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/
militias Arizona 1998 Golden, Christopher. X-Men: Codename Wolverine. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1998); pg. 4. "Three and one-half miles from the nearest paved road stood the compound of the Southwestern Free Militia: one large wooden building and several ramshackle structures thrown together with canvas and odd lumber. The SFM's headquarters wasn't much to look at; that was certain. But fanaticism was dangerous, and the SFM specialized in domestic terrorism--bombs, assassinations, kidnappings. " [Other refs. to the SFM, not in DB.]

[New category, begun 12 Aug. 2000. See also 'black militants' and names of specific real militia groups.]

militias California 1972 Dick, Philip K. The Dark-Haired Girl. Willimantic, CT: Mark V. Ziesing (1988; c. 1972); pg. 90. "Tessa's father, by the way, is a former chapter Leader of the John Birch Society. She understand all this; as a kid she was a Commie Cruncher and watched members of the illegal Minuteman guerilla army in this area working on their guns, silencers, etc., in her family's house. " [More.]
militias Montana 1999 Cerasini, Marc. Godzilla 2000. New York: Random House (1997); pg. 218. Pg. 218: "Things began to fall apart all across the United States the moment Godzilla stepped out of San Francisco Bay. It was one of the blackest days in the nation's history. "; Pg. 219: "Riots broke out in several cities. A militia group took to the Montana mountains with a ton of weapons in tow. "
militias North Carolina 1998 Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Holly Lisle. In the Rift. New York: Baen (1998); pg. 181. "'When that article came out, I did a little checking myself, just like Madilee Marson. I looked into Ogden Snead and bobby Sumner and Warren Plonkett. They're all members of the same church. Well, it calls itself a church, but it's a nasty little radical organization that doesn't have much to do with religion at all, as far as I can tell. It's called the Christian Brotherhood of Purified Souls, and I think the word 'Christian' is tacked on there just to get them a tax-exempt status. These people don't believe in brotherhood or tolerance or love or anything real Christians believe in. They're a paramilitary hate organization with an ugly definition for what it takes to be purified, and some very cultlike practices--regular members have to sell all their belongings and give the money to the Brotherhood; they go through a long, arduous indoctrination period, and bad things have been known to happen to the members who, once in, try to get out.' "
militias USA 2019 Burton, Levar. Aftermath. New York: Warner Books (1997); pg. 212. "'That's the kind of thing that happens in war. Terrible things. But both sides did stuff like that; it wasn't just the Militia.'

'Did all the soldiers on the boats die?'

'A lot did, but not all. Those that didn't get burned up retreated across the river into Illinois... If the Militia would have let the government soldiers go, things might have turned out different, but they smelled victory and went after them...' " [Other refs., not in DB.]

Minoan/Cretan California 1971 Dick, Philip K. Valis. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 32. Pg. 32: "Caught in his own maze, like Daedalus, who built the labyrinth for King Minos of Crete and then fell into it and couldn't get out. Presumably Daedalus is still there, and so are we. "; Pg. 100: "Thomas remembered--if that is the word--other selves, one in Minoan Crete, which is from 3000 B.C.E. to 1100 B.C.E., a long, long time ago. " [Also pg. 106, 170, 173, 208-209.]
Minoan/Cretan California 1974 Dick, Philip K. Radio Free Albemuth. New York: Arbor House (1985); pg. 95. -
Minoan/Cretan California 1995 Powers, Tim. Earthquake Weather. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 143. "...and they're assuming too the role of the Cretan Kouretes, who hid the vulnerable infant Zeus from his murderous father Kronos by performing their Sword Dance around the baby... "
Minoan/Cretan galaxy 2250 Dick, Philip K. A Maze of Death. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1970); pg. 95. "'Safety pins were invented on Crete,' Seth Morley said. 'In the fourth or fifth century B.C.'

Belsnor glared at him. 'About one thousand B.C.' "

Minoan/Cretan galaxy 2375 Pellegrino, Charles & George Zebrowski. Dyson Sphere (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 85. "The Minoan-stylehouses stood like squat sentries, at the bottom of a freshly-hewn crater. "
Minoan/Cretan galaxy 3000 Foster, Alan Dean. The Howling Stones. New York: Ballantine (1998; c. 1997); pg. 24. "A full head taller than himself, well over the ancient six feet in height, she was a physical amalgam of Hera, several vit heroines, and the female bull dancers of ancient Crete. "
Minoan/Cretan galaxy 4600 Weber, David & Steve White. In Death Ground. New York: Baen (1997); pg. 564. [Pg. 564: A starship named Crete. Also pg. 569, 575-577, etc.; Pg. 604: a starship named Minotaur]
Minoan/Cretan Greece -1647 B.C.E. Hand, Elizabeth. Catwoman. New York: Ballantine (2004). Based on screenplay by John Rogers, Mike Ferris, and John Brancato; pg. 140-161. [Pages 140-161 feature a story that Patience/Catwoman reads in Ophelia's book, a story set in Kalliste, 1647 B.C.E. about a woman who works at an ancient temple on the island that is today known as Thera. Extensive refs. to temples, acolytes, priestesses, and a Cat Goddess that protects the young woman featured in the story. The story ends when the young woman escaped from the island of Kalliste (Thera) on a ship leaving port as the island's volcano erupts.] Ophelia Power's note: Nearly five thousand years ago, the civilization of people we call the Minoans was destroyed in the cataclysmic eruption of Thera, their island capital. It was one of hte most devastating volcanic events of recorded history, and probably inspired Plato's account of the legendary island of Atlantis.
Minoan/Cretan Greece 1914 Moon, Elizabeth. "Tradition " in Alternate Generals (Harry Turtledove, ed.) New York: Baen (1998); pg. 43. -
Minoan/Cretan Greece 2025 Wolverton, Dave. "Wheatfields Beyond " in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993); pg. 26. "Civilizations had collapsed before... a volcano on Crete decimated the capitol of the Minoans, and their culture never rose again... " [Tana thinks about this in the year 2025.]
Minoan/Cretan Greece 2181 Robinson, Kim Stanley. Blue Mars. New York: Bantam Books (1996); pg. 404. "...however, she made her regular pilgrimage to Crete, to see the ruins that here were still called Minoan, although in Dorsa Brevia she had been taught to call them Ariadnean... "
Minoan/Cretan Greece: Crete 1997 Preuss, Paul. Secret Passages. New York: Tor (1997) [Book jacket] "Secret Passages is the story of a revolutionary physics experiment, set against the colorful background of the island of Crete, legendary home of a great civilization whose buried treasures emerge to complicate the tale. Earthquakes, love, loss, and the mysterious history of the physicist Minakis make this a fascinating and enthralling novel. " [Clearly, there are Minoan/Cretan refs. throughout novel. Not in DB.]
Minoan/Cretan 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. "
Minoan/Cretan Mars 2114 Robinson, Kim Stanley. Green Mars. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 337-338. "Ariadne and Charlotte and several other Minoan women stood at the bottom of the stairs waiting for her, along with Hiroko's closest followers from the hidden colony... When Hiroko left the foot of the stairs she had a little train of followers, singing the names of Mars, 'Al-Qahira, Ares, Auqakuh, Bahram,' and so on, a great melange of archaic syllables, into which some of them were interjecting 'Ka . . . ka . . . ka . . .' "; Pg. 338: "...worship for the divinity of life, which took such beautiful forms.

At the pond Jackie took off her rust jumper, and she and Hiroko stood in ankle-deep water, facing each other and holding their clasped hands as far overhead as they could reach. The other Minoan women joined this bridge. Old and young, green and pink. . . . "

Minoan/Cretan Mars 2181 Robinson, Kim Stanley. Blue Mars. New York: Bantam Books (1996); pg. 498. "Essentially, despite the fact that the Minoans had left the Free Mars coalition because they disliked its attempt to dominate the outer satellite settlements, among other things, the Dorsa Brevians had come to think Jackie had been right about immigration... "
Minoan/Cretan Massachusetts: Nantucket -1250 B.C.E. Sterling, S. M. Island in the Sea of Time. New York: Penguin (1998); pg. 193. -
Minoan/Cretan New Mexico 1994 Ing, Dean. "Anasazi " in Anasazi. New York: Tor (1987; c. 1979); pg. 135. -
Minoan/Cretan Roman Empire 620 C.E. Douglas, L. Warren. The Veil of Years. New York: Baen (2001); pg. 233. "Theseus's Athenians rose up in arms against the last Minos, the king of Atlantean Crete, and burned his labyrinthine palace, destroying the great golden bull mask he wore, and slaying the man who wore it. " [More.]
Minoan/Cretan Turkey 1995 Silverberg, Robert. "The Red Blaze is the Morning " in New Legends. Greg Bear (ed.) New York: Tor (1995); pg. 286. "...tiny fishing village here now; before that... a Minoan trading outpost... " [More, pg. 291-293, 296.]
Minoan/Cretan United Kingdom: England 500 C.E. Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Mists of Avalon. New York: Ballantine (1984; c. 1982); pg. 488. "'Look! Are all these preachers not Galileans? And how are we hearing them, each one of us, in our own native languages? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and men out of Mesopotamia, both Judea and Cappadocia, Asia, both Phrygia and Pamphylia, and visitors from Rome, Jews and Cretans and Arabs; but well all hear them talking in our own languages.' "
Minoan/Cretan Washington, D.C. 1995 Hand, Elizabeth. Waking the Moon. New York: HarperPrism (1995); pg. 220. Pg. 220: "MINOAN PRIESTESS CA 1650 B.C. PALACE AT KNOSSOS "; Pg. 329: "...Cretan Snake Goddess... the National Museum itself was slapped with a lawsuit by a feminist spiritualist group named Potnia, after the ancient Cretan mistress of beasts. "; Pg. 353: "'...Most of the Greek gods actually started out as Cretan gods--by Cretan I mean what we call the Minoan culture, from our old friend King Minos.'

'The guy with the minotaur?'

'The guy with the minotaur. But these are very, very ancient gods, dating back millennia before the more well-known Greek gods. A lot of the place-names in that part of the Medittanean were actually pre-Hellenic...' " [Much more]; Pg. 44, 82, 115, 128, 245, 273, 353-356, etc. [Fairly extensive use of Minoan/Cretan culture. See also pg. 389, Author's Notes.]

Minoan/Cretan world -1400 B.C.E. Anderson, Poul. The Dancer from Atlantis. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971); pg. 179. "'...Be consoled by the knowledge that now he will not simply spare the Cretan island colonies; he will on the whole become a good king, and the Mycenaean civilization will be a worthy child of the Minoan and a leaven in the Hellenic.' "
Minoan/Cretan world -1400 B.C.E. Anderson, Poul. The Dancer from Atlantis. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971); pg. 119. "Wouldn't the legends and the archeology be the same, three or four thousand years hence, if Minoan Crete lived a little longer? Not much longer; the lifetime of a girl; was that unreasonable to ask of the gods? " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
Minoan/Cretan world -1400 B.C.E. Anderson, Poul. The Dancer from Atlantis. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971); pg. 60. "'There's a reason the Cretans lord it over us,' Diores remarked... 'Could be the top reason. We can't pull together. Not that the Labyrinth ever gives us a chance to. The big mainland cities, Mycenae, Tiryns, that gaggle, they've sold out. Cretan wares, Cretan manners, Cretan rites, Cretan this and that till a man could puke. How I wish they'd go the whole road and put themselves straight under the Minos! But no, he's too smart, that'n. He keeps their bootlicker kings, who can sit at council with ours...' " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
Minoan/Cretan world -500 B.C.E. Ing, Dean. "Manaspill " in Firefight 2000. New York: Baen (1987; c. 1981); pg. 26. -
Minoan/Cretan world -105 B.C.E. Leiber, Fritz. "Adept's Gambit " in Swords in the Mist in The Three of Swords. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1973; c. 1947); pg. 423. Pg. 423: "The Mouser's eyebrows arched as the Galatian's breasts, exposed by the Cretan dress that was the style revival of the hour, became the uppermost pair of slack white dugs... "; Pg. 424: "...and the sow's uncorsetable bulk split the tight Cretan waist. "
Minoan/Cretan world 1944 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: Striking the Balance. New York: Del Rey (1996); pg. 262. Crete
Minoan/Cretan world 1973 Sagan, Carl. Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (2000; c. 1973); pg. 217. -
Minoan/Cretan world 1980 Anthony, Piers. Faith of Tarot. New York: Berkley Books (10th printing 1986; 1st ed. 1980); pg. 77. "'The Sumerians, the Egyptians, the Minoans, the Eblans, the Hittites, the Greeks, the Megalithic society--all the ancient peoples who know so much more than history has credited them with...' "
Minoan/Cretan world 1997 Anthony, Patricia. "Two-Bag Goddess " in Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997); pg. 328. "There'd been a mere suggestion of spreading thighs, grotesque stomach, and bloated breasts, a form more like the ancient Neolithic goddess than the Goddess Crete had known. He had smelled Her, too: the low-tide reek of Her sex and stench of sour milk. No, Mama Astarte hadn't been keeping her health spa membership up, and she hadn't bathed in, oh, maybe millennia... The Minoans had cleaned Her up, made Her presentable, made Her nice. They'd given Her a wasp waist, a couple of bazooma hooters, and a passable face... "
Minoan/Cretan world 1997 Anthony, Patricia. "Two-Bag Goddess " in Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997); pg. 330. "God's like sacrifices... Legend was that the ancient Astarte had taken her son as a lover and then, pissed off by God-knows what, She'd killed him. In ancient Crete the Goddess was depicted with snakes in her hands, and Gary knew why. Astarte wanted what every... "
Minoan/Cretan world 1997 Preuss, Paul. Secret Passages. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 26. "'The ancient Minoans did get around. There have been finds on the mainland, some Aegean islands, Asia Minor, the Levant, Egypt--but nothing much compared to even a minor site on Crete. The people I've talked to are very anxious to have a look at what Minakis has found.' "
Minoan/Cretan 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. 15. "It has been said of Cretans that they were all liars, and we can assume, from its proscription in the Decalogue, that lying was not unknown in Mosaic times. "
Minoan/Cretan world 2001 Aldiss, Brian. "Marvells of Utopia " in Supertoys Last All Summer Long. New York: St. Martin's Griffin (2001); pg. 191. "'You could add to that long list all the world's false gods and goddesses, the Greek gods, who gave their names to the constellations, the Baals and Isises and Roman soldier gods, the multi-armed Kali, Ganesh with the elephant's head, Allah, Jehovah with his beards and rags, dusty hags such as Astarte -- oh, an endless stream of imaginary super-beings, all supposedly controlling human destiny.' "
Minoan/Cretan world 2002 Bear, Greg. Vitalis. New York: Ballantine (2002); pg. 317. "...we rolled through a sunny golden Cretan palace that would have made Minos faint with envy. A giant robot Minotaur straddled the train platform, raising and lowering a golden double-bladed ax. "
Minoan/Cretan world 2024 Clarke, Arthur C. & Mike McQuay. Richter 10. New York: Bantam (1996); pg. 58. "'You don't want to help people; you want to slay the beast. I can see it in your eyes when you talk about earthquakes. You hate earthquakes...'

'You're a hard kind of fellow,' Crane said. 'Sure, I hate the beats. I hate it the way the Cretans hated the Minotaur. Is it wrong to hate a monster?...' "

Minoan/Cretan world 2027 Robinson, Kim Stanley. The Gold Coast. New York: Tor (1995; c. 1988); pg. 231. "So they fly to Crete, another of Jim's ideas. 'we'll give you one more chance, Jimbo. . . .' They land at Heraklion, eat at Jack-in-the-Box, rent a Nissan a the Avis counter. Off to Knossos, a gaily painted reconstruction of a Minoan palace. It's quite crowded, and just the slightest bit reminiscent of the Pyramids. " [More, pg. 232-237.]
Minoan/Cretan world 2035 Asimov, Isaac. "The Evitable Conflict " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1950); pg. 460. "'...In our borders, we have the regions where Occidental civilization was cradles. We have Egypt and Mesopotamia; Crete and Syria; Asia Minor and Greece...' "
Minoan/Cretan world 2271 Roddenberry, Gene. Star Trek: The Motion Picture. New York: Pocket Books (1979); pg. 28. "The inescapable fact was that human ingenuity had saved more of the past here than it had lost--the museum cities and the library at Alexandria were only two examples of that. On what had been the sea-bottom, pre-Minoan ruins had yielded priceless new information on the human past. And the skillfully engineered climate alterations had not only made the entire Med Basin into a virtual garden, it had profoundly improved the climate and the character of the entire northern half of Africa. "
Minorcans Florida 1959 Frank, Pat. Alas, Babylon. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co. (1959); pg. 163. "Her ancestors included a Spanish soldier whose caravel beached in Matanzas Inlet before the Pilgrims found their rock, and Carib Indian women, and the Minorcans who spread inland from New Smyrna in the eighteenth century. "
Missouri USA 1992 Simmons, Dan. "Sleeping with Teeth Women " in Lovedeath. New York: Warner Books (1993); pg. 122. "There were older enemies such as the Omahas, Otos, Winnebagoes, and Missouris, whose land the Ikce Wicasa had stolen... "
Mithraism Asia 1980 Anthony, Piers. Vision of Tarot. New York: Berkley Books (1985; 1st ed. 1980); pg. 38. "The source religion of Western Asia is unknown, but certain similar themes run through Buddhism, Brahmanism and Hinduism of India, and Mithraism, Zoroastrianism and Judaism of Asia Minor, suggesting that there was once a common body of information. "
Mithraism California: Los Angeles 1999 Koman, Victor. Jehovah Contract. New York: Franklin Watts (1984); pg. 69-70. "Golding seemed to be warming up again. He began to spit out snippets of historicity as if they were theological watermelon seeds. The outcome was about as intellectually tidy.

'...The story of Christ is a slipshod retelling of the Mithras and Osiris legends...' "

Mithraism Europe 1470 C.E. Gentle, Mary. A Secret History. New York: Avon Books (1999); pg. 374. Pg. 374: "Being a chapel of Mithras, it was naturally on separate land from the convent. Ash led the way uphill to the nearby corpse, lost in the great crowd. "; Pg. 375: "Junior priests of Mithras moved away from the entrance toward the groups of armed men, so that the service could be held here as well as below... Ash kept a steadying hand on her clerk's arm as she reached the bottom of the steps and walked into the Chapel of Mithras. Sunlight slanted down through the bars above, casting the stone cave into floods of light and shadow. "; Pg. 376: "...altar, the Bull priest gave her a quelling glare... " [More, pg. 374-377.]
Mithraism Europe 1478 C.E. Ford, John M. The Dragon Waiting. New York: Timescape Books (1983); pg. 55. Pg. 55: "For a terrible, weak-kneed instant Dimi thought he would not be able to speak, but the strength came. 'You are Mithras, and you must slay the bull.'

The hand held him. 'Who says this? Are you a messenger of Ahriman, who would have the bull destroyed?'

'I bring orders form the Sun,' Dimitrios said. 'He says the bull must die.'

'Then it is done,' said the voice of Mithras, and though Dimi had been taught the legend well... "; Pg. 56: "It was the day of brotherhood, the day Mithras was born to bring new life to all men; the twenty-fifth day December, Year of the City 1139... It was not possible, Dimitrios thought, even as he looked at the man in the bed; this could not be the Lion of Mithras, and Apollo was immortal. " [Other refs., not in DB, e.g., pg. 60-64.]

Mithraism galaxy 2075 Card, Orson Scott & Kathryn H. Kidd. Lovelock. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 50. [Year is estimated.] "Those groups [aboard the colony ship] with too few practitioners to maintain villages of their own--Baha'i, for instance, and Sikh, animist, atheist, Mormon, Mithraist, Druse, native American tribal religions, Jehovah's Witnesses--were either thrown together in a couple of catch-all villages or were 'adopted' as minorities within fairly compatible or tolerant villages of other faiths. "
Mithraism galaxy 3418 Panshin, Alexei. Star Well. New York: Ace Books (1978; c. 1968); pg. 21. "The other [theologian] was a fraudulent old fart named Augustus Srb. Short, fat, intelligent, even magnificent, he wore his mantle as a priest of the Revived Church of Mithra with a verve, a flair, that was not matched by his defense of churchly doctrine.

Mithra was worshiped six centuries before the founding of Rome, and he has had his ups and downs ever since. He was Son of the Sun, and bon of a virgin on the 25th of December. But then, so was everybody else. He died for the sins of all mankind and was reborn at the spring equinox. That's standard, too, as are the rest of the clutch: baptism, communion, and the promise of eternal life. Perhaps the one best point of the religion is this: the violet is sacred to Mithra, and consequently the cultivation of flowerbeds is encouraged. "

Mithraism galaxy 3418 Panshin, Alexei. Star Well. New York: Ace Books (1978; c. 1968); pg. 21. "Mithraism spent more than fifteen hundred years underground or as a minor element in other religions before its modern revival in the schisms of schisms and the loss of belief that ruined Christianity for a thousand years.

Mithraism is a good religion, if not a great religion. It certainly deserved better than Augustus Srb saw fit to give it in the face of Torve's earnestly presented case for some primitive brand of mumbo jumbo: "

Mithraism galaxy 3418 Panshin, Alexei. Star Well. New York: Ace Books (1978; c. 1968); pg. 22. "Why did Srb continue to sit quietly listening to this? [Trog theology as explained by Torve] I suppose because he was given an equal chance to explicate Mithraism--but then he didn't take proper advantage of that. Perhaps because it was a way of passing the time. And then, how would it have looked for him to step out on a round of shoptalk? [They are both theologians.] Appearances. " [Many other references to Srb, the Mithraist theologian, are in novel, but not in DB. All refs. to Mithraism by name are thought to be in DB.]
Mithraism galaxy 3418 Panshin, Alexei. Star Well. New York: Ace Books (1978; c. 1968); pg. 73. "Srb was not a general in any military organization nor even in any of several religious or charitable hierarchies. He was an Inspector General of the Empire, in rank equal to a commodore in the Navy, and merited the appellation of general as a title of courtesy. He was himself a Mithraist with some private interest in the subject of comparative religion, but he was not a priest. He often dressed as one, however, the better to pass without undue attention in strange and suspicious sectors. A fat layman is one thing; a fat priest something else altogether. One can be questioned without embarrassment and the other cannot. Embarrassment is perhaps not the grandest and noblest ways of putting others off-stride, but Srb cared little for niceties, rather more for results, and a great deal for his own safety and comfort. And he was not altogether unaware of the little privileges, portions and propitiations that a priest automatically attracts... the benefits of clergy. "
Mithraism galaxy 3418 Panshin, Alexei. Star Well. New York: Ace Books (1978; c. 1968); pg. 126. "Eventually he was standing fifteen feet behind an unsuspecting Villiers, who stood speaking to a Mithraist priest and a nondescript girl. "
Mithraism galaxy 3418 Panshin, Alexei. Star Well. New York: Ace Books (1978; c. 1968); pg. 171. "'We, I may be plain to say, are not Mithraists. Oh, I hope you aren't a Mithraist, too.'

'No, madam, that is not one of my failings.' "

Mithraism Idaho 1985 Dick, Philip K. In Milton Lumky Territory. Pleasantville, NY: Dragon Press (1985); pg. 118. "The brand name was Mithrias. " [typewriter, more refs. to it, calling it 'the Mithrias']
Mithraism India -445 B.C.E. Vidal, Gore. Creation. New York: Random House (1981); pg. 141. "'My father was a Jain. But I'm not. The cult is very old . . . prey-Aryan, in fact. The Jains have never accepted the Aryan gods. They do not believe in Varuna, Mithra, Brahma . . .' "
Mithraism Iran -445 B.C.E. Vidal, Gore. Creation. New York: Random House (1981); pg. 31. "'The great King Cyrus had just made me satrap of Bacteria. I was young. I believed everything that the Magians had taught me. I worshiped all the devas, particularly Anahita and Mithras...' "
Mithraism Israel 33 C.E. Anderson, Poul. There Will Be Time. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1972); pg. 54. "The scholars might have gotten the date wrong, or Jesus might be nothing more than an Osirian-Essene-Mithraic myth. "
Mithraism Mars 2110 Robinson, Kim Stanley. Green Mars. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 287. "'There is a group of Sufis in Elysium,' Dhu told them, 'who are exploring backwards to our roots in Mithraism an Zoroastrianism. Some say there are Mithraists on Mars now, worshipping the sun, Ahura Mazda. They consider the soletta to be religious art, like a stained glass window in a cathedral.' "
Mithraism Roman Empire 200 C.E. Carl, Lillian Stewart. "The Test of Gold " in Alternate Generals (Harry Turtledove, ed.) New York: Baen (1998); pg. 1. "...and if Mars, Mercury, and Mithras called him, so be it. " [Also pg. 27]
Mithraism Roman Empire 271 C.E. Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Diana L. Paxson Priestess of Avalon. New York: Viking (2001); pg. 129. "...had gone off to a meeting at the Mithraeum--not a ritual, as those were always conducted at night, but some business connected with the temple. I did not know what rank he had attained in the Mysteries of Mithras, but his administrative responsibilities suggested it was a high one. "
Mithraism Roman Empire 272 C.E. Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Diana L. Paxson Priestess of Avalon. New York: Viking (2001); pg. 160. Pg. 160: "A second priest moved forward, hard muscle bunching in his arms as he lifted the poleaxe. There was a moment of stillness, then it blurred downward. The resounding 'thunk' as it struck the animal's skull reverberated from the columns. But the ox was already sinking to its knees. As it fell, one priest caught its horns, holding them long enough for the other to plunge the knife into the beast's throat and jerk crossways.

Several of the men who were watching averted their eyes, crossing themselves in the Christian sign against evil. It is only evil for the bull, I thought ruefully, or perhaps not even for him, if he consented to the offering. Surely the Christians, who worshipped a crucified god, knew that death could be holy. It seemed rather small-minded of them to deny the sanctity of sacrifice to all religions but their own. " [More]; Pg. 166: "...just before the solstice when soldiers celebrated the birth of Mithras... " [Also pg. 240.]

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