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/
Hinduism USA 1963 Grimwood, Ken. Replay. New York: Arbor House (1986); pg. 149. "'Call it God, call it the Atman, call it whatever you like. You know the Gita:

The recollected mind is awake
In the knowledge of the Atman
Which is dark night to the ignorant:
The ignorant are awake in their sense-life
Which they think is daylight:
To the seer it is darkness

'We can illuminate that darkness,' she said with unexpected fervor. 'We can--'

'Look, let's drop the spiritual stuff for a minute. Finish your story...' "

Hinduism USA 1972 Nelson, Ray. "Time Travel for Pedestrians " in Again, Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1972); pg. 141. "From there I could see, scotch-taped to the lower face of the upper bunk, a Hindy hypnograph I had put up there some months ago when I had used it to soothe a toothache through hypnosis. "
Hinduism USA 1978 King, Stephen. The Stand. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1978); pg. 426. "'...You know what I think? It's a Zen question, not really a question at all but a way to clear your mind, like saying Om and looking at the tip of your nose.' "
Hinduism USA 1984 Heinlein, Robert A. Job: A Comedy of Justice. New York: Ballantine (1984); pg. 235. Kama Sutra
Hinduism USA 1991 McCammon, Robert R. Boy's Life. New York: Pocket Books (1992; c. 1991); pg. 91. "He looked like a picture of a dark Hindu mystic I'd seen in one of my National Geographics, though, of course, he was neither dark nor Hindu. "
Hinduism USA 1993 Simmons, Dan. The Hollow Man. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 269. "Jeremy remembers that Vak is also the name of the goddess of vibration in the Rig-Veda. "
Hinduism USA 1993 Turrow, Scott. Personal Injuries. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1999); pg. 212. "'I see your aura,' said Hilary across the room, pretending to be a character from the Canis galaxy, who supposedly had the ability of dogs to see the halo of emotional discharge around a human being. 'I see your awe-rah,' she said and waved her hands swami-like as she approached. "
Hinduism USA 1994 Milan, Victor. "My Sweet Lord " in Wild Cards: Book II of a New Cycle: Marked Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Baen (1994); pg. 94. "'Don't call him 'Hosenose,' man. You're making fun of his disability.'

' 'Disability?' Mark, he's the spitting image of a god. if there wasn't something funny going on, the Hindu kingdoms would all have put their little squabbles aside so he could rule and lead them in squashing their Muslim neighbors.'

'He'd never do that. He's a man of peace.' "

Hinduism USA 1995 Chalker, Jack L. The Cybernetic Walrus (Book One of The Wonderland Gambit). New York: Ballantine (1995); pg. 275. "Some basics held true whether you were reincarnated or translated. Reincarnates did usually swap sex with each new life, just like the Hindus said; translation types tended to stay the same. "
Hinduism USA 1996 Hickman, Tracy. The Immortals. New York: ROC/Penguin Books (1997; c. 1996); pg. 261. "For certain is death for the born
And certain is birth for the dead;
Therefore, over the inevitable
Thou shouldst not grieve.

--Bhagavad Gita
ch. 2, sec. 27 "

Hinduism USA 1997 Bradbury, Ray. "Nothing Changes " in Driving Blind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 115. "Tearing up the cabbage patch is how Mr. Lemley told it later. If the God of Vengeance and Terror was Shiva with many arms, I was a small but louder god, with a dozen hands seizing books, cursing at revelations, frights, and elations, alone, as witness to a big parade marching nowhere... "
Hinduism USA 1999 King, Stephen. Hearts in Atlantis. New York: Scribner (1999); pg. 474. "No, old mamasan continued to pop in for the occasional visit and she hadn't changed a bit since the days when 'Instant Karma' was a top-ten hit. "
Hinduism USA 2001 Schindler, Solomon. Young West. New York: Arno Press & The New York Times (1971; c. 1894); pg. 119. "I was the only one who took the whole matter in a more serious sway. Whenever I found an opportunity, I had some new question to ask Mr. Brandon, which he always answered in a most pleasant manner. He advised me to read several books, especially the religious text books of former times, among them, the Vedas, the Bible, and the Koran. I tried to read them but they were so uninteresting to me that I gave up the attempt.

What surprised me most in them was that they all advised to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, not to take what belonged to others, etc. "

Hinduism USA 2004 Hand, Elizabeth. Catwoman. New York: Ballantine (2004). Based on screenplay by John Rogers, Mike Ferris, and John Brancato; pg. 105. There were certanly many books here, but there were even more artifacts, plunder from a lifetime of travel and collecting and research. Painted leather shadow puppets, carven Garudas, bronze Buddhas and silver Hindu deities...
Hinduism USA 2010 Bury, Stephen. Interface. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 133. "Anyone who adhered, at least nominally, to any religion that was invented millennia ago by people who ran around in burlap and believed that the Earth was built on the back of a turtle--that is, any of the major religions--ran into little dilemmas like this on a regular basis... "
Hinduism USA 2010 Bury, Stephen. Interface. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 134. "And when the ambulance had brought a Chiricahua Apache in to the Elton State University hospitals with a severe brain bleed that needed emergency surgery, Dr. Radhakrishnan had not had time to consult all of the religious authorities in order to figure out whether Hinduism allowed him to touch an Apache. He just gloved up and dove in there. At a certain point one had to just shrug, stop looking over one's shoulder theologically, and get on with life. Perhaps in some later life, at some more mystical plane of existence, Dr. Radhakrishnan would find out whether or not he had broken any cosmic rules by touching an Apache in New Mexico, or by touching Messrs. Easyrider and Scatflinger here in Delhi. In the meantime, like everyone elses, he had to translate the arcane precepts of his ancient religion into a somewhat looser and vaguer set of rules called ethics, or values. " [This Hindu is a main character, but his religion is only mentioned here.]
Hinduism USA 2029 Clarke, Arthur C. The Hammer of God. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 85. "The Prophet never disowned the young man who claimed to be her son, nor did she make any serious attempts to conceal later involvements with lovers of both genders. Indeed, a relaxed attitude to sexual matters, almost approaching that of Hinduism, was one of the most striking differences between Chrislam and its parent religions. "
Hinduism USA 2032 Butler, Octavia. Parable of the Talents. New York: Seven Stories Press (1998); pg. 23. "Jarret supporters... A witch, in their view, tends to be a Moslem, a Jew, a Hindu, a Buddhist... "
Hinduism USA 2032 Butler, Octavia. Parable of the Talents. New York: Seven Stories Press (1998); pg. 84. "'...Can our country be just a little bit Christain and a little bit Buddhist, maybe? How about a little bit Christian and a little bit Hindu?...' "
Hinduism USA 2195 Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin (1986); pg. 300. "Tomorrow afternoon, Professor Gopal Chatterjee, of the Department of Western Philosophy, University of Baroda, India, will speak on 'Krishna and Kali Elements in the State Religion of the Early Gilead Period'... " ['Gilead' refers to the U.S. after transformed into a monotheocracy in late 20th century.]
Hinduism Vietnam 1965 Scarborough, Elizabeth Ann. The Healer's War. New York: Doubleday (1988); pg. 68. "Well, what the hell. The dialogue wasn't exactly from Gone With the Wind, but the action was certainly impressive. He was innovative and skillful, all over me and that bed. The man had to have pored over the Kama Sutra as thoroughly as he'd studied his helicopter manuals... "
Hinduism Vietnam 1965 Scarborough, Elizabeth Ann. The Healer's War. New York: Doubleday (1988); pg. 124-125. "'...Do Saints have halos, or is it just angels? I mean, could there be maybe Buddhist or Hindu saints that God knows about but hasn't let the Church in on yet?...'

...'...The Holy Father holds the patent on halos and on saints and angels, since you ask. Auras, now. Anyone can have an aura. Buddhists and Hindus and the lot are lousy with them. They have quite a few over to Duke University back in the States as well... Buddhists and them other Easterners are only authorized auras, martrys or no. You mark my words, girl, and watch your step. They get you poor little lukewarm Methodists and all over here and pump you full of Asian germs and start showing you auras, next thing you know you'll be runnin' around shoutin' Harry Krishna and playin' with matches and gasoline' "

Hinduism Vietnam: Saigon 1994 Milan, Victor. "My Sweet Lord " in Wild Cards: Book II of a New Cycle: Marked Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Baen (1994); pg. 74. "An astounding calvacade was approaching down the broad street of the former Chinese quarter. To the skirl of chants, chimes, and pipes, came a bevy of maidens of celestial beauty, hung about with flowers, and trinkets of ivory and gold: the sort of Indian gaud usually attendant upon Indian gods. So celestial was their beauty, in fact, that their bare lotus feet failed to touch the pavement as they walked.

next up were a band of youths, boys and girls alike, dressed in the saffron robes of sannyasi, India ascetics. " [More here. Other refs. to Hinduism throughout story, most not in DB.]

Hinduism Vietnam: Saigon 1994 Milan, Victor. "My Sweet Lord " in Wild Cards: Book II of a New Cycle: Marked Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Baen (1994); pg. 74-75. Pg. 74: "And behind came the evident object of that praise: a joker with an opulent belly spilling over a simple loin cloth. His head was the head of an elephant, with one tusk. He carried a parasol in his trunk to shade himself. He rode a giant white rat whose eyes were the color of blood... Ganesha. Oh, wow.

Oblivious, the calvacade danced straight up to the flank of the BMP. The Apsarases... the celestial babes... winged out to either side and froze into pretty curtsies, still in midair. Ganesha dismounted and danced up to the half-track. "; Pg. 75: "And he didn't know squat about Hindu religion, so he had no idea he was being confronted by the spitting image of an actual god, offspring of Shiva and Parvati.

...Ganesha smiled. 'Know that I am the Remover of Obstacles,' he sang in his high, pure voice. His acolytes cheered. "

Hinduism Vietnam: Saigon 1994 Milan, Victor. "My Sweet Lord " in Wild Cards: Book II of a New Cycle: Marked Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Baen (1994); pg. 76. "'I am a joker,' the guru sang, 'and a holy fool. He who would harm any of the Lord Krishna's children, let him first strike me.' "
Hinduism Vietnam: Saigon 1994 Milan, Victor. "My Sweet Lord " in Wild Cards: Book II of a New Cycle: Marked Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Baen (1994); pg. 80-81. "He [Ganesha] appeared harmless enough, pale, fat, and jolly, like an Asian Santa Claus with a trunk. She had learned to put small stock in appearance. Maya, the Hindus called it. "
Hinduism Vietnam: Saigon 1994 Milan, Victor. "My Sweet Lord " in Wild Cards: Book II of a New Cycle: Marked Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Baen (1994); pg. 99. "'There are, my daughter, many varieties of maya,' the guru was explaining. 'In the latter days, after wise Shankara sought to reconcile Hinduism with Buddhism, maya came to be understood by many as meaning illusion, pure and simple. Yet there is an older meaning, woven through the Vedas, by which maya is the creative energy of nature and gods. And Nature, while it is real through the will and eternal presence of Braham, is yet real enough...' " [More.]
Hinduism Washington, D.C. 1995 Hand, Elizabeth. Waking the Moon. New York: HarperPrism (1995); pg. 193. Pg. 193: "Baby Joe's idea of must-hear stuff included the Ramayana Monkey Chant... "; Pg. 202: "old west wing of the National Gallery of Art... had been transformed into an idealized Indian village, like something from a soundstage for Kim. Gaudy paisley pennants hung from booths selling wooden toys and puri, lime pickle and vegetable samosas and edible effigies of Duraga with spun sugar skulls dangling from her neck... with the shrill voices of children shouting in Hindi as they practiced their tumbling, clambering onto each other's backs to form pyramids three or four-high... "; Pg. 242: Kali, Durga (also pg. 254)
Hinduism world -1210 B.C.E. Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 188. Pg. 188: "For instance, here are some random dates as they appear on the Illuminati system of reckoning:

...The Rig-Veda written: 2790 A.M... ";

Pg. 192: "Abdul Alhazred's concept of the Great Cycle, which derived actually from the Upanishads.... "

Hinduism world -445 B.C.E. Vidal, Gore. Creation. New York: Random House (1981); pg. 145. "For some time, the original populations of Greece and Persia and India have been trying to overthrow the gods--or devils--of the Aryans. In every country Zeus-Varuna-Brahma is being denied. "
Hinduism world -340 B.C.E. de Camp, L. Sprague. "Aristotle and the Gun " in Modern Classics of Science Fiction. (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; story c. 1956); pg. 40. "'What do they call the elephant in India?' he asked.

The question caught me by surprise, for it had never occurred to me to learn ancient Hindustani along with all the other things I had to know for this expedition... but then a mental broad-jump carried me back to the stories of Kipling I had read as a boy.

'We call it a hathi, I said. 'Though of course there are many languages in India.' " [The main character pretends to be from India when he travels back in time to find Aristotle. No actual refs. to Hinduism, as the term was not invented until much later.]

Hinduism world 1887 Brunner, John. The Sheep Look Up. New York: Harper & Row (1972); pg. 65-66 . "The Sacred Sower: Being a Collection of Hymns and Devout Songs Adapted to the Use of Missionary Societies ", 1887: "...Heathens and stubborn Jews,
Lovers of Juggernaut,
Give them the chance to choose
That which the Saviour taught "
Hinduism world 1945 Wilson, Robert Charles. Darwinia. New York: Tor (1998); pg. 256. "The Hindus spoke of detachment, or was it the Buddhists? To abandon the world. Abandon desire. How awful, Lily thought. "; Pg. 269: "'Who sees the variety and not the unity, wanders on from death to death.'

--Katha Upanishad "

Hinduism world 1946 Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. New York: HarperCollins (1999; c. 1932, 1946); pg. x. [Forward by Huxley.] "Religion would be the conscious and intelligent pursuit of man's Final End, the unitive knowledge of the immanent Tao or Logos, the transcendent Godhead or Brahman. "
Hinduism world 1947 Bear, Greg. Dinosaur Summer. New York: Time Warner (1998); pg. 79. "Ray laughed, then turned the page on his pad and began sketching an ancient Hindu temple. "
Hinduism world 1950 Barton, William. "Home is Where the Heart Is " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 246. "Five megatons, I thought. We calculated five megatons. This . . . ten? Fifteen? somewhere, we've done something wrong.

Watching the pressure wave cross the desert toward us, raising a cloud of dust, Apu, in a voice hushed with wonder and sorrow, said, ' 'I am become Death . . .' '

' '. . . the Destroyer of Worlds.' ' replied Sakharov... "

Hinduism world 1956 Knight, Damon. "Extempore " in The Best of Damon Knight. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1976; c. 1956); pg. 152. "Bossi had fasted all day, having in mind the impressive results claimed by Yogis, early Christian saints and Amerinds... "
Hinduism world 1968 Milan, Victor. "My Sweet Lord " in Wild Cards: Book II of a New Cycle: Marked Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Baen (1994); pg. 95. "'You never had a guru, did you?... Back when the Beatles and the Who and everybody and his dog was trooping East for Enlightenment. You missed that scene, too, didn't you?...' "
Hinduism world 1969 de Camp, L. Sprague. "Creation " in Laughing Space (Isaac Asimov, ed.) Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1982; c 1969); pg. 6. "That Yahveh manufactured man from dust, the Hebrews tell;
In Hind they say that Varuna had formed him by a spell;
The Norse believed that Odin made the breath of life indwell
His torpid trunk.
Hinduism world 1971 Anderson, Poul. The Dancer from Atlantis. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971); pg. 2. [Frontispiece] "Where is the fair assemblage of heroes,
The sons of Rudra, with their bright horses?
For of their birth knoweth no man other,
Only themselves their wondrous descent.

The light they flash upon one another;
The eagles fought, the winds were raging;
But this secret knoweth the wise man,
Once that Prishni her udder gave them.Our race of heroes, through the Maruts be it
Ever victorious in reaping of men.
On their way they hasten, in brightness the brightest,
Equal in beauty, unequalled in might.

--Rig-Veda, vii, 56
(Max Muller, tr.)

Hinduism world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 38. " Christ had to die before he could become the Father, as (in Vedanta) the false 'self' must be obliterated to join the great Self. "
Hinduism world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 86. "...I could destroy the world without caring, with one angry flash of my eye, like Shiva. "
Hinduism world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 121. "But still I scream: the shriek of Shiva the Destroyer, true face of Vishnu the Preserver and Brahma the Creator... "
Hinduism world 1975 Zelazny, Roger. "Some Science Fiction Paramaters: A Biased View " in Unicorn Variations. New York: Timescape (1983; story c. 1975); pg. 212. "Traditionally, the epic was regarded as representing the spirit of an entire people--the Iliad, the Mahabharata, the Aeneid showing us the values, the concerns, the hoped-for destinies of the Greeks, the ancient Indians, the Romans. "
Hinduism world 1976 Matheson, Richard. What Dreams May Come. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1978); pg. 91. Pg. 90-91: "'My father's house has many mansions, Chris,' he said. 'For instance, you'll find, in the hereafter, the particular heaven of each theology.'

'Which is right then?' I asked, completely baffled now.

'All of them,' he said, 'and none. Buddhist, Hindu, Moslem, Christian, Jew--each has an after-life experience which reflects his own beliefs. The Viking has his Valhalla, the American Indian his Happy Hunting Ground, the zealot his City of Gold. All are real. Each is a portion of the overall reality.' "; [Also, pg. 251-262 takes place in India, and deals with reincarnation.] Pg. 258: "At times, of course, this way is chosen deliberately as a means of 'paying off' Karmic debts, Karma being the doctrine of inevitable consequences for our deeds. A soul entering a sick or damaged body, who meets and overcomes these handicaps with god cheer, grows faster spiritually than one who...' "

Hinduism world 1981 Wolfe, Gene. The Claw of the Conciliator. New York: Timescape Books (1981); pg. 299. "'Appendixes: Social Relationships in the Commonwealth "; "The religious... Like the Roman Catholic clegy of our own day, they appear to be members of various orders, but unlike them they seem subject to no uniting authority. At times there is something suggestive of Hinduism about them, despite their obvious monotheism. "
Hinduism world 1984 Heinlein, Robert A. Job: A Comedy of Justice. New York: Ballantine (1984); pg. 322. "That lad had the sort of bottom that Hindu lecher write poetry about--could it have been that sort of sin that caused him to wind up here? "
Hinduism world 1984 Morrow, James. Only Begotten Daughter. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1990); pg. 58. "No, there must be a new religion, a faith as apocalyptic as Christianity, fierce as Islam, repressive as Hinduism, smug as Buddhism. There must be a church of Julie Katz. "
Hinduism world 1985 Knight, Damon. "The God Machine " in One Side Laughing. New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; 1985); pg. 35. "The fall campaign is a success. 'HOLINEX for instant tranquility...' ...Hospitals buy the professional model at $1,795. Psychiatrists buy it. The home models retail for $695 plus tax. People line up for it in department stores. It comes in Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox and Reformed versions. For the overseas market, Buddhist, Moslem and Hindu versions are on the drawing boards. "
Hinduism world 1987 Bishop, Michael. No Enemy But Time. New York: Timescape (1982); pg. 107. "At which moment, glancing sidelong, I saw that the Backstep Scaffold from Kaprow's omnibus was hanging in space like a mechanical variation of the Old Hindu Rope Trick. "
Hinduism world 1988 Bear, Greg. Eternity. New York: Warner Books (1988); pg. -3. [Frontispiece] "Only when space is rolled up like a piece of leather will there be an end to suffering, apart from knowing God.

--Svetasvatara Upanisad, VI 20 "

Hinduism world 1989 Simmons, Dan. Phases of Gravity. New York: Bantam (1989); pg. 262. "Scott stared at his father for some time. Then he said, 'Have you read any of the Vedic holy books, Dad?'

'No,' said Baedecker.

'I did,' said Scott. I read quite a bit from them last year in India. They didn't have much of anything to do with the stuff the Master was teaching, but somehow I think I'll remember the books longer. One of my favorite things was from the Tattireeya Upanishads. It goes--'I am this world, and I eat this world. Who knows this, knows.' ' "

Hinduism world 1990 Dick, Philip K. The Man in the High Castle. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons (1962); pg. 212. "Om, as the Brahmins say. "
Hinduism world 1993 DeChance, John. MagicNet. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 214. "'I was getting to that. you see, Persian mythology incorporates a lot of stuff that's central to the entire sweep of Indo-European culture. The rots are in Persia. It was a watershed that fed Indian, Euro-pagan, Judeo-Christian, and Islamic cultures. That takes in just about everything...' "
Hinduism world 1993 Morrow, James. Only Begotten Daughter. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1990); pg. 170. [Julie asks the devil if particular people are in Hell. Everybody but four people are in Hell.] "'Gandhi?' she suggested weakly.

'A Hindu.'

'Martin Luther King?'

'His sex life.' "

Hinduism world 1995 Bradbury, Ray. "Quicker Than the Eye " in Quicker Than the Eye. New York: Avon Books (1996; c. 1995); pg. 117. "Miss Quick was, indeed, the goddess Shiva. "
Hinduism world 1995 Jonas, Gerald. "The Shaker Revival " in The Ruins of Earth: An Anthology of Stories of the Immediate Future. (Thomas M. Disch, ed.) New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons (1971); pg. 289. "In my final year [of Law School] I became interested in the literature of religion--or, to be more precise, the literature of mysticism... Purely as an intellectual diversion I began to read St. John of the Cross, George Fox, the Vedas, Tao, Zen, the Kabbala, the Sufis. "
Hinduism world 1995 Sagan, Carl. Contact. New York: Simon & Schuster (1985); pg. 125. "Some chiliasts held that the imminent arrival of the Third Millennium would be accompanied by the return of Jesus or Buddha or Krisha or The Prophet, who would establish on Earth a benevolent theocracy... "
Hinduism world 1995 Scholz, Carter. "Radiance " in New Legends. Greg Bear (ed.) New York: Tor (1995); pg. 230. "Abruptly the screen blanked then cleared to the involute radiance of the bomb. Sun's heart. Cosmic ground. Siva and Devi coupling. "
Hinduism world 1996 Anthony, Piers & Alfred Tella. The Willing Spirit. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 16. [This entire novel draws largely from Hindu culture and religion. The cover is obviously Hindu in nature. Only a few sample refs. in DB. Year uncertain. Hinduism is mentioned by name very rarely in the body of the text.] Pg. 5:

Thanks to Professor Krishnamurti Chandrasekar for sharing his knowledge of Indian mythology, and to whom this tale owes so much. ";

Pg. 287, Author's notes (Tella): "Asian cultures, mythologies, and tales have always held a special fascination for me, and the Indian setting of The Willing Spirit was inspired by such classics as the Panchatantra, the Ramayana, and the Vickram stories, and also by my friendships with Indo-Americans. "

Hinduism world 1996 Morrow, James. "The Covenant " in Bible Stories for Adults. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1996); pg. 127. " 'No gods except me'--right? " says the Son of Rust as we stride down South Street.

"Right, " I reply.

"You don't see the rub? "

"No. "

My companion grins. "Such a prescription implies there is but one true faith. Let it stand, Domine, and you will be setting Christian agains Jew, Buddhist against Hindu, Muslim against pagan. . . "

"An overstatement, " I insist.

Hinduism 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. 55. "Rather than champion the revelations of the Bible, Madame Blavatsky wrote her own, an amalgam of Buddhism, Hinduism, and the Egyptian religion as she imagined it. "
Hinduism world 1999 Banks, Iain. The Business. New York: Simon & Schuster (1999); pg. 267. "'This is a pluralist society [in Thulahn]. We respect the beliefs of our Hindu brothers and sisters. Buddhists tend not to see themselves as being in competition with others. The Hindu faith is like Judaism, providing an ancient set of rules by which we may live one's life and order one's thoughts. Ours is a younger religion, a different generation of thought, if you like, grafted upon a set of much older traditions, but having drawn lessons from them, and respectful of them...' "
Hinduism world 1999 Banks, Iain. The Business. New York: Simon & Schuster (1999); pg. 273. "We visited the yak market in Kamalu, saw a Hindu marriage near Gerrosakain and a Buddhist funeral in Khruhset. "
Hinduism world 1999 Koman, Victor. Jehovah Contract. New York: Franklin Watts (1984); pg. 203. "Priests and ministers implicated our campaign with the international Satanist/Communist/Corporate/Secular Humanist conspiracy. Rabbis, imams, and assorted shamans hinted that only the Christian God would die on the Christian New Year. The brahmans sat quietly knowing--or pretending to. "

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