Religious Groups in Literature

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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cults Brazil: Nova Roma 1983 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 10: "Betrayal ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Dec 1983); pg. 19. Selene: "From the moment of your birth, Amara, I knew you would someday be mine... to take, as I did your mother. Your father hoped to save you by hiding you among the Amazons--those who'd fled Rome to escape my cult--but you are as stubborn and courageous as he. You returned to help his cause. As a reward... you will share his fate. "
cults Brazil: Nova Roma 1983 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 9: "Arena ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Nov 1983); pg. 11. Amara's thoughts: "Father'll have apoplexy when he sees me. He sent me into the outlands years ago to save me from the Black Priestess and her unholy fire cult. "
cults Brazil: Nova Roma 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 11: "Magma ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Jan 1984); pg. 11. Nina (Roberto's mother): "I was rescued by Amazons! They're all from this city, 'Berto--girls sent out into the jungle to save them from the Black Priestess [Selene]! Both the Priestess and her cult of fire are incredibly ancient, their victims are rumored to be sacrificed in unspeakable demonic rites. "; Roberto: "Mother, Dani left on a reconnaissance hours ago--we haven't seen or heard from her since, not even Rahne through the mindlink they share! "; Nina: "'Berto, if the cult has her, Danielle is in deadly peril. "; Roberto: "Gallio never mentioned this cult to us. He's probably glad to see Dani out of the way, now that he's won. For all we know, he could be a member! " [Other refs. to this, not in DB.]
cults California 1972 Dick, Philip K. "The Android and the Human " in The Dark-Haired Girl. Willimantic, CT: Mark V. Ziesing (1988; c. 1972); pg. 156. "It is not a two-part cycle; we have not reached the conclusion of the masculine solar deity period to return merely to the primordial Earth Mother cult, however full of milk her breasts may be... "
cults California 1972 Scott, Robin. "Last Train to Kankakee " in Again, Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1972); pg. 714. "And then it had been bunco in L.A. and a pyramid club in Frisco and an acid cult in Berkeley and Mary Louise Allenby. "
cults California 1995 Hand, Elizabeth. Waking the Moon. New York: HarperPrism (1995); pg. 233. "'...She's got some kind of cult following out on the West Coast, feminist grad students, something like that . . .' "
cults California 1996 Bear, Greg. The Forge of God. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 271-272. "Compunews... Nov. 29...

... Death Valley proper... imitation extinct volcano... People have come here from around the world... They seem to have come to worship, or to just sit quietly under the warm desert sun and stare. What does it mean to them, to us?...

Among their numbers are approx. 10,000 Forge of Godders, with their various prophets and religious guides. The American branch of this cult has arisen in just three weeks, sown in the fertile religious ground of the American South & West by the President's blunt, uncompromising words. I have spoken with these people, and they share the President's convictions. Most are fundamentalist Christians, seeing this as the Apocalypse predicted in the Bible. But many come from other faiths, other religious around the world. They say they will stay here until the end. As one cultist told me, 'This is the center. This is where it's at. Forget Australia. The End of the World begins right here, in Death Valley.' "

cults California 1996 Bear, Greg. The Forge of God. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 306. "The Sunday New York Times... three headlines...:

Reverend Ormandy Shot by Lone Gunman in New Orleans


Gathering of England-Based Cultists in California

The whole world was going mad, and taking him along... Within two weeks, sooner if all went as planned, he would attempt to destroy the very object the cultists surrounding the site wished to protect. "

cults California 2033 Butler, Octavia. Parable of the Talents. New York: Seven Stories Press (1998); pg. 194. "We at Acorn were told that we were attacked and enslaved because we were a heathen cult. But the Gamas and the Sullivans aren't cultists. I asked women from both families why they were attacked, but they don't know either. "; Pg. 200: "Asha Vera was a... Black Christian American woman who ran around rescuing people from heathen cults, anti-Christian plots, and squatter-camp pimps. "
cults California 2040 Jones, Gwyneth. White Queen. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 271. "The SETI installation in California was one of the few centers that had survived... The story that Carlotta had to tell had come to her from the monitoring of could-be dangerous weirdos, and only after that from her own military. She was damned if she was going to sell these snooty Eurasians the image of noseless cultists with homemade backyard dishes clustered in worship... "
cults California: San Diego 2103 Silverberg, Robert. Tom O'Bedlam. New York: Donald I. Fine, Inc. (1985); pg. 30. "There were very few Anglos in the crows. Tumbonde had emerged out of the Latino-African refugee community that had come crowding into San Diego after the Dust War, and most of these people were dark-skinned or outright black. The cult was an international stew, a mix of Brazilian and guinean stuff with an underlay of something Haitian, and of course it had taken on a Mexican tinge too; you couldn't have any kind of apocalyptic cult operating this close to the border without very quickly having it acquie a subtle Aztec coloration. But it was more ecstatic in nature than the usual Mexican variety--less death, more transfiguration. "
cults California: San Francisco 1977 Leiber, Fritz. Our Lady of Darkness. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1977) [Book jacket] "Sometime during a three-year drunk in San Francisco, Franz Westen, a pulp author, bought two strange books. One was Megapolismancy--a 'science of cities'--by the black magician and socialite Thibaut de Castries; the other an early journal of Clark Ashton Smith, a writer of horror stories. As Westen tries to piece his life together, these books draw him to the ashes of a wealthy, brilliant and degenerate bohemian cult, and to a grotesque living world of technological curses. "
cults California: San Francisco 1991 Blaylock, James P. The Paper Grail. New York: Ace Books (1991); pg. 67. "'Nope, those are inhospitable trees--nothing but poison oak in there. The poison vapors get into the lungs, finally. Throat closes up tight. Death by constriction, the medical men call it... Cultists, too. All varieties of them, but not half as bad as the dope farmers.' "
cults China 1999 Pattison, Eliot. The Skull Mantra. New York: St. Martin's Minotaur (1999); pg. 62. "A file was already on his desk at the prison administration office. It had been delivered personally by Madame Ko, and was captioned 'Known Hooligans/Lhadrung County.' It was an old file, dog eared from use, and was separated into four categories. Drug cultists was the first. It was a quaint notion, abandoned by the police in China's large cities years later, that drug use was driven by fanatic rituals... "
cults Colorado 1999 Cerasini, Marc. Godzilla 2000. New York: Random House (1997); pg. 241. "...broadcast rock music to her sister ship. Martin had slipped Toby the tape before they lifted off. The music of Blue Oyster Cult blared into their ears. The tape began with 'Don't Fear the Reaper,' and now moved on to the Cult classic 'Godzilla.' "
cults Darkover 4025 Bradley, Marion Zimmer. Traitor's Sun. New York: DAW Books (1999); pg. 411. "At last she said, 'The Darkovan mythology is fairly simple--two gods, two goddesses and no theology to speak of. They are more like forces of nature, invoked ceremonially on occasion, and otherwise not given much attention. There are other deities, lesser ones, as well. But I think that the general attitude of the people is that if the gods do not actively interfere in their lives, then they should just leave well enough alone... Up in Nevarsin there is a cult called the cristoforos. Their beliefs are monotheistic and not shared by most of the people of Darkover, but they have been a center of learning for centuries. In the past, many of the sons of Comyn were sent there to be educated...' " [More, not in DB. The cristoforos 'cult' appears to be this planet's Christians.]
cults Deep Space 9 2371 Carey, Diane. Station Rage (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 146. "'But the Order of the Crescent? how can that be? Who are these people? A history cult or something?' "
cults Deep Space 9 2374 Reeves-Stevens, Judith & Garfield. Inferno (Star Trek: DS9 / Millennium Book 3 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 75. Pg. 75: "This Dukat was different. Not the same one who had been coming to him for . . . for centuries, it seemed. This Dukat was clad in the robes of a Bajoran religious order. His weathered features bore the mark of age... His strange eyes those of a fanatic.

And on his arm the red band of a Pah-wraith cult that--

Garak's breath came short and fast. 'Of course! That explains it! This is an Orb experience.' ";

Pg. 293: "It took Sisko a moment, but then he recognized the strips. They were the same as the arm- and headbands worn by adherents of the Pah-wraith cults. " [Other refs., not in DB.]

cults Deep Space 9 2375 Perry, S. D. Avatar, Book One (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 176. "'...Wearing my earring on the left was the best way to discourage the random vedek from wandering up to feel my pagh . . . which, you may know, is traditionally felt by taking hold of the left ear. For different reasons, of course, the practice was also taken up by the Pah-wraith cultists. . . .'

'. . . which explains why people don't like it,' Quark finished. "

cults Europe 2030 McAuley, Paul J. Fairyland. New York: Avon Books (1997; c 1995); pg. 137. "And everywhere there are signs of meme infection, the effluvia of a hundred cults and crazes codified in fembot form and acted out by infected refugees too poor to be able to afford the universal phage which protects against the pranks of meme hackers and the predation of cultists. There are shrines to the unborn Messiah and to the UFO corn cult; a shingle advertises E-metering; scribbled tags proclaim that Elvis Lives! or Bob Knows! (spray-painted on the wall of a shack, the top-hatted, heavy-howled silhouette of Papa Zumi promotes a chill of recognition in Morag)... "
cults France 1885 Powers, Tim. Earthquake Weather. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 157. "...and she discovered a peculiar reactionary vegetation-king cult that had appeared in Paris in 1995, four years after a special congress in Bordeaux had, reluctantly but officially, advised grafting all French grapevines onto imported American rootstocks... The dissenting cult had centered around the seminary and cathedral of St. Sulpice in the St. Germaine district of Paris, and had included among its members the writers Maurice Maeterlinck and Stephane Mallarme, the composer Claude Debussy, and eventually the writer and film-maker Jean Cocteau--but it appeared to have been started by a village priest... "
cults galaxy -99931 B.C.E. Hambly, Barbara. Planet of Twilight (Star Wars). New York: Bantam (1997); pg. 5. Pg. 5: "Leia wasn't sure what to make of her irrational aversion to Dzym. There were alien species whom the humans of the galaxy--the Corellians, Alderaanians, and others--found repulsive, usually for reasons involving subliminal cues like pheromones or subconscious cultural programming. But the nave Chorians--Oldtimers, they were called, whether they belonged to the Theran cult or not--were descended from the same human rootstock. "; Pg. 8: "'The Theran cultists are not anyone into whose hand I would be willing to place my destiny, Your Excellency... They hold an astonishing amount of power in the Oldtimer settlements along the water seams. How could it be otherwise when they are armed, mobile, and have for generations been the only source of healing that these people have known?' " [Other refs., not in DB.]
cults galaxy -99931 B.C.E. Hambly, Barbara. Planet of Twilight (Star Wars). New York: Bantam (1997) [Book jacket] "It all begins on a barren backwater world called Renat Chorios--once a dreaded prison colony, now home to the Therans, a fanatic religious cult. To this exiled world has come the ruthless warlord Seti Draconis, who seeks to exploit the vast crystalline deserts that cover the planet's desolate surface. " [Some other refs. to this fictional religious culture.]
cults galaxy 2030 Hogan, James P. Entoverse. New York: Ballantine (1991); pg. 34. Pg. 34: "Over the years, many popular political and quasireligious cults had come to flourish on Jevlen. They appealed by catering to the needs of individuals to discover some purpose and to affirm their identity in a risk-free, unstructured society "; Pg. 36: "He was clean-shaven, which was unusual for Jevlenese cult gurus and mystagogues, but the countenance thus displayed was perhaps even more striking. "; Pg. 108: "Ayultha, the leader of the Jevlenese cult that called itself the Spiral of Awakening and used the device of a purple spiral as its emblem, had come to Shiban. " [Many other refs. to Jevlenese 'cults', not all in DB, e.g., pg. 144, 202, 329.]
cults galaxy 2075 Anthony, Piers. Faith of Tarot. New York: Berkley Books (10th printing 1986; 1st ed. 1980); pg. 111. "'I merely expressed a viewpoint.' Abraham's [the Jew said.] 'To us, there is not a great difference between Christians and the Moors [Muslims]. Both of their founders were prophets subscribing to our principles; both cults are comparatively young.' "
cults galaxy 2250 Dick, Philip K. A Maze of Death. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1970); pg. 121. "'This worked very well in the war between Interplan West and the warrior-cults of Rigel 10...' "
cults galaxy 2269 Dvorkin, David. The Trellisane Confrontation (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1984); pg. 15. "'Appearances and your prejudices have deceived you, Mr. Scott. One of the Earthmen is Hander Morl, a brilliant organizer and rabble rouser. The other two are his bodyguards, and although you may consider them unprepossessing, they are both members of the ancient cult of Assassins, able to kill quickly with every weapon known to civilization or with no weapons at all...' " [It is not clear that the 'Assassins' cult referred to here is the traditional Hashasheen.]
cults galaxy 2270 Wright, Susan. One Small Step (Star Trek / Gateways: Book 1 of 7). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 17. "As a devoted follower of the Cult of Kahless, Mox believed in honor above all. Kahless had shown the way, decreeing that a warrior's honor was founded on the honor of his father's house. And Mox's father had no honor! "
cults galaxy 2352 Cherryh, C. J. Downbelow Station. New York: DAW Books (1981); pg. 5. "Star after star after star . . . nine of them--until Pell, which proved to be a livable world, and life.

That was the thing which... upset the balance, forever... It sent shock waves through the Company, touched off moral debates and policy debates in spite of the fact that the news was almost two decades old... It was all out of control. Other life. It desrupted man's dearly held ideas of cosmic reality. It raised philosophical and religious questions, presented realities some committed suicide rather than face. Cults sprang up. But, other arriving ships reported, the alients of Pell's World were not outstandingly intelligent, nor violent, built nothing, and looked more like lower primates than not, brown-furred and naked and with large bewildered eyes.

Ah, earthbound man sighed. The human-centered, Earth-centered universe in which Earth had always believed had been shaken, but quickly righted itself. "

cults galaxy 2368 Neason, Rebecca. Guises of the Mind (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 68. [Data:] "'...I spent last night reading the history of the planet Earth, particularly in regard to the development of myth and religion. Although there are many esoteric writings I have yet to cover, I believe I know have a basic working knowledge of the subject. Many cultures worshiped warrior gods and valued warrior abilities. Among the most notable were the Aztecs from an area once known as Central America, the followers of Ba'al in the Middle East, the Celtic members of the Cult of the Head, the followers of the Norse gods Odin and Thor, the Samurai culture of ancient Japan--' "
cults galaxy 2372 Haber, Karen. Bless the Beasts (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 225. "'Years ago, the Micaszians worshiped the darra. but it was an old cult. I thought it had died out before I was born.' "
cults galaxy 2373 Golden, Christie. Marooned (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 218. "'...There is no political system in the universe, Kes, that can calm a people who know they are facing extinction. The world went mad. Cults sprang up overnight that preyed on the peoples' fears. Many were convinced that somehow we had offended some distant deity with our pride in our long lives, our beauty, our glorious wings and iridescent webbing. These cults had rites that demanded self-mutilation. The wings were clipped, the webbing, slashed. Some performed the self-mutilation rite alone, and bled to death. Others formed bands of roving cultists, kidnapping strangers in dark streets, sometimes in broad daylight, to perform their barbaric rites upon hapless victims. I--' "
cults galaxy 2375 Durgin, Doranna. Tooth and Claw (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 3. "...details of the Ntignano evacuation... One prematurely doomed star system--thanks to a doomsday cult with inappropriate out-system technology on its hand--and not quite enough time to evacuate the moderately populated planet within it. "
cults galaxy 2780 Simmons, Dan. The Fall of Hyperion. New York: Bantam (1991; 1st ed. 1990); pg. 108. "I returned the gaze of the man who had been Dure's friend even while exiling the Jesuit to Hyperion for apostasy. I thought of another refugee from the New Vatican, young Lenar Hoyt...

'And what is your cult's goal, Monsignor Edouard?' Tyrena Wingreen-Feif asked...

'To help mankind to know and serve God,' he said... The archaic little priest looked down the table... " [Referring to the Catholic Church, which has become a tiny sect in the galactic culture, but becomes the dominant religious culture by the next novel. Tyrena's use of the word 'cult' reflects one of its most common meanings: any group small and with comparatively little political power, regardless of its practices, theology, or age.]

cults galaxy 2780 Simmons, Dan. The Fall of Hyperion. New York: Bantam (1991; 1st ed. 1990); pg. 132. "She had to remind herself that, first, he was a priest of a cult that demanded celibacy from its clerics... "
cults galaxy 2780 Simmons, Dan. The Fall of Hyperion. New York: Bantam (1991; 1st ed. 1990); pg. 229. "'That's not Templar terminology or theology,' said Dure. 'He's using Shrike Cult language.' The priest caught Sol's eye. 'That explains some of the mystery . . . especially from Brawne's tale. For some reason, the Templars have been in collusion with the Church of the Final Atonement . . . the Shrike Cult.' " [Also pg. 246, 262, etc.]
cults galaxy 2786 Clarke, Arthur C. The Songs of Distant Earth. New York: Ballantine (1986); pg. 184. "The Will of God cult believed the exact opposite. Doomsday had come at last, and no attempt should be made to avoid it. Indeed, it should be welcomed, since after Judgment those who were worthy of salvation would live in eternal bliss.

And so, from totally opposite premises, the Cauldwellites and the WOGs arrived at the same conclusion: The human race should not attempt to escape its destiny. All starships should be destroyed. " [More.]

cults galaxy 3000 Nagata, Linda. Deception Well. New York: Bantam (1997); pg. 92. Pg. 92: "Kona shook his head and picked up his drink again, his broad shoulders touched by a glaze of sweat. 'To die here or to die on the planet--the cult mentality is enamored with death. It's almost as if the Chenzeme still work through you.' "; Pg. 104: "They clung to him. They fell in behind him as he moved swiftly through the streets. They believed in him. He'd caught them in Jupiter's cult tide and it felt good. He could give them what they needed, he could fill up all those chemical sockets in their brains that needed filling, and they couldn't feel whole or safe without having filled. He could draw out of each and every one of them a neurotransmitter mix that would keep the innate human fear of death at bay. ";

Pg. 308: "'But they've made a Communion,' she insisted.

'Sooth. It's so. The cult virus must have been latent here.' " [May be other refs., not in DB.]

cults galaxy 3131 Simmons, Dan. The Rise of Endymion. New York: Bantam (1998 mass market edition; first ed. 1997); pg. 659. "It had been prophesied by the Templars, the Ousters, the Shrike Cult Church of the Final Atonement and others that Aenea's mother, Brawne Lamia would bear a child--the One Who Teaches--Aenea, as it turned out. According to the old poet's Cantos, on the day that the second John Keats cybrid had died a physical death and Brawne Lamia had fought her way to the Shrike Temple for refuge, the Shrike cultists had chanted--'Blessed be the Mother of Our Salvation--Blessed by the Instrument of Our Atonement' "
cults galaxy 3300 Brin, David. Heaven's Reach. New York: Bantam (1998); pg. 182. "The continued upswell of socioreligious fanaticism--including sudden resurgence of interest in the Cult of Ifni... "
cults galaxy 4000 The Conqueror's Child. Charnas, Suzy McKee. New York: Tor (1999); pg. 380. "Eykar made himself eat. He studied Servan. The DarkDreamer certainly was not going to do and be whatever it was that Galligan's cult friends wanted their Sunbear to do and be. "
cults galaxy 4000 Vinge, Vernor. A Deepness in the Sky. New York: Tor (1999); pg. 19. [Year estimated.] "The search of eight centuries was over.
The Man shifted uncomfortably in his wheeled chair, rearranging his blankets. He was silent for some seconds, and when he finally spoke, his words were halting. 'I knew your . . . kind would still be looking for me. I financed this damn Xupere cult, but I always knew . . . it might not be enough.' "
cults galaxy 13560 Herbert, Frank. Dune Messiah. New York: Ace (1987; c. 1969); pg. 7. "Dedication in the Maud'dib Concordance as copied from The Tabla Memorium of the Mahdi Spirit Cult "
cults galaxy 20000 Clarke, Arthur C. The City and the Stars. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1956); pg. 157. "Yet, though they never possessed any real power once humanity had reached a very elementary level of civilization, all down the ages isolated cults had continued to appear, and however fantastic their creeds they had always managed to attract some disciples. They thrived with particular strength during periods of confusion and disorder, and it was not surprising that the Transition Centuries had seen a great outburst of irrationality. "
cults galaxy 23030 Asimov, Isaac. Forward the Foundation. New York: Doubleday (1993); pg. 240. "It seems to me, General, and I'm sure that it seems so to you, that Hari Seldon is the focus of a personality cult. He has so identified himself with psychohistory that if we were to get rid of him in too open a manner, we would entirely destroy the credibility of the science...' "
cults galaxy 33960 Harrison, Harry. A Stainless Steel Rat is Born. New York: Bantam (1985); pg. 3. "...understand what life is like on this planet... Let me explain.

Bit O'Heaven was founded some thousands of years ago by some exotic religious cult, which has happily since vanished completely. They came here from another planet; some say it was Dirt or Earth, the rumored home of all mankind, but I doubt it. In any case, things didn't work out too well. Maybe the endless labors were too much for them--this was certainly no picnic-world in the early days. As the teachers at school remind us as often as they can, particularly when they tell us how spoiled the young folk are these days. We manage not to tell them they must be spoiled as well because certainly nothing has changed here in the last thousand years. " [Pg. 33: A major city on this planet is 'Pearly Gates']

cults Gotham 1971 O'Neil, Dennis. "Daugher of the Demon " in Batman in the Seventies, (Michael Wright, ed.) New York: DC Comics (1999; story first pub. in Batman #232, June 1971); pg. 140. Ra's al Ghul: "You smile, Batman! You have made a discovery? "; Batman: "I think so . . . Yes . . . unmistakable bits of a certain herb . . . one used in ceremonies of a Far Eastern cult of killers! Thy're called the Brotherhood of the Demon! And I recall that they're currently located in Calcutta! "; Ra's al Ghul: "We shall proceed to India immediately! " [Other refs. to this group, as Batman and Ra's al Ghul go to Calcutta to confront it.]
cults Greece -445 B.C.E. Vidal, Gore. Creation. New York: Random House (1981); pg. 145. "Since the Athenian mob is still Aryan in its superstitions, few dare question openly the gods of the state. But, privately, they are either turning to pre-Aryan mystery cults or to such radical prophets as Pythagoras--or to atheism. "
cults Hawaii 1925 Sanders, William. "Billy Mitchell's Overt Act " in Alternate Generals (Harry Turtledove, ed.) New York: Baen (1998); pg. 163. "He listened to Mitchell's frequent warnings and predictions, though, with the amused indulgence you might give an otherwise gifted friend who happens to belong to some extremely weird religious cult. "
cults Hawaii 2008 England, Terry. Rewind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 158-159. "'Evil one!'

Earl turned to face a thin man in white shirt and pants pointing at him. His face was red, seemingly from exertion, but Earl couldn't tell from what.

'One of the evil ones! I saw him on TV! Mr. Goth said one was in Hawaii! Here it is! Evil!'

'Come on, Lucas, we'd better get out of here--'

Two more figures in white blocked their way. 'Evil!' said an emaciated young woman with stringy blond hair. 'He's been remade evil!'

'Save the boy, the one in the red shirt! He's an innocent being corrupted.'

By now, the strangely garbed people had surrounded them, and a couple grabbed for Lucas. He dodged them, but others moved toward him...

[After being rescued by police.] 'Who the... were they?'

'One of the religious cults that have sprung up on the islands. That one is a little more, uh, intense, than the others.' " [More on this group, pg. 159-160. Some other refs. not in DB, but not the focus of book.]

cults Heao's World 3500 Felice, Cynthia. Godsfire. New York: Pocket Books (1978); pg. 226. "'You don't mean that mutant group back on . . . but you can hardly compare Heao to a cult of unfortunate . . . freaks!'

'I was right about them, wasn't I? They stole my land and tried to kill me.'

'But the Board said . . .'

'The Board coddled them, moved my ass right out of Sol System to get my out of the way.'

'I don't care what your opinion of mutants is,' Sergi said, finally becoming angry. 'Treat Heao with consideration or . . .' " [Other refs. not in DB.]

cults Heao's World 3500 Felice, Cynthia. Godsfire. New York: Pocket Books (1978); pg. 263-264. [Glossary] "Academe - A cult of truth-finders, temporal puzzlers, and speculators who deal in facts.

Academian - A member of Academe.

Luck - A fickle god. An aspect, sometimes fortuitous, sometimes not...

Temple - The religious cult and/or the religious gathering place. " [Other refs., not in DB.]

cults Helliconia 4901 Aldiss, Brian W. Helliconia Winter. New York: Atheneum (1985); pg. 20. "Pannoval had once been not merely a great nation but a great religious power, whose C'Sarr's word held sway over much of the continent and whose neighboring states had sometimes been reduced to satrapy under the sway of Pannovalan ideology. Four hundred and seventy-eight years before the confrontation at Isturiacha, however, the Great God Akhanaba had been destroyed in a now legendary duel. The God had departed from the world in a pillar of fire, taking with him both the then King of Oldorando and the last C'Sarr, Kilandar IX.

Religious belief subsequently splintered into a maze of small creeds. Pannoval, in this present year of 1308, according to the Sibornalese calendar, was known as the Country of a Thousand Cults. As a result, life for its inhabitants had become more uncomfortable, more uncertain. All the minor deities were called upon this hour of crisis, and every man prayed for his own survival. "

cults Helliconia 4901 Aldiss, Brian W. Helliconia Winter. New York: Atheneum (1985); pg. 26. "Behind the Pannovalan defeat lay a history of unrest extending over long periods. During the slow deterioration of the climate, as life became harder, the Country of a Thousand Cults was increasingly at odds with itself, with one cult opposed to another. "
cults Hungary 1972 Anderson, Poul. There Will Be Time. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1972); pg. 69. [1972: pub. year] "'...Abroad we found a Bavarian soldier; an investigator for the Inquisition, which was still going in Spain...; a female Jew cultist in Hungary; a student in Edinburgh...' "
cults Illinois: Chicago 1991 Grubb, Jeff. "A Brother to Dragons " in Testament of the Dragon (Weis, Margaret, ed.) New York: HarperCollins (1997); pg. 11. "Propriety and ceremony were immediately forgotten as the group's leader danced behind the makeshift altar, shaking his arm frenetically, trying to knock the kitten loose. Several of the other robed figures laughed, and one or two headed towards the back of the barn, where the beer had been stashed...

Wire-rims cursed again and said, 'Find the damned cat! We can't go on without it.'

The other cultists laughed. 'Give it up, Jay,' called one.

...Jason, the ceremony's leader, pulled himself up to his full, slender height, raising both arms... above his head in appeal, 'I call on the Dragons Beyond! I call on their power! Hear my plea!' " [More, not in DB.]

cults Illinois: Chicago 1991 Grubb, Jeff. "A Brother to Dragons " in Testament of the Dragon (Weis, Margaret, ed.) New York: HarperCollins (1997); pg. 22. "Justin nodded forwards in his seated position. 'I have, my lord. The Cultists of Those Beyond have been eliminated, as you are no doubt aware. They have been slain to a man, and their temple burned to the ground.'

The smoke-colored dragon chuckled and Justin felt a warmth in his belly more satisfying than any alcohol. 'You are the finest of my servants, Justinian, the first among equals who work in my name.'

...'Sorry to call so late. This is the McHenry County Sheriff's department. Your name has been given to us as an expert on cult activities.'

An expert, indeed, Justin thought, the first true smile crossing his human face, 'That's true,' he said instead, 'How can I help you?' " [More, not in DB. The 'cult expert' in this story is, of course, evil.]

cults Illinois: Chicago 1991 Grubb, Jeff. "A Brother to Dragons " in Testament of the Dragon (Weis, Margaret, ed.) New York: HarperCollins (1997); pg. 27. "'You think this is not a real cult?' said the lieutenant, her face still tight and concerned.

'Not as you probably mean it, and not as you should think of a cult. This was likely a group of kids who saw something or read something and figured that a little midnight ceremony would jazz up a Friday night beer blast. Their 'high priest' was probably an economics major who bought a copy of the Necronomicon at Half-Price Books. The stupid things that kids to, but kids do it all the time. Until something like this happens. Until something goes horribly awry.' "

cults Illinois: Chicago 2030 Jablokov, Alexander. Nimbus. New York: Avon Books (1993); pg. 206. "ManPower. It was an organization I'd heard of. It recruited from the South Side gangs, black, white, Bengali, Afrikaner, Eritrean, Albanian, Berber, Jewish, Moslem, for the world's military forces. Society had figured out how to manipulate the innermost aspects of human personalities, but hadn't a clue as to how to make a city a livable place for normal human beings. So societal engineers had taken advantage of the situation, subverting cute gang cultic practices to their personal ends, figuring that if lives were to be ruined, they should at least be ruined in a useful way... The gangs ruled the streets in their neighborhoods and believed in their own independence, but were actually as well-organized and co-opted as Cub Scout troops. They fought a continual vicious urban war, putting them in great demand worldwide as urban assault troops, much as Vikings had been hired everywhere in the Middle Ages. The gangs were military farm teams. "
cults India 1000 C.E. Anthony, Piers & Alfred Tella. The Willing Spirit. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 74. "But Kali had other aspects as well, hew knew. She was the goddess of fertility, the Divine Mother, the primal female, and as such was worshipped peacefully and lovingly by many of her cult-followers. Finding himself now surrounded solely by women gave him hope that it was the feminine and not the sacrificial aspect of Kali that they worshipped. " [Other refs., not in DB.]
cults India 2020 Maggin, Elliot S. Kingdom Come. New York: Time Warner (1998); pg. 145. "In the conference room were the others: Lord Naga, the leader of India's Cobra Cult... "
cults Louisiana 1987 Shepard, Lucius. Green Eyes. New York: Ace Books (1984); pg. 99. "'Them's just contact lenses,' said Sealy with what seemed to Donnell foolhardy belligerence. 'These people's in some damn cult.'

'That's us,' said Richmond, edging along the aisle toward the register. 'The Angels of Doom, the Disciples of Death. We'll do anything to please the Master.' "

cults Marshall Islands: Kwajalein 2028 Barnes, John. Mother of Storms. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 284. "Ebeye will be a vast, blazing pyre within an hour; a few of them may manage the difficult swim to Kwajalein (where the cultists have a fine tradition of stoning to death any male who swims over)... "; Pg. 285: "The Christian cultists squatting in the Kwajalein base village are gathered on the former high school's football field, according to the camera drones left behind... "
cults Marshall Islands: Kwajalein 2028 Barnes, John. Mother of Storms. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 279-280. "The Republic of the Marshall Islands... Kwajalein... The thousands of squatters in the former American village... belong to a variety of Christian cults united mostly by their extreme distrust of messages from the outside world... O'Hara is bothered by them only because they are decent sane people, even the cultists of Kwajalein, and he would rather be carrying off loads of peaceful, harmless people to safety than dealing with what most of his forces are confronting. "
cults Massachusetts 1998 Sterling, S. M. Island in the Sea of Time. New York: Penguin (1998); pg. 605. "There was a fair bit to recommend the cult of Moon Woman, but it did breed an unhealthily otherworldly attitude, and excessive fatalism--sort of like an astrological Buddhism, as Ian had put it. "

cults, continued


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