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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Group Where Year Source Quote/
God world 1985 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 29: "Meanwhile, Back at the Mansion... ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (July 1985); pg. 18. Lee: "Magneto, who's the Beyonder? What does all this mean?! "; Magneto: "In a word, Armageddon. As for the Beyonder, he is no one in particular--save perhaps, God. "
God world 1985 Golden, Christopher. X-Men: Codename Wolverine. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1998); pg. 82. "But he was as Irish a man a God ever made. " [Other refs. not in DB.]
God world 1987 Adams, Douglas. Dirk Gentley's Holistic Detective Agency. New York: Simon and Schuster (1987); pg. 5. So after a hectic week of believing that war was peace, that good was bad, that the moon was made of blue cheese, and that God needd a lot of money sent to a certain box number, the Monk started to believe that 35 percent of all tables were hermaphrodites, and then broke down.
God world 1987 de Lint, Charles Jack the Giant Killer. New York: Ace Books (1987); pg. 179. "'Do you know the actual meaning of that word? 'Divine Wind.' Perhaps you should call on the gods to help you.'

'I don't believe in God. At least I don't think I do,' she added, hedging.

'The desert god your people hung from a tree couldn't help you here anyway,' Kerevan replied. 'This is the land of the Manitou...' "

God world 1991 Morrow, James. Only Begotten Daughter. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1990); pg. 69. "People are always asking, does God exist? Of course she does. The real question: what is she like? "
God world 1992 Anthony, Piers and Philip Jose Farmer. The Caterpillar's Question. New York: Ace Books (1992); pg. 168. "What was it? A chip off God's block? What did that phrase mean? Nothing. A child of God or a special envoy? Or a manifestation of God? But 'manifestation' was just a word which signified nothing in this situation. It was a word to conceal ignorance. Just as most words in philosophy or in theology masked lack of knowledge about reality. " [Other refs., not in DB.]
God world 1993 Anthony, Patricia. "Guardian of Fireflies " in Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997; c. 1993); pg. 251. "'Spacetime has the consistency of foam... And the pattern that makes up the galaxies is repeated, smaller and smaller, down to the tiniest particles... Mark explained once that it was like God played with dollhouses. When they were empty, the dollhouses would appear and disappear. Once a doll had been placed in them, though, the dollhouse had to stick around. Mark could explain this better... Everything came easy to mark. He was always quick with analogy...' " [Other refs., not in DB.]
God world 1993 Tepper, Sheri S. Beauty. New York: Doubleday (1991); pg. 284. "We have been thwarted at every turn by god. Not the real God. A false one which has been set up by man to expedite his destruction of the earth. He is the gobble-god who bids fair to swallow everything in the name of a totally selfish humanity. His ten commandments are me first (let me live as I please), humans first (let all other living things die for my benefit), sperm first (no birth control), birth first (no abortions), males first (no women's rights), my culture first (no human rights), my politics first (lousy liberals/rotten reactionaries), my country first (wave the flag, the flag, the flag), and, above all, profit first.

We worship the gobble-god... "

God world 1994 Bradbury, Ray. "Unterderseaboat Doktor " in Quicker Than the Eye. New York: Avon Books (1996; c. 1994); pg. 14. "He clenched his fist together in a fierce clasp of prayer, like one who beseeches God to deliver him from plagues. And whether he was once again praying for my death, eyes shut, or whether he simply wished me gone with the visions within the brass device, I could not say. "
God world 1995 Bradbury, Ray. "At the End of the Ninth Year " in Quicker Than the Eye. New York: Avon Books (1996; c. 1995); pg. 177. "'Every hour of every night and then all day, I could feel it as if I were out in a storm being struck by hot August rain that washed away the old to find a brand-new me. Every drop of serum, every red and white corpuscle, every hot flash of nerve ending, rewired and restrung, new marrow, new hair for coming, new fingertips even. Don't look at me that way. Perhaps no new fingerprints. But all the rest. See? Am I not a fresh-sculpted, fresh-painted work of God's creation?' "
God world 1996 Bear, Greg. The Forge of God. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 89. "'...I'd like to speak to all of you before we go out to the site. Just one last question.' He turned back to the Guest [an alien]. 'Do you believe in God?'

Without a moment's hesitation, the Guest replied, 'We believe in punishment.'

Crockerman was visibly shaken. Mouth open slightly, he glanced at Harry and Arthur, then left the room on trembling legs, with McClennan, Rotterjack, and General Fulton following.

'What do you mean by that?' Harry asked after the door had closed. 'Please expand on what you just said.'

'Detail is unimportant,' the Guest said. 'The death of a world is judgment of its inadequacy. Death removes the unnecessary and the false. No more talk now. Rest.' " [Many other refs. to God, including in book's title. Other refs. not in DB.]

God world 1998 Disch, Thomas M. The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000; c. 1998); pg. 93. "This may not be the literal truth of the world of 1964, but it was then, and remains, a liberating illusion. Like Voltaire's God, if it did not exist, we would have to invent it... "
God world 2025 Goonan, Kathleen Ann. Crescent City Rhapsody. New York: Tor (2001; c. 2000); pg. 178. "'I don't plan to go extinct. I'm not some kind of moss or microbe. I'm intelligent. I don't have to lie or die at the mercy of God or fate or aliens or chaos or whatever you want to call it. If God there was, and God told me that I was supposed to acquiesce, I'd go to war with God.' "
God world 2025 Harrison, Harry. "Brave New World " in Stainless Steel Visions. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 120. "'If I knew everything, I would be God, wouldn't I?' "
God world 2027 Gunn, James E. The Listeners. New York: Signet (1974; c. 1972); pg. 94. "'I want to talk to you about the Message.'

'I have heard the Message.'


...'I have heard it from God,' he said harshly. 'Have you heard it more directly than that?' " [More.]

God world 2030 Hogan, James P. Entoverse. New York: Ballantine (1991); pg. 254. "'Maybe we're just being old-fashioned, Mitch. Aren't Thuriens what people used to call liberals?'

'Then if God was a liberal, we'd have had the Ten Suggestions.' Kober said. They both laughed. "

God world 2030 McAuley, Paul J. "How We Lost the Moon, a True Story by Frank W. Allen " in The Year's Best Science Fiction, Vol. 17 (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (2000); pg. 372. " we are, barely into the second quarter of the first century of the Third Millennium, and it's being touted as the biggest event in the history of humanity...not to mention the tens of thousands of unofficial newsgroups devoted to proving that it was really caused by God, or aliens, or St. Elvis)... "
God world 2039 Jones, Gwyneth. White Queen. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 235. "'...I'm no Christian, nor Hindu. But I want to do right in my own terms; and I'm afraid, in my own terms, of what will happen to me if I do wrong.'

Johnny looked at her, at last nodded. 'Yeah. Exactly. I don't know if I understand, but yeah . . .'...He had underdosed and was coming down too soon. His anger had been absurd. Big science and religion are one and the same, they fit the same space. He'd often argued that point with self-deluded 'rationalists.' Our God-given systems, the void-powered data God behind them . . . It's all the same, dumb awe and naive paranoia. Only fools ignore that dimension: No one gets much further than a medieval peasant. "

God world 2050 Bova, Ben. "Mount Olympus " in The Year's Best Science Fiction, Vol. 17 (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (2000); pg. 295. "Flying was different, though. Alone in a plane seven or eight miles up in the sky it was just him and God, the rest of the world far away, out of sight and out of mind. "
God world 2061 Clarke, Arthur C. 2061: Odyssey Three. New York: Ballantine (1987); pg. 62. Pg. 62: "Unlike his devout ancestors, Dr. Kreuger had no God to address in moments of crisis or perplexity. Now he almost wished he had: but even if he could pray, that wouldn't really help. As he sat down at his computer and started to access the data banks, he did not know whether to hope that his nephew had made a stupendous discovery--or was talking utter nonsense. Could the Old One [Einstein's term for God] really play such an incredible trick on mankind? Paul remembered Einstein's famous comment that though He was subtle, He was never malicious. "; Pg. 66: "Dr. Kreuger fully accepted this principle: he would not believe his nephew's discovery until he could explain it, and as far as he could see that required nothing less than a direct act of God... "
God world 2086 Heinlein, Robert A. Stranger in a Strange Land. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1961); pg. 136. Most people on Earth believe in God at this future time period: "'Well, have you wondered? Where did the Sun come from? Who put the stars in the sky? Who started it? All, everything, the whole world, the Universe... so that you and I are here talking.' Jubal paused, surprised at himself. He had intended to take the usual agnostic approach... and found himself compulsively following his legal training, being an honest advocate in spite of himself, attempting to support a religious belief he did not hold but which was believed by most human beings. He found that, willy-nilly, he was attorney for the orthodoxies of his own race against--he wasn't sure what. An un-human viewpoint. "
God world 2100 Dick, Philip K. "The Mold of Yancy " in The Golden Man. New York: Berkley (1980; c. 1955); pg. 81. "Yancy was always ready to hold forth on such vital and grandiose subjects as War, the Planet, God, Taxation. But did he say anything?... A public that agreed with Yancy on war and taxes and God and planet agreed with absolutely nothing. And with everything. "
God world 2100 Heinlein, Robert A. Starship Troopers. New York: Ace Books (1987; 1st ed. 1959); pg. 31. [The end of the Service oath given to recruits joining the Terran military force.] 'So help me God!' we both ended and Carl crossed himself and so did the cute one [witness]. " [All recruits are required to swear their oath of loyalty this way.]
God world 2135 Dick, Philip K. Our Friends From Frolix 8. New York: Ace Books (1970); pg. 41. "'That's not giving; that's barter. Listen to this. 'God tells us--' '

'God is dead,' Nick said. 'They found his carcass in 2019. Floating out in space near Alpha.'

'They found the remains of an organism advanced several thousand times over what we are,' Charley said. 'And it evidently could create habitable worlds and populate them with living organisms, derived from itself. But that doesn't prove it was God.'

'I think it was God.'

Charly said. 'Can I stay at your place tonight and maybe, if it's necessary--and only if it's necessary--maybe tomorrow night? Okay?' "

God world 2135 Dick, Philip K. Our Friends From Frolix 8. New York: Ace Books (1970); pg. 71. "'Let me tell you a legend about God,' Morgo said. 'In the beginning he created an egg, a huge egg, with a creature inside it. God tried to break the eggshell open to let the creature--the original living creature--out. But He couldn't. Bu the creature which He had made had a sharp beak, constructed for just such a task, and it chipped its way out of the egg. And hence--all living creatures have free will, now.'


'Because we broke the egg, not He.'

'Why does that give us free will?'

'Because, dammit, we can do what He can't.'

'Oh.' "

God world 2135 Dick, Philip K. Our Friends From Frolix 8. New York: Ace Books (1970); pg. 108. "' 'Believe it'? I know it's true; God is alive; that carcass they found in deep space back a few years ago, that wasn't God. You don't find God under such circumstances, that's Medieval thought. Do you know where you find the Holy Spirit? It's not out in space--hell, it created space. It's here.' He pointed to his chest. 'I--I mean, we--have a portion of the Holy Spirit within us. Look at your decision to come and give us help--you get nothing from it, perhaps injury, or some kind of destruction that the military has but which we haven't heard about.' " [Some other refs. to God, not in DB.]
God world 2135 Dick, Philip K. Our Friends From Frolix 8. New York: Ace Books (1970); pg. 185. [The last words of the novel:] Pg. 184-185: "'Who is this?' he asked Miss Knight.

'A statue of God,' Miss Knight said... 'Everybody has one, it's a fad. Haven't you seen one of those before?'

'Is that how God looks?' Denfeld asked.

'No, of course not; it's only--'

'But it is God,' he said.

'Well, yes.' She watched him; she saw the wonder in his eyes, his consciousness narrowed down to this one artifact . . . and then she realized: Of course, Denfeld is a New Man. And I'm seeing the process; he is becoming a kiddy...

'Thank you,' Denfeld said.

'For what?'

'For giving me God.'

'Okay,' she said. And stoically resumed her typing. While Horace Denfeld played endlessly with the plastic statuette. With the vastness of God. "

God world 2150 Dick, Philip K. The Divine Invasion. New York: Timescape (1981); pg. 81. "However, Big Noodle knew all about Aquinas and Descartes and Kant and Russell and their criticisms, and the A.I. system also possessed common sense. It informed Harms that Anselm's argument did not hold water, and presented him with page after page of analysis as to why. Harm's response was to edit out Big Noodle's analysis and seize upon Hartshorne and Malcolm's defense of Anselm; viz: that God's existence is either logically necessary or logically impossible. Since it has not been demonstrated to be impossible--which is to say, the concept of such an entity has not been shown to be self-contradictory--then it follows that we must of necessity conclude that God exists. " [Much of the novel is about the nature of God. Other refs. not in DB.]
God world 2150 Gilman, Carolyn Ives. "The Language of the Sea " in Writers of the Future: Volume III (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1987); pg. 49, 64, 75. [Year estimated.] Pg. 49: "'Lords of Leviathan!' he addressed us with dramatic courtesy. 'I am Barone, of the Crusade of the Eastern Warriors. Our smal party set out from Bashin three weeks ago, searching for you; we wandered over a hundred leagues of empty sea. It was God's will that brought us here together.' "; Pg. 64: "'No; he's able to hide them from us, to pass for normal--or subnormal. A useful talent. If the Consortium had known of him, they would have seized him long ago. But they were slow and unimaginative, as usual. Once more God has aided the quick and crafty.' "; Pg. 75: "'Oh, God help us. Poor Dack.' "
God world 2160 Clarke, Arthur C. The Fountains of Paradise. New York: Ballantine (1980; 1st ed. 1978); pg. 91. "He remembered that the world's scientists were neatly divided on the subject of Dr. Goldberg, into those who were sure that he was crazy, and those who had not yet made up their minds. He had been one of the most promising young men in the field of astrophysics when, five years ago, he had announced, 'Now that Starglider has effectively destroyed all traditional religions, we can at last pay serious attention to the concept of God.'

And with that, he had disappeared from public view. "

God world 2250 Dick, Philip K. A Maze of Death. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1970); pg. 15. "'God is not supernatural. His existence was the first and most natural mode of being to form itself.'

True, Ben Tallchief said to himself. As later theological investigation had proved. Specktowsky had been a prophet as well as a logician; all that he had predicted had turned up sooner or later... 'With each greater circle the power, good and knowledge on the part of God weakened, so that at the periphery of the greatest circle his good was weak, his knowledge was weak--too weak for him to observe the Form Destroyer, which was called into being by God's acts of form creation. The origin of the Form Destroyer is unclear; it is, for instance, not possible to declare whether (one) he was a separate entity from God from the start, uncreated by God but also self-creating, as is God, or (two) whether the Form Destroyer is an aspect of God, there being nothing--' "

God world 2400 Anderson, Poul. Genesis. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 66. "...wearing their canonicals and bearing the symbols according to their orders: of God the Dreamer of the Universe, God the Mother, God the Summoner (black cassock and impaled skull), God the Lover (rainbow hues and wreathed staff). "
God world 2500 Boulle, Pierre. Planet of the Apes. New York: Ballantine (2001; c. 1963). Translated by Xan Fielding.; pg. 112. Pg. 112: "I had sworn that nothing would induce me to make such an exhibition of myself--the gorillas took it into their heads to compel me by force and to belabor me with their pikes--me, Ulysse Merou, a man created in the image of God! "; Pg. 126: "'It was only a century ago,' she said dogmatically, 'that we made some remarkable progress in the science of origins. It used to be thought that species were immutable, created with their present characteristics by an all-powerful God. But a line of great thinkers, all of them chimpanzees, have modified our ideas on this subject completely. Today we know that all species are mutable and probably have a common source.' "
God world 3001 Clarke, Arthur C. 3001: The Final Odyssey. New York: Ballantine (1997); pg. 132. "'You may have heard me called an atheist, but that's not quite true. Atheism is unprovable, so uninteresting. However unlikely it is, we can never be certain that God once existed--and has now shot off to infinity, where no one can find him . . . Like Gautama Buddha, I take no position on this subject. My field of interest is the psychopathology known as Religion.'

'Psychopathology? That's a harsh judgment.' "

God world 1000004000 Anderson, Poul. Genesis. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 55. "'That's the worst,' Omar said. 'To them Terra Central will be what God was to their ancestors. Oh, I don't suppose they'll worship it. But they'll know how utterly dependent on it they are. And meanwhile it will be doing what God never did, evolve itself till it's beyond all human comprehension. What the, Laurinda?' "
God Zarathustra 2599 Piper, H. Beam. Little Fuzzy in Fuzzy Papers (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1962); pg. 8. "That would hurt Leonard. He identified himself with the Company. It was something bigger and more powerful than he was, like God. "
God Zarathustra 2599 Piper, H. Beam. The Other Human Race in Fuzzy Papers (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1964); pg. 194. "A beautiful design. But God--Allah to Zeus, take your pick--only knew what gibbering nonsense it was putting into the trusting innards of that computer. "
goddess worship Africa 1989 Heddle, Jennifer. "The Stranger Inside " in X-Men: Legends (Stan Lee, ed.) New York: Berkley Boulevard (2000); pg. 192. "You can't love other people until you love yourself.

I've heard it before, of course, but somehow when Storm says it there's more wisdom in the words. Must be a holdover from that weather goddess racket she had going on in Africa. "

goddess worship Africa 1998 DeFalco, Tom & Adam-Troy Castro. X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow Book 2: The Present. New York: Berkley (1998); pg. 35. "...Ororo... The hands belonged to one of the most beautiful and regal women Wolverine had ever known. She was a tall black woman, with soft blue eyes, flowing white hair, and confident bearing that might have been a large part of the reason that the natives of a part of Africa had once worshiped her as a goddess. "
goddess worship Brazil: Nova Roma 1983 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 10: "Betrayal ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Dec 1983); pg. 15. Selene: "I do you the supreme honor, girl. For with your death... you give me life! I am, after all, a Goddess, who has walked the Earth since before the dawn of history. Countless thousands have gone to the fire in my name. Which of you two [looking at Danielle and Amara] will be the next? "
goddess worship Brazil: Rio de Janiero 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 12: "Sunstroke ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Feb 1984); pg. 16. Amara, suffering from sunstroke: "Oh, Helios, Lord of the Sun, torment me no longer! Let my inner fire be joined with thy celestial glory! Let us be one forever. "; Narration: "Her wish is granted... her humanity instantly consumed. There is pain... but such is to be expected when a mortal joins with a god. Amara's blood burns in her veins like molten lava within the Earth, her very life bound to that of the planet beneath her feet. It's strength and vitality are hers. Nothing, she marvels, is beyond her capability. She can lay waste to a city--and, beholding Rio, does so. She sees nothing wrong or evil in this--for a goddess should have her sacrifices, and besides, it's fun. " [More, pg. 17.]
goddess worship 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... "
goddess worship California 1972 Wolfe, Bernard. "Monitored Dreams and Strategic Cremations " in Again, Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1972); pg. 334. "Robert Graves may be right about the fount of all poetry being the primal Mother-Mate-Mistress-Muse, the chesty White Goddess fancied up with asps and corn shucks. "
goddess worship California 1995 Powers, Tim. Earthquake Weather. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 133. "'this belonged to my mother, who was . . . such a successful avatar of the Moon Goddess that she was killed for it in 1960, at the order of Scott's natural father, when he was king...' " [Also pg. 160, 311.]
goddess worship California: Los Angeles 1993 Shiner, Lewis. Glimpses. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 161. "'..Then once they had it they invited all their Wiccan friends to move in.'

'Their what friends?'

'Wiccans. Witches. Pagans, you know.'

Alex had always talked about being a witch in high school. She never called it wicca, though, and I'd never taken her very seriously.

'Are we talking Aleister Crowley and sacrificing animals and all that?'

'Basically they worship the Goddess and keep a low profile. They're trying to kick technology.'

'What about you? Are you into all this Goddess stuff?' I had a sinking fear that this woman, who had started out so interesting, would end up having some prefab belief system.

'If you want to have a religion, it seems better than most. It reveres women, for one thing, instead of being terrified or hostile like most of Western culture. It respects life and doesn't believe in [expletive] up the planet. I'm not real comfortable with the supernatural parts, but the here-and-now agenda sounds okay.' " [More.]

goddess worship California: Los Angeles 1993 Shiner, Lewis. Glimpses. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 164. "'Lori told me you guys are witches.'

Her 'yeah' sounded like 'jah.' 'Pagans, witches, whatever you want to call us. We worship the Goddess, which basically is Gaia, the Earth. We see her as a living being. We try to live inside her rhythms. To be clean and peaceful and reverent.'

Jeff, on the other side of her, said, 'Sounds like the Boy Scouts.' Then we had to explain to her what Boy Scouts are and how they're different from Hitler Youth, which turned out to be tricky. "

goddess worship California: Los Angeles 1999 Koman, Victor. Jehovah Contract. New York: Franklin Watts (1984); pg. 240. "'Gracious Goddess and Queen of the Heavens, Eternal Mother and Sister, Maiden Diana, Queen Isis, Mighty Hecate--bless these tools of your once and future Craft. Bless this circle and all inside it.' " [Other refs. not in DB.]
goddess worship California: Los Angeles 1999 Koman, Victor. Jehovah Contract. New York: Franklin Watts (1984); pg. 275. "'And if you did, you'd know I'm organizing the Los Angeles Coven of Black Isis... My thesis is that the Goddess has a dark side, too, and what could be more blessed than--'

'Save it, Corbin. I heard your line of argument on Praise the Lady last week.' "

goddess worship California: San Francisco 1977 Leiber, Fritz. Our Lady of Darkness. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1977); pg. 72. "...touched with the White Goddess definitely, dreamy but disciplined. Daisy had been touched with the White Goddess too, a poet, and also disciplined... "
goddess worship California: San Francisco 1977 Leiber, Fritz. Our Lady of Darkness. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1977); pg. 92. "My current eear-friend-secretary-playfellow-cohousekeeper-cum-moon-goddess is North Chinese... "
goddess worship California: San Francisco 2036 Besher, Alexander. Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality. New York: Simon & Schuster (1998); pg. 105. "Young Mister Trevor looked not so good, like he was going through another midlove crisis. Juan had seen the look before in varying degrees of human self-sacrifice.

The goddess, she is hungry today, he decided. Poor Trevor. "

goddess worship California: San Francisco 2036 Besher, Alexander. Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality. New York: Simon & Schuster (1998); pg. 214. "'I'm your hostess this evening,' she chirped as she batted here eyelashes. 'My name is Goddess Kathy. I'm an anime temp from Cat Girl Paradise...' "
goddess worship Colorado 1985 Wilhelm, Kate. "The Gorgon Field " in Isaac Asimov's Detectives (Gardner Dozois and Sheila Williams, eds.) New York: Ace Books (1998; c. 1985); pg. 95. "'Actually, I'm planning a book now,' Constance said. 'It will deal with the various superstitions that continue to survive even in this super-rational age. Like throwing coins into a fountain. That goes so far back that no one knows for certain where it began. We assume it was to propitiate the Earth Goddess for the water that the people took from her. It has variations throughout the literature.' "
goddess worship Darkover 4012 Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Shadow Matrix. New York: DAW Books (1997); pg. 415. "Vanda began to speak. 'For the gifts of this food, and this shelter, we thank the goddess who guides and protects us. We thank the animals who gave us their meat, and the plants which gave us their sustenance. We thank the rain for giving us water, and the earth for supporting us, now and forever.'

It was a simple blessing, like others Margaret had heard. but the sincerity of the woman moved her deeply, and made her wish she had not had to deceive them. This was no empty rite, but something full of real meaning and genuine belief. She swallowed hard and blinked back tears...

Margaret wondered which Goddess they meant. Hadn't Rafi told her something about that? It was Avarra, the Dark Goddess, she remembered after a second of groping in her weary brain. she recalled the painting of that deity on the ceiling of the grand dining room in Comyn Castle, and that other figure, that of Evanda, the Lady of Spring and Light. " [More.]

goddess worship Egypt: Cairo 1985 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 33: "Against All Odds ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Nov. 1985); pg. 11. Pg. 11: Storm/Ororo: "After my parents were killed, I grew up among these alleys [Cairo]--begging, scrounging for scraps, picking pockets. Goddess knows where I might have ended up... had the manifestation of my mutant powers not pulled me south across Africa to my ancestral homeland. "; Pg. 12: The rooftop they are on shakes at an explosion or earthquake. Storm: "Goddess!?! "
goddess worship Egypt: Cairo 1986 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 34: "With a Little Bit of Luck! ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Dec. 1985); pg. 6. Storm: "I . . . will be . . . no party to it! Goddess . . . give me strength . . . I--shall--be--FREE! "
goddess worship Europe -5998019 B.C.E. May, Julian. The Golden Torc in The Many-Colored Land & The Golden Torc (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1982); pg. 534. "'...when we trapped that bunch of Tanu engineers near the smeltery, one of 'em let off a really heavy curse before he died. I can still hear it: 'The Goddess will avenge us. Accursed through the world's age be those who resort to the blood-metal. A bloody tide will overwhelm them . . .' '

'Well, it seems to me that the curse is for the humans, not us. We'd always planned to put the Lowlives to the sword once they'd served our purpose.' "

goddess worship Europe -5998019 B.C.E. May, Julian. The Golden Torc in The Many-Colored Land & The Golden Torc (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1982); pg. 588. "...while the one vanquished shall choose between the quitting of this Kingdom of the Many-Colored Land and voluntary life-offering to the goddess, whose Will shall in all things prevail.'

There was a roar from the crowd. Bryan turned to Ogmol. 'What did she mean, for God's sake? Life-offering? Isn't that your orgy of ritual executions at the end of the games? Did you mean that the loser in this damned manifestation of powers forfeits his life?'

'It is the most honorable course. But a few, such as Minanonn the Heretic, who was deposed by Nodonn, and Leyr the former Lord Coercer, overcome by Gomnol, have chosen the ignomity of banishment.' " [Other refs., not in DB.]

goddess worship Europe -5998019 B.C.E. May, Julian. The Golden Torc in The Many-Colored Land & The Golden Torc (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1982); pg. 654. Pg. 654: "To their exasperation, the Shipspouse herself would not attend the meeting, would not confirm or deny the possibility. 'The Combat itself will manifest the Goddess's Will,' she had told Dionket, 'and then you will know what you must do.' But the Lord Healer had not been satisfied with that. What did a mystic know of power struggles? Her vision was so disconcertingly long. "; Pg. 660: "It was as Creyn avers. I did not foresee it, did not plan it. It is the work of the Goddess. Of God. "; Pg. 691: "In theory, the remaining time of the Second Day was devoted to choosing Combat leaders by means of the manifestations of powers--after which the Foes separated for a final War Feat and invocation to the Goddess prior to the start of hostilities at sunrise. In practice, the great captains had all been selected hundreds... of years ago and now merely stepped forward to dare any upstart to usurp their privilege. "
goddess worship Europe -5998019 B.C.E. May, Julian. The Golden Torc in The Many-Colored Land & The Golden Torc (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1982); pg. 732. "'...I, Mayvar Kingmaker, have never had doubts of him. And on this field of battle he has proved that he is truly one beloved of the Goddess . . . Therefore, with confidence and love I call him! He is the Shining One! He is the young Lugonn.' "
goddess worship Europe 865 C.E. Harrison, Harry. The Hammer and the Cross. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 230. "'You think he is the son of one of your gods. Well, I tell you: I honor no god save Ran the goddess who lives in the deep, whom drowned sailors go to. And the other world you talk of, the visions you boast of--I have heard them speak of it in camp about this Way of yours--I think them all born of drink and sour food, and one man's blather infecting another, till everyone must tell his tale of visions to keep it with the rest...' "
goddess worship Europe 1470 C.E. Gentle, Mary. A Secret History. New York: Avon Books (1999); pg. 159. -
goddess worship Gaea 2025 Varley, John. Titan. New York: Berkley (4th ed. 1981; 1st pub. 1979); pg. 272. "'What are you then?' It came out before she could stop it.

'I am Gaea, the great and wise. I am the world, I am the truth, I am the law, I am--'

'You're the whole planet, then? April was telling the truth?'

Maybe it wasn't wise to interrupt a Goddess, but Cirocco was feeling like Oliver Twist asking for more gruel. She had to fight it somehow.

'I wasn't through,' Gaea rumbled. 'But yes, I am. I am the earth Mother, though I am not of your Earth. All life springs from me. I am one of a pantheon that reaches to the stars. Call me a Titan.' " [Many other references in novel to Gaea as a 'Goddess,' or the Goddess of the inhabitants of this moon-sized being. Other refs. not in DB.]

goddess worship Gaia 2046 Bear, Greg. Eternity. New York: Warner Books (1988); pg. 22. "The summer before she began her formal schooling, her grandmother called upon her to return to Rhodos, and to spend some time with her. The sophe was reclusive. Many Rhodians thought she was a goddess. Her origins and the stories that had grown up around her supported their beliefs. Rhita had no fixed opinions. What the Lindians said and what her father and mother told her were confusingly far apart on some points and close on others. "
goddess worship galaxy -4990 B.C.E. Weis, Margaret & Tracy Hickman. Elven Star. New York: Bantam (1990); pg. 99. "'Don't speak sacrilege, Paithan. If you believe in the Mother you must believe in San and his followers, who rule the Dark.'

'Yeah, Umbar, we all know how religious you are! If you walked into one of the Mother's temples it's probably fall down on top of you!...'

...Peytin, Matriarch of Heaven. The elves believe that Peytin created a world for her mortal children. She appointed her eldest twin sons, Orn and Obi, to rule over it. Their younger brother, san, become [sic] jealous and, gathering together the greedy, warlike humans, waged war against his brothers. This war sundered the ancient world. San was banished below. The humans were cast out of the ancient world and sent to this one. Peytin created a race known as elf and sent them to restore the world's purity. " [Other refs. not in DB.]

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