptly banished the Soviets from his newly liberated country [Yugoslavia], becoming a leader among nonaligned heads of state and spending most of the remainder of his life--about thirty years, as it turned out--keeping the Serbs and Muslims and Croatians and other trace ethnic groups from burning out one another's homes and families. He succeeded in this until his death, at which time Yugoslavia began to break down into ethnic conflict, and within ten years the nation built by Tito had become a land without a country. " [More.]
Crow California 1996 Bear, Greg. The Forge of God. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 108. "'We get all sorts of Ph.D's in Shoshone,' Morris said. 'Geologists, archaeologists, ethnologists--study Indians, you know. Sometimes they come into the Crow Bar...' "
Crow USA 1876 Sanders, William. "Custer Under the Baobab " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 9. "'Colonel Custer, was it not your mission to pursue and punish the savages?'

'I learned that their forces were overwhelmingly superior to mine. I saw no reason, sir, to lead my men to certain defeat.'

'And on what basis did you make this evaluation?'

'My Crow scouts reconnoitered the Sioux encampment and reported it contained thousands of warriors.' "

Crow USA 1876 Thomsen, Brian M. "Bloodstained Ground " in Alternate Generals (Harry Turtledove, ed.) New York: Baen (1998); pg. 278. "Custer had been killed by a half-breed Crow scout by the name of God Ahead who had served under him during the northern Plains campaign... " [More about Goes Ahead]
Crow USA 1907 Simmons, Dan. "Sleeping with Teeth Women " in Lovedeath. New York: Warner Books (1993); pg. 81. "'...This is not cannibalism as in the stories my grandmother told me about the Kangi Wicasha, the Crows...' " [Also pg. 87.]
Crow USA 1959 Bison, Terry. Fire on the Mountain. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 154. "'The Mericans wipe out the buffalo, string the country together with railroads and barbwire; annihilate, not just defeat, the Sioux, the Crow, the Cheyenne, the Apache, one after the other. Genocide is celebrated by adding stars to the flag...' "
Crow USA 1992 Simmons, Dan. "Sleeping with Teeth Women " in Lovedeath. New York: Warner Books (1993); pg. 111. "'I saw you come out, and my grandparents, and all the people in our camp, and others--Oglala, Lakota, Brules, Miniconjou, and others, I think--Sans Arcs, Yanktonais judging from the feathers, Crows and Shahiyela and Susuni. There were many tribes...' " [Also pg. 122.]
Crow USA 1992 Simmons, Dan. "Sleeping with Teeth Women " in Lovedeath. New York: Warner Books (1993); pg. 122. "And there were those who would scalp a Lakota boy on sight: the Susuni, whom you called Shoshoni, and the Shahiyela, the Cheyenne, and the Kangi Wicasha or Crows... " [Also pg. 129., 142.]
Crow USA 1992 Simmons, Dan. "Sleeping with Teeth Women " in Lovedeath. New York: Warner Books (1993); pg. 123. "And while the Blackfeet were busy slaughtering the River Crows, the Assiniboins, the Grosventre, the Crees... "
Crow Wyoming 1994 Ing, Dean. "Anasazi " in Anasazi. New York: Tor (1987; c. 1979); pg. 132. Pg. 132-134: "a Wyoming Crow kid " [More about this character.]
Crow Wyoming 2031 Wilson, Robert Charles. The Chronoliths. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 254. "Our lamps glowed in the darkness like the ancient sentinel fires of the Crow of the Blackfoot, the Sioux or the Cheyenne... "
cults Bajor 2376 George III, David R. Twilight (Star Trek: DS9; "Mission: Gamma " #1 of 4). New York: Pocket Books (2002); pg. 175. "There had always been issues regarding who would be the next kai, or what actions the Vedek Assembly should take in various situations, but overall the Bajoran religion had remained united. There was the Pah-wraith cult, of course, but that had never threatened overall religious accord. A true schism within the faith could, Kasidy suspected, bring tremendous turmoil to Bajor. "
cults Brazil 2045 Wilson, Robert Charles. Memory Wire. New York: Bantam (1987); pg. 45. "In time, no one asked. Speculation was abandoned to cultists, science-fiction writers, and the tabloid newspapers. "
cults Brazil 2045 Wilson, Robert Charles. Memory Wire. New York: Bantam (1987); pg. 49. "'Where do you want to go?'

'The church we passed. The dreamstone church.'

'It's a Valley church,' Byron said. 'Jungle cults. You want to sacrifice a chicken? Maybe we can arrange it.'

Keller remembered the Valley from the war. The Vale do Amenhecar was a Brazilian stone cult, one of the junk religions that had prospered since the discovery of the 'liths. It was a peasant's religion, wildly syncretic; they believed in sacred jaguars, the divinity of Christ, the imminent arrival of fleets of flying saucers. "

cults Brazil: Nova Roma 1983 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 10: "Betrayal ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Dec 1983); pg. 14. guard: "Behold the sanctuary of the Cult of Fire, where--for the glory of our gods--you will be consigned to the eternal flame! " [More, pg. 14-15, 19-22.]

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