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 Massachusetts: Nantucket -1250 B.C.E. Sterling, S. M. Island in the Sea of Time. New York: Penguin (1998); pg. 324. "...the way the eyes of one of the big cats looked. Were-jaguar cult. Nobody knew for sure, but the Olmec myths--or at least some of them--seemed to center on a mating between a woman and a divine jaguar that produced a race of part-felines. Evidently the archaeologists and anthropologists had guessed right this time. "
cults Massachusetts: Nantucket -1249 B.C.E. Sterling, S. M. Island in the Sea of Time. New York: Penguin (1998); pg. 412. "'Well, Chief Cofflin, you must realize that God is also telling us something by putting us in a world still wholly pagan. Some of it reasonably clean paganisms like . . . Ms. Swindapa's. Others abominations like the Olmec jaguar cult. Obscene by worldly standards, and possibly of demonic inspiration.'

Cofflin nodded grimly. Cultural autonomy be damned, that deserved to be scrubbed off the face of the planet. The problem with eliminating undeserving customs, though, was that it was hard to do without wiping out the people who held them. "

cults Massachusetts: Nantucket -1249 B.C.E. Sterling, S. M. Island in the Sea of Time. New York: Penguin (1998); pg. 431. "'Here . . .' Cofflin went on. 'No gangbangers, no Wall Street downsizers, no nutcases on a mission from God, no 'national media,' no redneck black-helicopter paranoids, no multi-cultis, no animal rights lunatics--not anymore, thanks to the Jaguar God--no trial lawyers, no Beltway crowd...' "
cults Nevada: Las Vegas 1992 Powers, Tim. Last Call. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1992); pg. 239. "'...claimed that the mystery cults of Osiris locked initiates into a room on the walls of which were painted twenty-two powerfully affecting symbolic pictures...' "
cults New Jersey 1992 Morrow, James. Only Begotten Daughter. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1990); pg. 113. "DEVIL CULT USES HUMAN HEAD FOR HOCKEY PUCK "
cults New Mexico 1995 Grant, Charles. Whirlwind (X-Files). New York: HarperCollins (1995); pg. 88. "'...Knives and guns; nothing like this.'


...'What kind of cults you want, Mulder? We have New Age swamis communing in the desert. We have the Second Coming believers who wander around the mountains and then use their cellulars when they get lost. And we have the flying saucer nuts, who figure Roswell is the key to all intergalactic understanding.' A sideways glance Mulder didn't miss. 'That's kind of your territory, isn't it?' ";

Pg. 128: "...the urban legend-style fables that mark the state as a place where UFOs and weird cults are not only welcome, they're encouraged. Leave that kind of nonsense,' Rios said, 'to Arizona, and good riddance.' "

cults New Mexico 1995 Grant, Charles. Whirlwind (X-Files). New York: HarperCollins (1995); pg. 105. "'Cult,' Sparrow said then, raising his voice to be heard over the air conditioning.

'What?' Scully, startled out of a reverie, asked him to repeat it.

'Cult. You know . . . cult. One of them Satanist things, probably. Look hard enough, betcha them poor folks were all involved somehow.'

'A seventeen-year-old boy?' Mulder asked skeptically.

'Hey, that ain't no rare thing, you know what I mean? You got your heavy-metal crap with all that subliminal stuff, you got your rap stuff telling kids to kill cops, sh-- like that . . . drugs and sex... What more do you want?' "

cults New Mexico 1998 Ing, Dean. The Skins of Dead Men. New York: Tom Doherty Associates (1998); pg. 172. "The following morning, when Ross donned his Jobst mask to visit Ruidoso, T.C. offered to go along. He declined with thanks, though his forbidding appearance to strangers was not the reason he gave. No one, he said, should have to endure a software freak's shopping foray, which might take him down across the flatlands as far as Roswell. 'Believe me, with all the UFO cultists in that town, nobody gives my Jobst a second glance... Roswell in the summer isn't exactly Paris in the spring.' "
cults New York 1967 Chayefsky, Paddy. Altered States. New York: Harper & Row (1978); pg. 14. "'I was a very religious kid,' he mumbled into the sheets... 'When I was nine, I saw visions, angels and saints, even Christ. He appeared to me in wonderful manners; I saw him with the eyes of faith, hanging on the cross, his vesture dipped in blood. I spoke in voices. There was this little Pentecostal church in south Yonkers that made a cult object of me. People came from all over to see this nine-year-old kid who saw visions of Christ.' "
cults New York 1994 Brooks, Terry. The Tangle Box. New York: Ballantine (1994); pg. 12. "Thus the creation of Skat Mandu and his cult of fervid followers, believers in a twenty-thousand-year-old wise man's words as channeled by a myna. " [Many other refs. to Skat Mandu, not in DB.]
cults New York: New York City 1995 Aldiss, Brian. "Becoming the Full Butterfly " in Supertoys Last All Summer Long. New York: St. Martin's Griffin (2001; c. 1995); pg. 203. "'Don't you remember back home, how they ate, how everyone ate and yet hardly breathed? The breath of life! How there was this sentimental cult of childhood, yet all the while kids were neglected, beaten, taught only negatives?' "
cults New York: New York City 1995 Hand, Elizabeth. Waking the Moon. New York: HarperPrism (1995); pg. 297. "'...These guys call us, saying their wives and girlfriends are into some kind of cult, you know--get together with the gals once a month over on the Upper East Side or wherever...' "
cults New York: New York City 2015 Westerfeld, Scott. Polymorph. New York: Penguin (1997); pg. 22. "Rumor had it that the amphitheater had once witnessed the sacrificial rites of the Missing Foundation, an anarchist cult that had mutated out of an extremist homeless advocacy group... she liked to believe that there were many missing Foundations, spawned one from another like rumors in a long, hot summer. " [More about this group.]
cults North Carolina 1995 Lisle, Holly & Chris Guin. Mall, Mayhem and Magic. New York: Baen (1995); pg. 139. "...restocked Black Water Secrets, which against the staff's expectations was moving like greased pigs down a chute, though according to the computer this was only happening in their store. Jim wondered if some local cult had ordered mass lobotomies for all its members this month. At least the author would be thrilled when he came in to sign on Saturday. "
cults North Carolina 1995 Lisle, Holly & Chris Guin. Mall, Mayhem and Magic. New York: Baen (1995); pg. 140. "'What possible link can there be between a smalltime jewelry heist, a murder, and a fire in a toy store?'

'That's what I'm tryin' to tell you,' Frank said. 'It's some kind of a cult thing.'

'A cult, or occult?' Jim asked.

'Exactly,' Frank replied. 'It's both. I don't know what kind of voodoo was going on in that toy store, but them Barbies were stacked like logs in the fireplace...' "

cults North Carolina 1998 Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Holly Lisle. In the Rift. New York: Baen (1998); pg. 181. "'When that article came out, I did a little checking myself, just like Madilee Marson. I looked into Ogden Snead and bobby Sumner and Warren Plonkett. They're all members of the same church. Well, it calls itself a church, but it's a nasty little radical organization that doesn't have much to do with religion at all, as far as I can tell. It's called the Christian Brotherhood of Purified Souls, and I think the word 'Christian' is tacked on there just to get them a tax-exempt status. These people don't believe in brotherhood or tolerance or love or anything real Christians believe in. They're a paramilitary hate organization with an ugly definition for what it takes to be purified, and some very cultlike practices--regular members have to sell all their belongings and give the money to the Brotherhood; they go through a long, arduous indoctrination period, and bad things have been known to happen to the members who, once in, try to get out.' "
cults Ohio 1999 Willis, Connie. "Epiphany " in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 279. "'Oh, right. It wasn't a vision. You had an epiphany. So did the woman in The Globe last week who saw the Virgin Mary on her refrigerator. So did the Heaven's Gate people. Are you telling me they're not crazy.'

'No,' Mel said...

'For fifteen years you've raved about faith healers and cults and preachers who claim they've got a direct line to god being frauds,' B.T. said... 'and now you suddenly believe in it?' "

cults Ontario 2002 Sawyer, Robert J. Hominids. New York: Tor (2002); pg. 71. "Who the hell could he be? He babbled in some strange tongue, and he'd had extensive reconstructive surgery. Could he be a member of some bizarre cult? Was that why he'd broken into the neutrino observatory? It made a certain amount of sense, but-- "
cults Ontario 2002 Sawyer, Robert J. Hominids. New York: Tor (2002); pg. 312. "'But I thought Neanderthals did have religion... The cult of the cave bear, and all that.'

Mary shook her head. 'You've been reading old books, Reuben. No one takes that seriously anymore.' " [More.]

cults Roman Empire 284 C.E. Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Diana L. Paxson Priestess of Avalon. New York: Viking (2001); pg. 197. Pg. 197: "'...Thus, there are the Sophists, who doubt everything, and the followers of Plato, who believe that only archetypes are real, the mystical Pythagoreans, and the Aristotelian logicians. Each philosophy gives us a different tool with which to understand the world.'

'Bu the world stays the same,' objected Constantine, 'and so do the gods!'

'Do they?' Atticus sounded amused... 'How, then, do we reconcile all the stories about them, or the claims of all the different cults, each of which declares that its deity is supreme.'

'We find out which is the most powerful, and teach everyone how to worship Him,' Constantine said forthrightly. ";

Pg. 241: "The blood of the martyrs, they said, was the nourishment of the [early Christian] Church. Killing them only reinforced their belief in their own importance and made the cult stronger. "

cults Russia 1996 Bear, Greg. The Forge of God. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 38. "Trevor Hicks... Then he had flown to Moscow to cover an agricultural conference, as part of the background for a planned book on the Russian biologist Lysenko and the Stalinist cult of Lysenkoism. "
cults Senegal 2015 Julian, Astrid. "Bringing Sissy Home " in L. Ron Hubbard Presents The Best of Writers of the Future (Algis Budrys, ed.) Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (2000; c. 1992); pg. 232. "I... pretend to be interested in the vendor's statuettes, miniature Catholic saints ringed by eight-armed Indian gods. Many of the African gods and fetishes are familiar with my days at the University of London, when I still hoped to emigrate to Africa. Cheap ivory-colored, plastic crucifixes are jumbled together with garishly painted European mermaid dolls that are used by the Mami-Wata cult. Bata, the god of smallpox, has his brown skin dotted with white paint. Standing next to Bata are Edan, the snake god, who can send a snake to kill an enemy, and Akiti, a particularly malicious fetish who causes mental illness. "
cults Suriname 2187 Wolverton, Dave. "On My Way to Paradise " in Writers of the Future: Volume III (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1987); pg. 387. "'You got a comlink in your head?' Tamara asked. Flaco nodded. 'Then you're a cyborg,' she said, as if she'd made a point. I remembered a news clip I'd once seen of Surinamese Body Purists. Upon conversion to their cult, new members pulled out their comlinks and their cranial jacks, their prosthetic kidneys or whatever they had, and lived totally without mechanical aid. I wondered if she were a Body Purist, and I suddenly understood why she wanted a regenerated hand instead of a prosthetic--the thought of her body being welded to a machine terrified her; it desecrated the temple of her spirit.

'A comlink doeshn't make you a shyborg,' Flaco said.

'That's where it starts. First a comlink. Then an arm. Then a lung. One piece at a time.' "

cults T'ien Shan 3131 Simmons, Dan. The Rise of Endymion. New York: Bantam (1998 mass market edition; first ed. 1997); pg. 284. "The slightest miscalculation in gauging the winds, the updrafts, the downdrafts, the jet stream . . . any mistake means death for a flyer. That is why they live alone, worship in a secret cult, and charge a fortune to do the... "
cults Tarot 2077 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 83. Pg. 83: "'...But I did not know it was a warrior cult.'

Warrior cult? 'The Holy Order of Vision is a pacifistic denomination, seeking always the route of least--'

'Yet you fought the Breaker.' ";

Pg. 86: "In a society as cult-ridden as this one seemed to be, the status of women was open to question. "

cults Tarot 2077 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 95. Pg. 94-95: "'...Gnostics, Flaming Sworders--'

'Flaming Sworders? Is that a Tarot image...?'

'Not so. I apologize for using unseemly vernacular. It is my prejudice against those faiths, which you must discount. The Flaming Sword is the publication of the Christian Apostolic Church in Zion, whose guiding precept is that the Earth is flat, not spherical.'

'But how, then, could they emigrate to another planet? They would not believe other planets existed!'

'You must ask a member of that cult; perhaps he can provide you with a versimilitudinous rationale...' "

cults Tennessee 2054 Dick, Philip K. & Ray Nelson. The Ganymede Takeover. New York: Ace Books (1967); pg. 14. "But no, she thought sadly; there's no use kidding myself: I'm white. And white, to these descendents of the cult of Black Muslims, is white. I'll just have to play it by ear, she decided. "
cults Tennessee 2054 Dick, Philip K. & Ray Nelson. The Ganymede Takeover. New York: Ace Books (1967); pg. 64. "'Sir, for the last two years living here on Terra I have been Anglo-Catholic. I take communion once a month.'

Mekkis quickly turned the conversation back to the relatively safe topic of model airplanes. New converts to these native mystery cults could sometimes wax quite fanatical. "

cults Texas 1995 Hand, Elizabeth. Waking the Moon. New York: HarperPrism (1995); pg. 327. "So, yes, it was strange and disturbing and even frightening, but it was also so much business as usual--you know, Texas Cult Claims Entire Town. Bus Crashes in New Delhi, Thousands Die. "
cults Texas: Dallas-Fort Worth 1998 Wood, Crystal. Fool's Joust. Denton, Texas: Tattersall Publishing (1998); pg. 11. "'What about Brian?'
'He's gone.'
'Gone? You mean dead?'

'he might as well be. He's gone off to join some kind of cult.'

...'Well, no, but maybe she's overreacting a little. I mean, all kids go through phases when they're seventeen.'

'Yeah, but a cult.'

She shrugged. 'Bob and Gina aren't big into organized religion. For all I know, they probably think Methodists are a cult. But Methodists or Moonies, there's nothing I--or the Bureau--can do, unless there's evidence of some criminal activity or intent exhibited by this so-called cult. It's not illegal to practice your religion in this country, last time I checked the Constitution.' "

[Brian has joined a group that believes and acts out King Arthurian legends.]

cults Tran 1996 Pournelle, Jerry & Roland Green. Tran. New York: Baen (1996); pg. 355. Pg. 355: "At a cost, Rick thought. Yatar heals, Vothan the Chooser of the Slain takes fewer guests to his hall. The Vothan cult has no great reason to love us-- "; Pg. 410: "The cult of Yatar had its records of the Time. So did the Priest of Vothan, although they did not boast of them. "
cults Turkey 1939 Weis, Margaret (ed.) Testament of the Dragon. New York: HarperCollins (1997); pg. 105. [Note on a map showing "The travels of Sir Justinian ":] "Istanbul: Investigation into Dragon Cult. Spring, 1939 "
cults United Kingdom 700 C.E. Vance, Jack. Lyonesse: Madouc. Lancaster, PA: Underwood-Miller (1989); pg. 2. "The Elder Isles had known the coming and going of many peoples: Pharesmians, blue-eyed Evadnioi, Pelasgians and their maenad priestesses, Danaans, Lydians, Phoenicians, Etruscans, Greeks, Celts from Gaul, Ska from Norway by way of Ireland, Romans, Celts from Ireland and a few Sea Goths... There were dozens of cults and religions, diverse except that, in every case, a caste of priests interceded between laity and divinity. At Ys, steps cut into the stone led down into the ocean to the Temple of Atlante; each month in the dark of the moon priests descended the steps by midnight, to emerge at dawn wearing garlands of sea flowers. " [More.]
cults United Kingdom 1848 Moore, William. Bayonets in the Sun. New York: St. Martin's Press (1978; first pub. 1974); pg. 130. "The Cult of Cold Steel had been enshrined in the Army ever since Waterloo and Paddy Grough was its arch-priest. It was no good telling him that he regarded the bayonet as little improvement on Cromwell's pikeman... "
cults USA 1952 Heinlein, Robert A. "Concerning Stories Never Written: Postscript " in Revolt in 2100. New York: Baen (1981); pg. 212. "It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education to seize early the minds of the young, and by killing, locking up, or driving underground all heretics. This is equally true whether the faith is Communism or Holy-Rollerism; indeed it is the bounden duty of the faithful to do so. The custodians of the True Faith cannot logically admit tolerance of heresy to be a virtue. "
cults USA 1963 Grimwood, Ken. Replay. New York: Arbor House (1986); pg. 138. "Jeff smiled cynically. 'So you and I are the prophets, the saviors?'

She looked out at the ocean. 'Perhaps we are.'

He sat upright, stared at her. 'Wait a minute; that's not what this omvie of yours is all about, is it, setting people up for . . .? You're not planning to--'

'I'm not sure what I'm planning, not yet. Everything changed, now that you've shown up. I wasn't expecting that.

'What do you want to do, start some kind of damned cult? Don't you know what a disaster--'

'I don't know anything!' she snapped. 'I'm as confused as you are, and I just want to make some sense of my life. Do you want to just give up, not even try to figure out what it means?...' "

cults USA 1963 Grimwood, Ken. Replay. New York: Arbor House (1986); pg. 158. "'There's a cult--white, not Indian--that still worships the mountain. They think it has something to do with Jesus, with resurrection. Others believe there are aliens, or some ancient offshoot race of humans, living in the magma tunnels beneath it. Strange, crazy stuff; Mount Shasta seems to inspire that kind of thinking, somehow.' "
cults USA 1982 Bishop, Michael. The Secret Ascension; or, Philip K. Dick is Dead, Alas. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 239. "'I do have a cult following over there, but A Time for George Stavros, Pilgrim on the Hill, The Broken Bubble of Thisbe Holt--no one in that time line even thought 'em worth publishing. My cult is a [expletive] category cult, sci-fi fans who think Phil Dick has a pipeline to the Deity. I mean, I guess I should be glad to have a cult, but it's awful knowing that my early realist novels didn't rate publication over there. And I've got a group named for me--the PKD Appreciation Society--full of kids who believe They Scan Us Darkly, Don't They? is better than Nicholas and the Higs.' "
cults USA 1982 Knight, Damon. The Man in the Tree. New York: Berkley Books (1984); pg. 233. "'The bill isn't directed against religions, only against cults.'

'Well, how do you tell the difference?'

'The bill sets up a Federal Commission on Cults. So a cult is anything declared to be a cult by the commission--meaning anything the Moral Majority doesn't like.'

'Brian, how serious is this?' Gene asked.

'Not very. In my opinion, the bill won't pass, and if it should, it will be struck down by the courts--this cult commission is a transparent device to evade the Constitution. In any event, they're obviously out to get the Moonies and Hare Krishnas, Church of Scientology, people like that; I don't see how it affects us.' " [More, e.g., pg. 235, 240.]

cults USA 1982 Knight, Damon. The Man in the Tree. New York: Berkley Books (1984); pg. 235. "'...At the end of the week the commission announced its preliminary list of organizations proscribed as cults. There were thirty-six; among them was the Anderson Movement.

'They really railroaded it through,' said Brian Altman. 'Under the statute, anybody who promulgates a proscribed doctrine or induces anybody to join a proscribed organization can be brought up on criminal charges...'

...'How can this be happening?' Margaret asked. 'You know the Moral Majority is a minority.'

'yes, but it's the kind of minority that runs a lynch mob,'...

'How's the hate mail running?' Gene asked.

'Pretty high. Worse the last month or so. Some death threats.' "

cults USA 1995 Hand, Elizabeth. Waking the Moon. New York: HarperPrism (1995); pg. 247. "'That's your whole problem, Martha. You don't think--none of you think, you're letting some rich crazy egotistical New Age bitch do it for you. Haven't you ever heard of cults, girls? Don't any of you know how to read a newspaper? The name Manson mean anything to you? David Koresh? Bhagwan Rajneesh? Jim Jones?' "
cults USA 1997 Byrne, John. Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing (1997); pg. 23. "'...and she hates you--well, hate may be too strong a word, but she sure doesn't like the fact that you represent another theology. I think if you were a member of some sort of cult, if you followed a David Koresh or Reverend Moon or any other extremist, she wouldn't feel so threatened by you. But your gods, though thought nicely dead and gone, are respected and recognized. And now you come along and now only worship Zeus and Athena and Hera and Apollo and all the rest, but have actually met them. Actually owe your existence to them!' "
cults USA 1999 Kessel, John. Good News from Outer Space. New York: Tor (1990; c. 1989); pg. 61. "'Are the Saucer Men preparing to invade the earth with the coming of the new millennium?'

'I'm a minister, not an expert on flying saucers... This is Christianity, not a UFO cult. It's true that flying saucers may be another evidence of the Last Days.' "

cults USA 1999 Willis, Connie. Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 326. [Author's list of top 12 Christmas movies.] "4. Meet John Doe: Frank Capra's other Christmas movie... this one, which stars Gary Cooper as a down-and-out hobo and Barbara Stanwyck as an enterprising reporter, is really interesting, especially in these days of religious cults, hungry-for-power politicians, a rampant press, and even more rampant cynicism. "
cults USA 2005 Gibson, William. Virtual Light. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 177. "He kept remembering that documentary he'd seen in Knoxville and he was pretty sure there hadn't been anything on that about cannibals or cults. "
cults USA 2008 England, Terry. Rewind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 71. "'So, doctor, about those seventeen people, and the fact that all you scientists agree they are human--'

'We have not reached a consensus on that, although we are close. Besides, if three scientists ever agree completely on anything, it's a cult.' "

cults USA 2010 Brunner, John. The Sheep Look Up. New York: Harper & Row (1972); pg. 20. "While he and her companion exchanged helloes, Peg Mankiewicz read some of the directions: 108562 SPLEEN SUSP TYPH CULT, 108563 LIVER VERIFY DEGEN CHGES, 108565 MARSH TEST. "
cults USA 2011 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 107. "Joe Malenfant, fifty-one, is highly charismatic and popular. Since the announcement of his interplanetary venture he has become something of a cult figure. In fact, last year's best-selling Christmas toys were models of Bootstrap's so-called Big Dumb Booster, along with action figures and animated holograms of the intelligent squid crew... "
cults USA 2030 Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin (1986); pg. 308. [Academic symposium in Nanavit, year 2195.] "So popular and effective did this practice become that it was regularized in the middle period, when it took place four times a year, on solstices and equinoxes. There are echoes here of the fertility rites of early Earth-goddess cults... "
cults USA 2032 Butler, Octavia. Parable of the Talents. New York: Seven Stories Press (1998); pg. 23. "Jarret supporters have been known, now and then, to form mobs and burn people at the stake for being witches. Witches! In 2032! A witch, in their view, tends to be a Moslem, a Jew, a Hindu, a Buddhist, or in some parts of the country, a Mormon, a Jehovah's Witness, or even a Catholic. A witch may also be an atheist, a 'cultist,' or a well-to-do eccentric. "
cults USA 2032 Butler, Octavia. Parable of the Talents. New York: Seven Stories Press (1998); pg. 24. "And 'cultist' is a great catchall term for anyone who fits into no other large category, and yet doesn't quite match Jarret's version of Christianity. Jarret's people [Christian fundamentalists/Conservative Protestants] have been known to beat or drive out Unitarians, for goodness' sake. Jarret condemns the burnings, but does so in such mild language that his people are free to hear what they want to hear. As for the beatings, the tarring and feathering, and the destruction of 'heathen houses of devil-worship.'... I'm sorry to say, Jarret was once a Baptist minister like my father. "
cults USA 2035 Butler, Octavia. Parable of the Talents. New York: Seven Stories Press (1998); pg. 247. "Each city had a big Christian American church and several affiliated organizations... '...You're honest people. If anyone says otherwise, attack their credibility. Accuse them of being secret cultusts, witches, Satanists, thieves, Whatever you think will endanger your accusers the most, say it! Don't just defend yourselves. Attack. And keep attacking...' "
cults Washington, D.C. 1995 Hand, Elizabeth. Waking the Moon. New York: HarperPrism (1995); pg. 115. "DE SEA SYRIA/THE SYRIAN GODDESS: Evocative contemporaneous account of the ancient rites associated with the worship of Aphrodite/Astarte and the cult of Adonis in Phoenicia . . . "
cults Washington, D.C. 1995 Hand, Elizabeth. Waking the Moon. New York: HarperPrism (1995); pg. 205. Pg. 205: "He shrugged. 'Like this cult or something. Well, no, not a cult--she's got this sort of self-help group, I guess. Only it's religious, kind of crackpot stuff but women out there just go crazy for it. Whoo-whoo at the moon, raise your consciousness, all that kind of sh--. Plus she's written all these books. Like what's-her-name with the legs, you know. Shirley MacLaine.'

'You're kidding.'

'No--she's really popular. I think it's a boatload of crap, all this New Age stuff. But Erica was totally into it, that's how come she invited her to my surprise party. Geena Davis was there...' "; Pg. 321: "'But she has this thing, about some sacred marriage--it's got to do with her goddamn cult. All those women . . .' " [Also pg. 242.]

cults Washington, D.C. 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 142. "'But what kind of god is he telling you to run toward? Ah, that is why he is the Deceiver! He is telling you to run toward whichever god suits your needs! From the foulest and most insidious cults to the New Age concept that we are all God--to the ancient Gnostics who felt that God was cold, distant... "
cults Washington, D.C. 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 276. "'...Maybe he isn't ready to reveal himself yet. All I know is that he couldn't keep the lid on all those little miracles. Now a cult movement is growing up around this stranger--right under the noses of the Washington cognoscente. But--'

'But what?' Chris demanded.

'Well . . . his talk seems rather . . . forceful. He heals these people and then says that he wants to bring people together to heal the nation. The healing power, he says, lies within the people. The people must heal the government; the government cannot heal the people.'

"What's his game? Is he a religious guru? A political fanatic? Or an escapee from the booby hatch?'

'I can't honestly say. There's something disconcerting about him. He seems sincere, yet strangely detached. He's highly intelligent and informed. Yet he's unsophisticated, even naive...' "

cults Washington: Seattle 1993 Busby, F. M. The Singularity Project. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 87. "The man... wore cult robes but not the sloppy Heavenly Mohawk... "
cults world -445 B.C.E. Vidal, Gore. Creation. New York: Random House (1981); pg. 70. "The cult of Orpheus has always been popular in the back country, particularly in witch-haunted Thrace. Lately the cult has started to spread throughout the Greek world... I learned the Gilgamesh story at Babylon. Once upon a time Gilgamesh was a world cult figure. Today he is largely forgotten, except at Babylon. Time of the long dominion is very long indeed... " [Other refs., not in DB. Pretty much all of the ancient classical 'Mystery Religions' are mentioned in the novel.]
cults world 500 C.E. Shea, Michael. Nifft the Lean. New York: DAW Books (1982); pg. 108. Pg. 108: "The females have remarkably pronounced mammary developments which are, if I may so phrase it, directly and immediately exploitable by men. The herdsman's feeling of communion with such a breed is--imaginably--great. Not to put too fine a point on it, jabobo cults--originating in various fertility-promoting rituals informally practiced by herdsmen--now abound in Prior Kairnlaw. "; Pg. 109: "Certainly they too in their day had sacred herds, and their doctrine holds the descendants of these beasts to be sacred still, and still their own religious property. Hence Prior Kairnlaw cult activities are felt by Latter Kairns as an intolerably flagrant profanation of their lactescent icons, a heinous sacrilege daily renewed. "
cults world 875 C.E. Harrison, Harry & John Holm. King and Emperor. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 322. "In the South, Mary was hard to tell from Minerva of ancient Rome or the three nameless Ladies the Celts had worshiped generations before, before the pagani were made to learn their poor and garbled Latin. Nor was the Eastern procession easy to tell from the age-old weeping for Adonis, the legionary cult of sacrificing the ram, or lamb, to Mithras. "
cults world 1000 C.E. Eddings, David & Leigh Eddings. Belgarath the Sorcerer. New York: Ballantine (1995); pg. 124. Pg. 124: "'I don't think the clans that went over to him are so interested in religion as they are in the chance to loot the southern kingdoms. The really religious ones have formed what they call the Bear-cult. I think it's got something to do with Belar--except that Belar doesn't know anything about it.' "; Pg. 127: "The Bear-cult was still agitating the outlying clans, usually by attacking cult strongholds and firmly trampling cult members into the ground. There's a certain direct charm about the Alorn approach to problems, I suppose. " [Other refs., not in DB.]
cults world 1004 C.E. Eddings, David. The Secret of the Stone. New York: Ballantine (1991); pg. 4. "Since there were few Elene priests in the region to enforce the Church ban on consorting with the heathen Styrics, fraternization became common. As the simple Elene peasantry perceived that their Styric neighbors were able to reap significant benefits from the use of the arcane arts, it is perhaps only natural that apostasy became rampart. Whole Elenic villages in Zemoch were converted to Styric pantheism. Temples were openly erected in honor of this or that topical God, and the darker Styric cults flourished. Intermarriage between Elene and Styric became common... While searching in the hills for a straying goat, the lad, Ortha by name, came across a hidden, vine-covered shrine that had been erected in antiquity by one of the numerous Styric cults. The shrine had been raised to a weathered idol that was at once grotesquely distorted and oddly compelling. " [May be more.]
cults world 1908 Bensen, Donald R. And Having Writ.... Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill Co. (1978); pg. 239. "Could it be, I wondered that the 'sleeping spacemen' had become the object of a cult, as decade followed decade and century followed century into the past? "
cults world 1930 Batchelor, John Calvin. The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. New York: Dial Press (1983); pg. 181. "Longfaeroe [a Calvinist] made the mistake of cultists, investing a found object with magical powers that seem tangible because they are actually the longing of the investor for recognizable truth. I do not mean to defame him. He was good to me, if he also confused me... "
cults world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 121. "'And the secret group that has infiltrated them and taken over, the Cult of the Yellow Sign. We have reason to believe that an English intelligence agent named Chips will be arriving in London in a few hours with evidence against most of the Yellow Sign operatives within their government. You see, sir, this is an international conspiracy.' " [Some other refs., not in DB.]

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