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/
goddess worship galaxy -4990 B.C.E. Weis, Margaret & Tracy Hickman. Elven Star. New York: Bantam (1990); pg. 253. "'I wish to Orn I could, Thea,' Paithan answered, holding her, stroking her hair. 'But I can't. I've seen . . . oh, blessed Mother, Aleatha! What I've seen!' He sobbed, clasped his sister convulsively. "
goddess worship galaxy 1943 Lewis, C.S. Perelandra. New York: Simon & Schuster (1996; c. 1943); pg. 126. "And all the time, as a sort of background to these goddess shapes, the speaker was building up a picture of the other sex. "
goddess worship galaxy 1987 Hubbard, L. Ron. Mission Earth Vol. 8: Disaster. Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (1987); pg. 51. "'You THINK?' I cried. 'Oh, Goddess of the Seventh Sphere, prepare to take me to your breast and hold me there in peace.' "
goddess worship galaxy 1992 Snodgrass, Melinda M. Wild Cards X: Double Solitaire. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 174. "If God is a woman, She looks like that grand old dowager seated in the center.

It was an irreverent thought, and it sent Mark back to an embarrassed contemplation of his thumbnails. "

goddess worship galaxy 2235 Asimov, Isaac. Nemesis. New York: Doubleday (1989); pg. 1. "A small star, pinkish-red, the color of blood and destruction, and named appropriately.


Nemesis, the Goddess of Divine Retribution. "

goddess worship galaxy 2366 Friedman, Michael Jan. Fortune's Light (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1991); pg. 179. "Denyabe stopped him with a shake of his head. 'No. It's a lie. The goddess Fortune, the Light, the promise of wealth--all lies.' He smile at the android. 'Fortune doesn't turn double plays. She doesn't knock me in from second base. And she sure as hell doesn't grow crops.' "
goddess worship galaxy 2368 Vornholt, John. War Drums (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1992); pg. 124. Pg. 124: "Balak looked up the light shaft to study a microscopic bit of sky. 'Yes, a storm,' he smiled. 'Good night to see goddess.'

'Goddess?' asked Worf. 'You mentioned her before.'

'Not now, quiet,' cautioned Balak. 'Goddess for me now--you later.' ";

Pg. 157: "Gregg interjected, 'The Goddess told him that?'

Turrok nodded. 'Goddess right before. And Worf, Troi, and Data were gone...' " [Other refs., not in DB.]

goddess worship galaxy 2370 Cox, Greg & John Gregory Betancourt. Devil in the Sky (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 121. "Like the an [sic] inhuman Pied Piper, or the legendary Marching Goddess of Daffodon IX, Odo led the Hortas back toward the habitat ring. "
goddess worship galaxy 2372 Cox, Greg. The Black Shore (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 195. "She turned to confront Chakotay, towering over the fallen first officer like some bloodthirsty pagan goddess. "
goddess worship galaxy 2555 Barton, William. Acts of Conscience. New York: Warner Books (1997); pg. 311. "Sudden, stark memory of myself, stripped naked, tied to the Wheel of Men's Repentance, in the dim shadows of the Hall of Kali Meitner's Grace, whispering the prayer they'd taught me, Kali Meitner, beloved of God, who suffered for our sins, lend me the grace to suffer as you suffered at the dirty hands of . . .

Over the chanted dollie prayers, I heard a girl's voice sob, 'Oh, Goddess, why? Now I'll never see the egg . . .' " [Other refs., not in DB.]

goddess worship galaxy 2600 Grant, Richard. Through the Heart. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1991); pg. 295. "The craft had stopped during the night and Kem had been lying sleepless for hours, biding his time. Now his time had run out and thank the Goddess, he thought, Davina was still asleep or this would be too hard, too painful for him. "
goddess worship galaxy 2600 Grant, Richard. Through the Heart. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1991); pg. 372. "'...There is a balance between life and death, between humanity and the rest of the world. Or if you prefer, between mortals and the Goddess. And that is why, Kem. Why the wheel turns. Why we perform this ceremony year after year. So that the balance may be maintained. So that life can go on.' "
goddess worship galaxy 2700 Emerson, Jane. City of Diamond. New York: DAW (1996); pg. 174. "'I'm an old friend of the family, not to mention the representative of the Past Days Goddess--' "
goddess worship galaxy 3000 Nagata, Linda. Deception Well. New York: Bantam (1997); pg. 104. "Overhead, the swan burster had begun to expand into a feminine oval. Lot felt as if a goddess had opened her eye to look down on him. Yulyssa.

Yulyssa was well over five hundred years old, and she had known Jupiter. "

goddess worship galaxy 3900 Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Mercedes Lackey. Rediscovery. New York: DAW Books (1993); pg. 13. "'Probably gods. If against all odds, this were a Lost Colony, it would make Elizabeth happy,' Ysaye pointed out. 'Legends are her business, and in a sense religion is, too.'

John Haldane laughed. 'I can see it now: you and Elizabeth can be the goddesses, one black and one white.' He bowed to her, clasping his hands across his chest. 'Oh, great Sky-Goddess of Night, hear the prayers of your humble servant! You'd never want to come back to the ship, you'd have hundreds of nubile young men literally worshiping at your feet!' "

goddess worship galaxy 4010 Bradley, Marion Zimmer. Exile's Song. New York: DAW Books (1996); pg. 70. "Ugh! She stank of sweat and dirt and misery and the Goddess knew what else. " [May be other refs., not in DB, but didn't notice any during indexing.]
goddess worship galaxy 4025 Bradley, Marion Zimmer. Traitor's Sun. New York: DAW Books (1999); pg. 411. "'Maybe my years of living in the Federation have left me a bit cynical.' Katherine gave a thoughtful sigh. 'We have goddesses on Renney, and the people believe in them... well, it all started to seem ridiculous to me. It is very hard to go on believing in the power of goddesses when you have never seen one...'

Marguerida did not answer, thinking about her own experiences. Her memory swept back to the moment when she married Mikhail, in the presence of Varzil the Good and another, the goddess Evanda. She had never doubted the actuality of that, but she found herself reluctant to share the experience with her new friend. It was a very personal remembrance, and even now, years after the fact, it was so awesome that she could not bring herself to speak of it to anyone except Mikhai. " [Other refs. not in DB.]

goddess worship galaxy 13500 Herbert, Frank. Dune. Philadelphia: Chilton Book Co. (1965); pg. xv. [Definitions in 'Terminology of the Imperium'] "GREAT MOTHER: the horned goddess, the feminine principle of space (commonly: Mother Space), the feminine face of the male-female-neuter trinity accepted as Supreme Being by many religions within the Imperium. "
goddess worship God-Does-Battle 3460 Bear, Greg. Strength of Stones. New York: Warner Books (1991 revised ed.; copyright 1981, 1988); pg. 89. "'...I once trained to be a rab [rabbi]. What do you think of that? I was young, but devout. Then I decided the creed of the Catholic was more attractive. Then I joined a group which worshipped a very dark, ugly sort of goddess. None of them satisfied me...' "
goddess worship Greece -479 B.C.E. Wolfe, Gene. Soldier of the Mist. New York: Tor (1986); pg. 15. Pg. 15: "'...But you and I are going to the cave of the Earth Goddess. You don't remember what the sibyl said?' ";

Pg. 173: "I nodded and asked whether he was dedicated to the Triple Goddess.

'Yes indeed. Ever since I was a lad. She gives her worshipers all they ask--even old Hesiod says so in his verses, though none of his countrymen seemed to heed him. I admit she has some strange ways of doing it.' " [Many other refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]

goddess worship Grenada 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 89. "'...You can rush like Niagara on this stuff. Crystal THC, girl! The Goddess was cruisin' when She invented that one.'

'Those are mind-altering drugs,' Laura protested... 'They're dangerous.' " [Also pg. 98.]

goddess worship Heao's World 3500 Felice, Cynthia. Godsfire. New York: Pocket Books (1978); pg. 3. Pg. 3: "The highland winters have always been the fiercest in the realm; storms of stinging, icy rain, sometimes snow--which flatlanders don't believe in until they've wintered with us... Some fishers did brave the turbulence that the goddess Oceana set upon the waters, and with their belay lines holding them fast, they netted fresh kelp and fish... "; Pg. 4: "'I thought that the catch would be good because the sky was calm,' I said. Supposedly, Oceana's mood was reflected in the sky. "
goddess worship Hegira 4000 Bear, Greg. Hegira. New York: Tor (1989; 1st printed 1979); pg. 26. "'And you felt God was punishing you.'

'She was all I loved.'

'It's ridiculous to believe God would punish someone else for your own wrongdoings. That's ego, not Kristianity.' " [The god of Christianity is here referred to as a 'she'.]

goddess worship Hegira 4000 Bear, Greg. Hegira. New York: Tor (1989; 1st printed 1979); pg. 89. "Kiril accepted it with a joyous heart. He listened intently to stories told by the crew of dozens of encounters with civilizations that had never known foreign trade, or even foreigners -- without a single mishap. 'She's a goddess!' he told Bar-Woten enthusiastically, patting the varnished oak railings. 'One king even called her a Kwan-Yin -- Mercy. What a ship we chose to join!' "
goddess worship Idaho 1998 York, J. Steven. Generation X: Crossroads. New York: Berkley (1998); pg. 70. "Somehow he was on his feet, yelling some animal sound, running toward [Paige Guthrie] as more pieces seemed to fall away from her body. And then he saw that she was tearing them away, exposing something as bright, polished, and hard as the knife blade that Angelo held in his hand.

Husk, he'd heard one of the other students call her, but he'd never imagined why.

...even as she turned to him, her face like a statue of a goddess... "

goddess worship India 1000 C.E. Anthony, Piers & Alfred Tella. The Willing Spirit. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 73. "At the far end of the hall, glowering down over the assembly, stood an enormous golden idol, fully five times the height of a man. The giant figure sat crosslegged, a great red ruby protruding from its forehead. The idol's six graceful arms stretched out invitingly; one clutched a sword.

Hari saw that the bare-breasted deity was garlanded with skulls, and he knew at once that this could only be the great goddess Kali. A shudder ran through him. Kali: the black one, the inaccessible, the patroness of murderers, the goddess of sacrifice and death.

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.]

goddess worship India 2127 Card, Orson Scott. Shadow of the Hegemon. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 343. "'Listen to her [Virlomi], Petra,' said Suriyawon. 'She's a goddess, you know.' " [See also pg. 310-311, in which Indian troops mistook Virlomi for a goddess at the bridge.]
goddess worship Kenya 1996 Skolnick, Evan. "Order from Chaos " in The Ultimate X-Men (Stan Lee, ed.) New York: Berkley (1996); pg. 230. "Upon rejoining the tribes of her mother's youth near the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, Ororo learned that she and her mother, N'Dare, were descended from a line of African witch-priestesses that could be traced back to the dawn of humanity. All the women in this line of descent had white hair, blue eyes, and the potential for magical powers.

Ororo's newfound power to control the weather, however, was neither magical nor mystical. Rather, it was the byproduct of a random mutation of her DNA. Like so many others, Ororo was a mutant, a member, not of homo sapiens, but of the newly emerging subgenus homo superior.

Ororo used her weather-altering abilities to help several local Kenyan tribes in times of need. In return, they worshipped her as a goddess. " [Story has a few other references to Ororo's time as an African 'goddess.']

goddess worship Kenya 2000 Roman, Steven A. X-Men/Doctor Doom: The Chaos Engine. New York: BP Books (2000); pg. 23. "She [Ororo] smiled. Mild, bright mornings like this reminded her of her years as a 'goddess' on the plains of Kenya, in East Africa--back when she really thought she might be some sort of Earth-bound deity, possessing an innate ability to control the weather; how this might be so, considering both her parents had been 'mortals,' had never troubled her. But whatever the source of her powers, if drought threatened the land, it only took a single thought to summon a modest-sized storm that prevented the crops--or her faithful worshippers--from dying; too much rainfall, and she could banish the clouds before the precious topsoil was washed away. It was a simple life, with simple responsibilities--one light years away from the days she had spent as a child on the streets of Cairo, Egypt, following her parents' deaths. "
goddess worship Kenya 2000 Roman, Steven A. X-Men/Doctor Doom: The Chaos Engine. New York: BP Books (2000); pg. 26. "Back in Kenya, no one worried about such inconsequentials as modesty, not when there were far more important concerns to address. Certainly, her people would never have asked their goddess to cover herself up with strips of cloth--it would have been an insult. "; Pg. 27: "Ororo frowned. How odd that she couldn't remember the name of the man who had come to visit her in Kenya four years ago; who had explained that she was no deity, but a mutant--a 'child of the atom,' as others of her kind were later referred to. A human being, not a goddess, gifted with wondrous powers... "
goddess worship Luna 2100 Varley, John. "The Barbie Murders " in Isaac Asimov's Detectives (Gardner Dozois and Sheila Williams, eds.) New York: Ace Books (1998; c. 1978); pg. 11. "But the faith held that peace was achieved in striving to regain that lost Eden. When all humans were again the same person, Goddess would welcome them back. Life was a testing, a trial. "
goddess worship Luna 2100 Varley, John. "The Barbie Murders " in Isaac Asimov's Detectives (Gardner Dozois and Sheila Williams, eds.) New York: Ace Books (1998; c. 1978); pg. 28. "Equalization was the barbie's way of standardizing experience. They had been unable to simplify their lives to the point where each member of the community experienced the same things every day; the Book of Standards said it was a goal to be aimed for, but probably unattainable this side of Holy Reassimilation with goddess. They tried to keep the available jobs easy enough that each member could do them all. "
goddess worship Luna 2100 Varley, John. "The Barbie Murders " in Isaac Asimov's Detectives (Gardner Dozois and Sheila Williams, eds.) New York: Ace Books (1998; c. 1978); pg. 30. "'...but the vengeful hand of Goddess will not be stayed. The mark is upon you, our one-time sisters. Your sins have set you apart, and retribution will strike swiftly.

'There are five of you left. Goddess knows who you are, and will not tolerate your perversion of her holy truth. Death will strike you when you least expect it. Goddess sees the differentness within you, the differentness you seek but hope to hide from your upright sisters.' " [Other refs., not in DB.]

goddess worship Mars 2110 Robinson, Kim Stanley. Green Mars. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 284. "They had studied some ancient matriarchal cultures, and based some of their customs on the ancient Minoan civilization and the Hopi of North America. Thus they worshipped a goddess who represented life on Mars, something like a personification of Hiroko's viriditas, or a deification of Hiroko herself. And in daily life the women owned the households, and would pass them on to their youngest daughters: ultimogeniture, Ariadne called it, a custom of the Hopi. And so with the Hopi, men moved into their wives' houses on marriage. "
goddess worship Mars 2114 Robinson, Kim Stanley. Green Mars. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 338. "'Mother goddess of the world,' Nadia said... "; Pg. 339: "A group of youngsters... saw them... and they cried, 'Hey, the two witches!' and came over to squish them together with hugs and kisses. Kinetc reality, Nadia thought... "
goddess worship Massachusetts 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 16: "Away Game! ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (June 1984); pg. 14. Tarot: "Splendid, Catseye! May the Goddess grant... That Tarot does as well against her foe. "; Mirage's thoughts: "She's bringing the picture on that card to life! It's the Devil! "
goddess worship Massachusetts: Nantucket -1250 B.C.E. Sterling, S. M. Island in the Sea of Time. New York: Penguin (1998); pg. 97. "...better to use her praise-name of Crow Goddess... " [Many other refs., e.g., pg. 129, 131, 161, etc.]
goddess worship Nevada: Las Vegas 1992 Powers, Tim. Last Call. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1992); pg. 62. "'Somebody's killing the moon, the goddess; some woman has apparently taken on the--what would the word be--goddess-hood and somebody's killing her...' " [Other refs., not in DB.]
goddess worship New Jersey 1974 Morrow, James. Only Begotten Daughter. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1990); pg. 36. Pg. 35: "'...Inverse parthenogenesis.'

'What the hell are you talking about?'

'One of my sperm began meiosis without an egg.'

'It did?'

'An egg of indeterminate origin, at least.'

Instantly Georgina's dormant Catholicism awoke. Crossing herself, she whispered 'Mother of God' and, quavering with awe, approached the crib. 'Wow--I knew God had eggs, I just knew it.' She grasped the teething rail and took a deep Yogic breath. 'You know what we're looking at? We're looking at one of those times when God herself comes barging into human history and gets things cracking.' "; Pg. 36: "'Not God God, I mean GOD God. The God beyond God.' Georgina splayed her fingers, ticking off her pantheon. 'The Spirit of Absolute Being, the World Mother, the Wisdom Goddess, the Overmind, the Primal Hermaphrodite.' " [Other refs., not in DB.]

goddess worship New York 1997 Duane, Diane. X-Men: Empire's End. New York: Berkley (1998 softcover; 1st ed. 1997); pg. 38. "Some goddess they would have thought me in the old days, could they have seen me having this kind of trouble, Storm thought, gritting her teeth again and pounding her consciousness into that layer of air above her... "
goddess worship New York 1997 Duane, Diane. X-Men: Empire's End. New York: Berkley (1998 softcover; 1st ed. 1997); pg. 81. "Storm's eyes went wide. 'Hank--in the Goddess's name, how are we supposed to deal with...' "
goddess worship New York: New York City 1966 Shiner, Lewis. "The Long, Dark Night of Fortunato " in Wild Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1986); pg. 238. "The kali yuga, the most corrupt of ages, now upon us. 'Do whatever you desire, for in this way you please the goddess.' Shakti. Semen as the rasa, the juice, of power: the yod. Sodomy that revived the dead. "
goddess worship New York: New York City 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 22: "The Shadow Within ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Dec. 1984); pg. 12. Pg. 12: Selene: "Herr Friedrich von Roehm? "; von Roehm: "I am he, Madame, the proprietor of this establishment. "; Selene: "Dismiss your staff for the rest of the day. "; von Roehm: "And who are you, to give me orders?! Get out, woman, before I have you arrested! "; Selene: "Since you speak from ignorance, I will forgive your impertinence, this time. I would like this gem appraised. It is unique. Legend says... when one looks at it a certain way... a face can be seen. "; von Roehm: "Gasp! By the Sacred Fire--Selene!! After two millennia, our Goddess has returned! "; Pg. 13: von Roehm: "As your high priest, blessed one, I exist to serve. Your slightest wish is my command. "; Selene: "Such loyalty, von Roehm, is most welcome. I require a residence, one that will allow me both to exercise my powers in safety and bring certain... plans to their fruition--preferably one which provides access to wealth and influence. "; [von Roehm then suggests the Hellfire Club.]
goddess worship Roman Empire 300 C.E. Anderson, Poul & Karen Anderson. The King of Ys: Roma Mater. New York: Baen (1986); pg. 18. "They celebrated the eve with the best their stores could provide, putting some outside for the Goddess. Who would be traveling that night, and grain for Her white cow. They reckoned, however, that Brigit was also pleased if the food went to the needy, or to those parties of youths and maidens that carried His emblems from home to home across the land--as long as the gift was given in Her name. " [Other refs. not in DB, e.g., pg. 27, 74, 196, 287-297, 344, etc.]
goddess worship Roman Empire 620 C.E. Douglas, L. Warren. The Veil of Years. New York: Baen (2001); pg. 5. "This is a story of the land, of a woman descended on her mother's side from folk who neither plowed nor sowed, but took what the Goddess gave, and drank from her breasts, the sacred pools of the land. They called Goddess and land alike Ma. Though inscribed in no Pantheon, her name is remembered in mater, mother, in mare, which is sea, in mammae, women's breasts, and above all in Man, born of Ma. " [Extensive other refs., not in DB.]
goddess worship Scandinavia 867 C.E. Harrison, Harry & John Holm. One King's Way. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 354. "The Finns looked graceless, like birds with clipped wings. Yet they were often enough about the station, coming in to trade or to examine what went on. One of Herjolf's priest-companions was a devotee of the goddess Skathi, the ski-goddess of the mountains. He spoke the Finnish tongue and often traveled with them, learning their lore. "
goddess worship South America -3005 B.C.E. Gaskell, Jane. The Serpent. New York: St. Martin's Press (1977; c. 1963); pg. 74. Pg. 74: "'Of course, Clor, Eng, escort the poor little Goddess back to her place in the lines.'

'...I'd love to escort you back, Goddess, but I'm afraid I have a lot to attend to elsewhere just now...' ";

Pg. 75: "...oh, this is Alurg, Leader, who brought the message; Leader, this is my friend the Goddess Cija, but we've all met before really, haven't we. "

goddess worship South America -3005 B.C.E. Gaskell, Jane. The Serpent. New York: St. Martin's Press (1977; c. 1963); pg. 92. "Last night he put his hand under my chin. 'Do you still hate me, Goddess?' he asked while she laughed. Though she never does so, she likes him to call me Goddess, it reminds her that she owns something considered important. 'Why, no,' I stuttered vehemently, blushing hotly. " [Some other refs., not in DB.]
goddess worship Texas 1984 Heinlein, Robert A. Job: A Comedy of Justice. New York: Ballantine (1984); pg. 231. "'Oh, oh! Yes, Alec, our daughter is a good girl and as civilized as one can expect in a teenager. but she is an apprentice witch, a recent convert to the Old Religion...'

Margrethe answered for me: 'We will be most careful. This 'Old Religion'--is this the worship of Odin?'

...'No. Or at least I don't think so...'

Kate Farnsworth added, 'I have never heard Sybil mention Odin. Mostly she speaks just of 'the Goddess.' Don't Druids worship Odin? Truly I don't know...' "

goddess worship Texas: Galveston 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 11. "'We Temple women believe in the divinity of the sexual act.' Reverend Morgan leaned back in her bucket seat, stroking her hair with both hands. 'The erotic power of the Goddess can destroy evil.'

The slogan found a niche in Laura's memory. 'I see,' Laura said politely. 'The Church of Ishtar. I know your movement, but I hadn't recognized the name.'

'It's a new name--old principles. You're too young to remember the Cold War... Because we put an end to it. We invoked the Goddess to take the war out of men. We melted the cold war with divine body heat.' The reverend sniffed. 'Male power mongers claimed the credit, of course. But the triumph belonged to our Goddess. She saved Mother Earth from the nuclear madness. And she continues to heal society today.' " [Many other refs. to the Goddess, not in DB. Some refs. under 'religious - fictional', records for 'Church of Ishtar.']

goddess worship Tiamat 3500 Vinge, Joan D. The Snow Queen. New York: Dial Press (1980); pg. 12-14. [Year guessed at.] "...They can serve the Lady by serving their fellow human beings as sibyls, as I do. Some of us are born with a special seed inside us, and it only waits for the Lady to touch us and make it grow... By then you'll be sure it isn't just the crying of sea birds you hear. But always remember, in the end it won't be you who will choose the Lady, but the Lady Who will choose you.' "; Pg. 14: "'Let the Sea Mother witness that you hold my willing heart...' " [The deity worshipped by the people of this far-future culture on the planet Tiamat is always referred to as a female, either as the Lady or as the Sea Mother. This could be classified as a form of goddess worship, although the Tiamat version is not equivalent to most contemporary usages of the term. Other references to this religion are listed in database under 'Tiamat religion'.]
goddess worship United Kingdom 96 C.E. Bradley, Marion Zimmer. Lady of Avalon. New York: Viking Penguin (1997); pg. 28. "...known any home but that of the priestesses. But they had skills that would win them a welcome in any British chieftain's hall.. They had come to serve the goddess because She called them, and if the Goddess wanted priestesses, Caillean thought with the beginnings of a smile, it was up to Her to find the means to feed them. " [Many refs. to the Goddess and worshippers, not in DB.]
goddess worship United Kingdom 100 C.E. Bradley, Marion Zimmer. Lady of Avalon. New York: Viking Penguin (1997); pg. 104. Pg. 104: "Are you a priestess? What has become of your faith? Caillean smiled, realizing she was scolding herself as if she had been one of her own maidens. Cannot you trust in the Goddess to take care of Her own? "; Pg. 114: "And then he was standing once more, facing the goddess, and Her third shape moved painfully forward to confront him. Her crown was made of bones.

'I am the Crone,' she said harshly, 'the Ancient One, the Lady of Wisdom. I have seen everything, endured everything, given everything. I am Death, Gawen, without which nothing can be transformed. Will you take oath to me?' "; Pg. 127: "'The God has joined with the Goddess,' Caillean proclaimed, 'the Lord with the Land!' "

goddess worship United Kingdom 249 C.E. Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Diana L. Paxson Priestess of Avalon. New York: Viking (2001) [Book jacket] "Priestess of Avalon tells the engrossing story of the British princess Eilan, known to the Romans as Helena. Helena's journey begins in Avalon when she falls in love with a Roman officer destined for imperial greatness... We follow Helena as she grows from maiden to mother to wisewoman, experiencing both joy--with the birth of her child--and loss, when politics will force her lover to choose between her and the Empire. But when her son Constantine becomes Emperor, she slowly discovers that her role has gone far beyond that of the traditional mother. . . .

Helena finds herself at the center of a crucial turning point in Western history as she seeks a way to bridge the pagan world of the Goddess and the new Christian Empire. And, as Empress-Mother, Helena embarks on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to find the truth that transcends both the old religion and the new. " [Refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]

goddess worship United Kingdom 1973 Sagan, Carl. Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (2000; c. 1973); pg. 76. "Britannia, the goddess on the obverse face of the old British penny. "
goddess worship United Kingdom 1994 Holdstock, Robert. The Hollowing. New York: Roc (1994); pg. 153. "'But Jack invoked the Crow Goddess to exact revenge and she shapechanges him into his father's gory head...' " [Also pg. 239]
goddess worship United Kingdom 1994 McAuley, Paul J. Fairyland. New York: Avon Books (1997; c 1995); pg. -3. [Frontispiece] "'. . . the Goddess starts her endgame in Britain, where nobody's looking . . .'

--Fraser Clark, August, 1994 "

goddess worship United Kingdom 1996 Bova, Ben. "Legendary Heroes " in Twice Seven. New York: Avon Books (1998; c. 1996); pg. 118. "She was one of the Creators, I realized. I loved a goddess. And she loved me. " [more]
goddess worship United Kingdom 2030 McAuley, Paul J. Fairyland. New York: Avon Books (1997; c 1995); pg. 75. "'...They do what your viruses do, only it' purer, very intense and very precise. I made the first strain. It gives you a vision of the Madonna--the Mother of God, not the pop star. I let it loose, and the hackers took over. There are fifty-eight strains I know of, now, all developed inside a year. Some reveal Elvis Presley or Princess Di, others God Herself in clouds of glory...' "
goddess worship United Kingdom: England 500 C.E. Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Mists of Avalon. New York: Ballantine (1984; c. 1982); pg. ix. "MORGAINE SPEAKS... Now in truth I have come to be wise-woman, and a time may come when these things may need to be known. But in sober truth, I think it is the Christians who will tell the last tale. For ever the world of Fairy drifts further from the world in which the Christ holds sway. I have no quarrel with the Christ, only with his priests, who call the Great Goddess a demon... " [Many refs. throughout novel, not in DB. Goddess worship is central to the novel. As a title page states, the central character is Morgaine, and the central theme is her "one quest: to wrest Britain away from Christianity--the new religion which views women as the carriers of original sin--and to return it to the worship of the Mother Goddess. "]
goddess worship United Kingdom: England 500 C.E. Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Mists of Avalon. New York: Ballantine (1984; c. 1982); pg. 11. "'The two are one,' said Merlin... 'but the followers of Christ have chosen to say, not that they shall have no other Gods before their God, but that there is no other God save for their God...'

Igraine quickly made the holy sign against blasphemy.

'But that cannot be,' she insisted. 'No single God can rule all things . . . and what of the goddess? What of the Mother . . .?'

'They believe,' said Viviane... 'that there is no Goddess; for the principle of woman, so they say, is the principle of all evil; through woman, so they say, Evil entered this world; there is some fantastic Jewish tale about an apple and a snake.'

'The goddess will punish them,' Igraine said, shaken. 'And yet you married me to one of them?'

'We did not know that their blasphemy was so all encompassing,' "

goddess worship United Kingdom: England 500 C.E. Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Mists of Avalon. New York: Ballantine (1984; c. 1982); pg. 79. "Father Columba came out ton the terrace. He said austerely, 'You should not talk to the child of Goddesses and superstition. Gorlois wishes her to be reared as a good Christian maiden...' "
goddess worship United Kingdom: England 500 C.E. Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Mists of Avalon. New York: Ballantine (1984; c. 1982); pg. 484. "'It is what happens to the soul of the man,' said Lancelet, 'not whether it is Christian or pagan or Druid. If Gareth faces the mystery in his heart, and it makes him a better man in his soul, does it matter whence it comes, from the Goddess of from Christ or from the Name the Druids may not speak--or from the very goodness within himself?' "
goddess worship United Kingdom: England 500 C.E. Woolley, Persia. Queen of the Summer Stars. New York: Poseidon Press (1990); pg. 28. Pg. 28: "'There's some things, my dear, which men will never understand--even, or perhaps particularly, men of the cloth. I've made my peace as regards my Christian life, and expect to see heaven they tell of soon enough; but it's wise to give credit where it's due, and matters that pertain to the Goddess are best shared with one who follows the Old Ways...' "; Pg. 32: "'...Whenever I remember those days, I think the Goddess Herself had taken up residence in the cave below the fortress, for every moment pulsed with a fierce, primeval power.' "; Pg. 34: "'It was a night when I was the Goddess incarnate, and that huge carved bed was my altar,' the Queen Mother whispered. "; Pg. 36: "This was not a relationship to be woven into everyday life, but a gift from the Gods--a touching beyond time that no human could gainsay. They were not the first the Goddess had brought together this way, nor would they be the last... " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
goddess worship United Kingdom: England 1100 C.E. White, T. H. The Once and Future King. New York: Ace Books (1996; c. 1939, 1940, 1958); pg. 559. "Lancelot and Guenever were sitting at the solar window. An observer of the present day, who knew the Arthurian legend only from Tennyson and people of that sort, would have been startled to see that the famous lovers were past their prime... In those days people loved each other for their lives, without the conveniences of the divorce court and the psychiatrist. They had a God in heaven and a goddess on earth--and, since people who devote themselves to goddesses must exercise some caution about the ones to whom they are devoted, they neither chose them by passing standards of the flesh alone, nor abandoned it lightly when the bruckle thing began to fail. "

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