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/
Babylonian Solar System 2300 Dick, Philip K. "Beyond Lies the Web " in The Preserving Machine. New York: Ace Books (1969; c. 1952); pg. 126. Ishtar
Babylonian Solar System 2323 Strickland, Brad & Barbara Strickland. Nova Command (Star Trek: TNG: Starfleet Academy). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 54. "'You're to be the chief engineer and helmsman on the Ishtar. I'm handling communications...' " [Other refs. to this ship, pg. 54, 60, 64-66, etc.]
Babylonian Texas: Galveston 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 10. "She had been talking to a stranger--a fiftyish Anglo woman in a black silk dress and a beaded choker. The woman had a vast mane of crisp black hair and her eyes were lined dramatically. Laura wondered what to make of her. She looked like a pharaoh's widow. 'This is her,' Mrs. Rodriguez told the stranger. 'Laura, our manager.'

'Coordinator,' Laura said. 'I'm Laura Webster.'

'I'm the Reverend Morgan. I called earlier.'

'Yes. About the City Council race?' " [Reverend Morgan is from the Church of Ishtar.]

Babylonian Texas: Galveston 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 11. "'Our Church would like to help you expand services to your corporate guests. Do you know the Church of Ishtar?'

'I'm not sure I follow you,' Laura said carefully. 'We at Rizome consider religion a private matter.'

'We Temple women believe in the divinity of the sexual act.' Reverend Morgan leaned back... 'The erotic power of the Goddess can destroy evil.'

... '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... Male power mongers claimed the credit, of course. But the triumph belonged to our Goddess. She saved Mother Earth from the nuclear madness...' " [Many other refs. in novel to the 'Church of Ishtar,' which uses some Babylonian terminology. Other refs. under 'religious - fictional']

Babylonian Texas: Galveston 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 36. "'I-and-I's reputation could use an upgrade. Pressure come down on I-and-I. From Babylonian Luddites.' " [Referring to the Church of Ishtar.]
Babylonian Texas: Galveston 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 44. "'You Yankees aren't Babylon. You only part of her, now. Babylon-she-multinational, Babylon-she-multilateral.' He chanted the words. 'Babylon she come to get us where we live.' "
Babylonian United Kingdom: England 1810 Powers, Tim. The Anubis Gates. New York: Ace (1983); pg. 121. "Schliemann and Troy, he though fatuously, George Smith and Gilgamesh, Doyle and the Ashbless Documents. "
Babylonian United Kingdom: England 1955 Lewis, C.S. The Magician's Nephew (Narnia #6). New York: Macmillan (1970; c. 1955); pg. 19. "'...My first task was of course to study the box itself. It was very ancient. And I knew enough even then to know that it wasn't Greek, or Old Egyptian, or Babylonian, or Hittite, or Chinese. It was older than any of those nations...' "
Babylonian United Kingdom: England 1972 Adams, Richard. Watership Down. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co. (1972); pg. 125. [Chapter heading.] "His face was that of one who has undergone a long journey.

--The Epic of Gilgamesh "

Babylonian United Kingdom: London 1500 C.E. Moorcock, Michael. Gloriana. New York: Warner Books (1986; c 1978); pg. 96. "They used the High Speech for this ceremony. Fork-bearded Arabia spoke first.

'Gloriana, who is Ishtar upon Earth, Goddess of Us All, Whose Name is Honoured in the World's Four Corners...' "

Babylonian USA 1972 O'Donnell, K. M. "Still-Life " in Again, Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1972); pg. 267. "Seen as in distant frieze like Babylon or the Holy Roman Empire " [Also pg. 268]
Babylonian USA 1974 Dick, Philip K. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. New York: Doubleday (1974); pg. 172. "'Would the jukebox have any songs by you?' She pointed to the multicolored Babylonian Gothic structure in the far corner. "
Babylonian USA 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 8. Pg. 8: "Simon, in fact, is a marijuana dealer only by profession; by avocation he is a fanatic member of the JAMs--Justified Ancients of Mummu, a secret society which has endured since Babylon and worships Mummu, goddess of chaos. The Jams are now in their fifty-ninth century of their war against the Illuminati. "; Pg. 9: "Where the JAMs worship Mummu, Babylonian goddess of chaos... " [Other refs. not in DB. JAMs are a central group in the book's plot.]
Babylonian USA 1997 Bradbury, Ray. "Night Train to Babylon " in Driving Blind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 8. [Also, title refers to Babylon.] Pg. 8: "'Lookit all the biblical/Egyptian names. Memphis, Tennessee. Cairo, Illinois? Yep? And here's one just ahead. Babylon.' "
Babylonian USA 2000 Gloss, Molly. Wild Life. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000); pg. 181. [Epigraph: Quote from The Epic of Gilgamesh]
Babylonian USA 2077 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 32. "...all that came into his mind was a sacrilegious anecdote about Pope Joan, personification of the Whore of Babylon... "
Babylonian Washington, D.C. 1995 Hand, Elizabeth. Waking the Moon. New York: HarperPrism (1995); pg. 128. Pg. 128: Innana in Babylon; Pg. 165: Ishtar (also pg. 242, 254, 274, other)
Babylonian world -1500 B.C.E. Anthony, Piers. Faith of Tarot. New York: Berkley Books (10th printing 1986; 1st ed. 1980); pg. 21. "Therion [the demon] remarked... 'The Sumerians, Accadians, Assyrians, Babylonians and the like had well-developed religious mythologies from which the Hebrews plagiarized freely...' "
Babylonian world -1445 B.C.E. Vidal, Gore. Creation. New York: Random House (1981); pg. 52. "A thousand years ago the original Aryans swept down from the north and enslaved what we still refer to as the black-haired people, the original inhabitants of Assyria and Babylonia. Now, as Medusa and Persians, the tribesmen are civilized and our clan leader is the Great King. "
Babylonian world -445 B.C.E. Vidal, Gore. Creation. New York: Random House (1981); pg. 70. "Lately the cult has started to spread throughout the Greek world. From what little I know of Orphism, I should think that it is nothing more than a coarse variation on the beautiful and truly ancient legend of the hero of Gilgamesh. He also went down into hell in order to brink back his dead lover Enkidu. No, Democritus, Gilgamesh was not a Greek but he was very much a hero, and like most heroes he wanted too much. There was nothing that he could not defeat save nothing itself, death. The hero wanted to live forever. But not even the glorious Gilgamesh could reverse the natural order. When he accepted this ultimate truth, he was at peace . . . and died.

I learned the Gilgamesh story at Babylon. Once upon a time Gilgamesh was a world cult figure. Today he is largely forgotten, except at Babylon. Time of the long dominion is very long indeed... " [Other refs., not in DB.]

Babylonian world -445 B.C.E. Vidal, Gore. Creation. New York: Random House (1981); pg. 76. "Although I am glad that I was not born a Babylonian, I must say that no place on earth so perfectly caters for the taste of young men, particularly young men brought up in the austere Persian manner.

At sundown we passed through the gate of Ishtar, named for a goddess not unlike Anahita or Aphrodite except that she is a man as well as a woman. In either guise, Ishtar is sexually insatiable and her worship sets the tone for the whole city. The Ishtar gate is really two gates--one to the city's outer wall, one to the inner wall. The enormous gates are covered with tiles that have been glazed blue and yellow and black, and depict all sorts of strange and terrible beasts, including dragons. The effect is more alarming than beautiful. Of the city's nine gates--each named for a god, that of Ishtar is the most important for it leads straight into the heart of the left bank of Babylon where the temples and palaces and treasuries are. " [Many other refs., not in DB.]

Babylonian world -445 B.C.E. Vidal, Gore. Creation. New York: Random House (1981); pg. 77. "Nebuchadnezzar... in Babylon... He was their last true king. Incidentally, he was of ancient Chaldean stock as is--I am certain as one can be without any proof at all--the family of Spitama.

Thirty years after Nebuchadnezzar's death, Cyrus was welcomes to Babylon by the antipriest party, an association of international merchants and moneychangers who had deposed the last king, a dim figure named Nabonidus. Because this very odd sovereign was interested only in archaeology, he was usually to be found not at Babylon but out in the desert, digging up the lost cities of Sumeria...

From a central loggia we had a fine view of what the Babylonians call a ziggurat, or high place. This particular ziggurat is known as the House of the Foundation of Heaven and Earth. It is the world's largest building, dwarfing even the greatest of Egypt's pyramids--or so the Babylonians like to tell you. I have never been to Egypt. "

Babylonian world -445 B.C.E. Vidal, Gore. Creation. New York: Random House (1981); pg. 85. "This is as good a place as any to note that the Babylonians worship sixty-five thousand gods. Since only the high priest knows all sixty-five thousand names, he is obliged to spend a good deal of time teaching their names to his heir apparent.

Shortly before midnight we climbed to the top of the ziggurat. Our costumes were waiting for us, and the sentries helped us dress. They must have been specifically chosen for the sacrilege because they were most good-humored, unlike the sullen guardians of the day.

I wore on my head the silver disk of the full moon. I carried in my hand a silver staff mounted by a crescent moon. Mardonius was crowned with the sun's gold disk. Xerxes wore chains of gold; he also carried a short golden ax, necessary equipment for the ruler of sixty-five thousand unruly gods. "

Babylonian 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. 440. Pg. 440: "...though not entirely, on four infamous handmaidens of Ishtar and a dwarf who was richly compensated for his deformity. "; Pg. 442: "The priests who tended the Tree of Life in Babylon were a little more communicative. One evening just after sunset they saw the topmost branches shake in the gloaming and heard the snick of a pruning knife. all around them, without other sound or movement, stretched the desolate city... had been herded to nearby Seleucia three-quarters of a century before and to which the priests crept back only in great fear to fulfill their sacred duties. They instantly prepared, some of them to climb the Tree armed with tempered golden sickles, others to shoot down with gold-tipped arrows whatever blasphemer was driven forth, when suddenly... " [More here, pg. 451, 485.]
Babylonian world 500 C.E. Shea, Michael. Nifft the Lean. New York: DAW Books (1982); pg. 10. [Fantasy: Actual year indeterminate or immaterial.]

"What hosts of hosts--born, grown, and gone--
Have swarmed your million Babylons? "

Babylonian world 1722 Keyes, J. Gregory. A Calculus of Angels. New York: Ballantine (1999); pg. 107. -
Babylonian world 1943 Rand, Ayn. Fountainhead. New York: Penguin (1993; c. 1943); pg. 77. "...on the cooking utensils of Babylon or the doormats of Byzantium. "
Babylonian world 1956 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. 31. "If I said I was from some well-known civilized country like Carthage, Egypt, Babylonia, or Persia... "
Babylonian world 1972 DuBois, Brendan. Resurrection Day. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1999); pg. 177. "'...It's been quite fashionable in some newspaper and magazine articles to portray Manhattan as a ghost of a city. Like Babylon, Nineveh, and Carthage. Dead cities of dead empires...' "
Babylonian world 1973 Sagan, Carl. Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (2000; c. 1973); pg. 63. "...the Apollo 8 astronauts read from lunar orbit the Babylonian cosmogony enshrined in Genesis, Chapter 1, as if to reassure their American audience that the exploration of the Moon was not really in contradiction to anyone's religious beliefs. But it is striking how space exploration leads directly to religious and philosophical questions. "
Babylonian world 1973 Sagan, Carl. Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (2000; c. 1973); pg. 67. -
Babylonian world 1974 Cox, Greg. The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh: Volume One (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 248. "He [Khan Noonien Singh] saw himself, with Alexander, at the head of a mighty army, conquering city after city, nation after nation. Thebes fell, and Tyre, Jerusalem, and Babylon...'
Babylonian world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 15. "...followed by the Epic of Gilgamesh... "
Babylonian world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 194. "The Illuminati associate this with Iris, and also with other goddesses from Isis to Ishtar and from Kwannon to Kali--with the Female Principle, yin, in general. "
Babylonian world 1978 Tucker, Wilson. The Year of the Quiet Sun. New York: Ace (1970); pg. 107. "'...I want to stand on the city wall at Ur and watch the Euphrates flood; I want to know how that story got into Genesis. I want to stand on the plains of Uruk and see Gilgamesh rebuild the city walls; I want to see that legendary fight with Enkidu. "
Babylonian world 1981 Attanasio, A. A. Radix. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1981); pg. 339. [Epigraph.] "The dream was marvelous but the terror great.
We must treasure the dream whatever the terror.

--Gilgamesh "

Babylonian world 1984 Bear, Greg. "Book One: The Infinity Concerto " (c. 1984, substantially rewritten for this edition) in Songs of Earth & Power. New York: Tor (1996; 1st ed. 1994); pg. 145. "'...There is a section in Hudibras by Samuel Butler--if I can remember . . .' He screwed up his face in concentration and peered at the ceiling. 'But when he pleased to shew't, his speech/ In loftiness sound was rich;
A Babylonish dialect
Which learned pedants much affect
It was a party coloured dress
Of patch'd and py-ball'd languages;
'Twas (Irish) cut on Greek and Latin
Like fustian heretofore on sattin.
It had an old promiscuous tone,
As if h' had talk'd three parts in one;
Which made some think, when he did gabble,
Th' had heard three labourers of Babel;
Or Cerberus himself pronounce
A leash of languages at once.' '
Babylonian world 1984 Farmer, Philip Jose. "A Scarletin Study " in Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Space. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) USA: Bluejay Books (1984); pg. 190. "Its canvas bears, among other things, the images of Sherlock Holmes, Christ coming from the tomb, Tarzan..., an ancient king of Babylon with a dietary problem... "
Babylonian world 1986 Grimwood, Ken. Replay. New York: Arbor House (1986); pg. 262. -
Babylonian world 1988 Batchelor, John Calvin. The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. New York: Dial Press (1983); pg. 119. Pg. 119, 327, 337. 356.
Babylonian world 1989 Kress, Nancy. "Renaissance " in The Aliens of Earth. Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House Publishers (1993; 1st pub Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, mid-December 1989); pg. 227. [1989 is year of story publication.] "The Sumerians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Chaldeans, Egyptians, Mycenaeans, Indo-Iranians, Syrians, Scythians, and Greeks all had griffins. "
Babylonian 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. 32. Pg. 32: Gilgamesh; pg. 88: "but, meanwhile, have you heard the one about the Martian and the Whore of Babylon? " [Also pg. 229.]
Babylonian world 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 241. "Victor described incidents from Egyptian, Babylonian, and Roman times... "
Babylonian world 1999 Banks, Iain. The Business. New York: Simon & Schuster (1999); pg. 38. "carpets from Babylon "
Babylonian world 1999 Sagan, Carl. Contact. New York: Simon & Schuster (1985); pg. 217. "With the basest of companions, I walked the streets of Babylon . . .

Confessions, II, 3 "

Babylonian world 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 94. "'Without Movement discipline, he rumbled smoothly, 'our money would flow back, like water downhill . . . from the Third World periphery, down to the centers of the Net. Your 'free market' cheats us; it's a Babylonian slave market in truth! Babylon would draw away our best people, too . . . they would go to where the phones already work, where the streets are already paved. They want the infrastructure, where the Net is woven thickest, and it's easiest to prosper...' " [Also, pg. 127.]
Babylonian world 2025 Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 100. "'Babel's a city in Babylon, right?'

'It was a legendary city,' the Librarian says. 'Babel is a Biblical term for Babylon. The word is Semitic; Bab means gate and El means God, so Babel means 'Gate of God.' But is probably also somewhat onomatopoeic, imitating someone who speaks in an incomprehensible tongue. The Bible is full of puns.'

'They built a tower to Heaven and God knocked it down.'

'This is an anthology of common misconceptions. God did not do anything to the Tower itself. 'And the Lord said, 'Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is ony the beginning of what they will do...' Genesis 11:6-9, Revised Standard Version.' [Etc. More discussion of the story of the Tower of Babel.]; Pg. 101: "'...Babylonian ziggurats have been excavated, astrological diagrams--pictures of thte heavens--have been found inscribed into their tops.' "

Babylonian world 2025 Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 234. "'...Where did Asherah come from?'

'Originally from Sumerian mythology. Hence, she is also important in Babylonian, Assyrian, Canaanite, Hebrew, and Ugaritic myths, which are all descended from the Sumerian.' "

Babylonian world 2045 Wilson, Robert Charles. Memory Wire. New York: Bantam (1987); pg. 112. "One of them had angled past the Earth when the Chou Dynasty was succeeding the Shang and the Assyrians were marching into Babylon... a star of many colors. The observant Babylonians were preoccupied... "
Babylonian world 2046 Bear, Greg. Eternity. New York: Warner Books (1988); pg. 60. "On Earth, the Great World-Master [Alexander the Great] had been forced to turn back by his troops, had fallen sick in another location and died in Babylon . . . And there, Patrikia had told her, was the juncture where their two worlds had separated. "
Babylonian world 2080 Dick, Philip K. The Crack in Space. New York: Ace Books (1966); pg. 81. "'Now as to the stellar chart: I feel like a Babylonian when I start talking about 'celestial bodies' and their positions, but. . . . There's nothing to distinguish it from a sky-shot taken on this side of the tube.' "
Babylonian world 2100 Dick, Philip K. "Beyond Lies the Wub " in The Best of Philip K. Dick. New York: Ballantine (1977; story c. 1952); pg. 6. [Year estimated.] "'So you see,' the wub said, 'we have a common myth. Your mind contains many familiar myth symbols. Ishtar, Odysseus--' "
Babylonian world 2250 Zelazny, Roger & Jane Lindskold. Donnerjack. New York: Avon (1998; c.1997); pg. 155. Pg. 155: "'What brought you to our church?'

'A girl from my office wanted to go, didn't want to go alone.'

'Is she with us?'

'No. It didn't really appeal to her. She said it didn't have enough affirmation of the female.'

'Ishtar will be so hurt.'

'She didn't like her much, to be honest. Said it was the classic bitch pattern all over again.'

'Well, it did have to come from somewhere, didn't it?'

'I see your point, sir. And, to be honest, my friend was a bit of a bitch herself. I think she would have liked to identify with Ishtar--assertive feminism or something--but it just didn't work for her.' ";

Pg. 226: "'Architectural analysis of some of the ancient Sumerian/Babylonian ruins with extrapolations as to how the actual buildings might have been constructed...' "; Pg. 242: Ishtar [Other refs. to Ishtar, and other things Babylonian, not in DB. The Church of Elish, the novel's main fictional religious group, borrows significantly from Babylonian religion.]

Babylonian world 2250 Zelazny, Roger & Jane Lindskold. Donnerjack. New York: Avon (1998; c.1997); pg. 276. Pg. 276: "'In violation of every principle of aerodynamics,' he dictated, 'it comes on, dropping toward us like an avenging angel out of Old Testament Babylon.' ";

Pg. 293: "'The virt form almost always resembles something out of the Sumerian/Babylonian pantheon. I suppose that makes sense, since their religion employs those forms, but it's . . .'


'I guess. Things like that aren't supposed to happen in Verite. Ghosts are about as strange as things get.' ";

Pg. 296: "'Yes, and the mythology of the region from which they claim origin is full of stories of divine vengeance on a catastrophic level--the Great Flood, monstrous creatures, plagues. Remember that the Old Testament owes much of the harshness of its god to the influence of the Sumerians, the Babylonians, the Assyrians.' "; Pg. 300: Ishtar; Gilgamesh [Many other refs., not in DB, e.g., pg. 347, 436-437.]

Babylonian world 2250 Zelazny, Roger & Jane Lindskold. Donnerjack. New York: Avon (1998; c.1997); pg. 569. "The crossover was complete. After millennia, the gods and goddesses of Sumer, Babylon, and Assyria again breathed the air of the world they had once ruled. If some of them were disappointed at the pollution or that their worshipers radiated amusement and excitement rather than awe, they kept their thoughts to themselves.

Then, from the east a great light shone forth, a light that caused even the brilliance of the sun to seem dimmed. Forth from the heart of that glow stepped a mighty figure. This time the crowd screamed in fear (especially those in the eastern grandstands), for what towered over them was an enormous multiheaded dragon.

'Tiamat!' Bel Marduk roared, fire bursting from his lips.

The dragon screamed a challenge, a shrill sound like dozens of cartoon pterodactyls falling on their prey.

The lesser gods got out of the way, heading north or south. A few forgot the warning s that the western ziggurat could not support significant weight... "

Babylonian world 2546 Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. New York: HarperCollins (1999; c. 1932, 1946); pg. 34. "...and the dust was Harappa, was Ur of the Chaldees; some spider-webs, and they were Thebes and Babylon and Cnossos and Mycenae. "
Babylonian world 3417 Farmer, Philip Jose. Dayworld Rebel. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons (1987); pg. 166. "'...But Jahweh and Allah and Buddha... and Woden and Thor and Zeus and Ceres and Ishtar and the Living Mantra and Jumala and Vishnu and--' "
Bactrians Afghanistan -445 B.C.E. Vidal, Gore. Creation. New York: Random House (1981); pg. 25. "At the beginning there was fire. All creation seemed to be aflame. We had drunk the sacred haoma and the world looked to be as ethereal and as luminous and as holy as the fire itself that blazed upon the altar.

This was in Bactria. I was seven years old. I stood next to my grandfather Zoroaster. In one hand, I held the ritual bundle of sticks and watched closely as Zoroaster lit the fire on the altar. " [References to Bactria and Bactrians throughout the novel.] Author's note: "I prefer to call unhappy Afghanistan--and equally unhappy Iran--by their ancient names, Bactria and Persia. "

Bactrians India -209 B.C.E. Anderson, Poul. The Shield of Time. New York: Tor (1990); pg. 84. "209 B.C. About four miles northeast of Bactra, a spring rose in a grove of poplars, halfway up a low hill. It had long been sacred to the god of underground waters. Folk brought offerings there in hopes of protection from earthquake, drought, and murrain on their livestock. When Theonis endowed remodeling of the shrine and rededication to Poseidon, with a regular priest coming out of the city from time to time to conduct rites, no one objected. They simply identified this deity with theirs, continued using the old name if they wished, and felt they might well have gained some special benefits for their horses. "
Bactrians India -200 B.C.E. Anderson, Poul. The Shield of Time. New York: Tor (1990); pg. 31. "This war had been brewing six decades, since the satrap of Bactria revolted against the Seleucid monarchy and proclaimed his province independent, himself its king. The Parthians had taken fire about the same time and done likewise. They were more nearly pure Iranian--Aryan... King Antiochus III... went on to Parthia (northeastern Iran)... The Bactrian troops, like the Parthian, were principally cavalry " [Bactria and Bactrians are featured prominently in this novel although most references have not been added to the database.]
Bactrians India -135 B.C.E. Anderson, Poul. The Shield of Time. New York: Tor (1990); pg. 100. "'By 135 B.C., Bactria had fallen to the nomads. they were not inhumane, but under them civilization withered. The Hellenic dynasty in western India had meanwhile been absorbed culturally by its subjects, and it did not long outlive its northern cousin. It had no lasting effect worth mention, and the memory of it faded fast.' "
Baghdadi Jews China 2050 Stephenson, Neal. The Diamond Age. New York: Bantam (1995); pg. 410. "Hackworth rode past marble villas built by Iraqi Jews in previous centuries... "
Bahai Faith California: Orange County 2065 Robinson, Kim Stanley. Pacific Edge. New York: Tor (1990); pg. 312. "Hank conducted a brief ceremony. He was dressed in his Unitarian minister's shirt... when he spoke it was in the same Hank voice, nothing inflated or ministerial about it. But he was a minister, in the Unitarian Church (also in the Universal Life Church, and in the World Peace Church, and in the Ba'hais [sic]), and as he talked about Tom... "
Bahai Faith California: San Francisco 1977 Leiber, Fritz. Our Lady of Darkness. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1977); pg. 36. "'...I may be a puritan, but I wasn't named for Calvin. My parents were both Presbyterians, it's true, but my father early progressed into Unitarianism and died a devout Ethical Culturist. He used to pray to Emerson and swear by Robert Ingersoll. While my mother was, rather frivolously, into Bahai...' "
Bahai Faith Florida 1981 Bishop, Michael. No Enemy But Time. New York: Timescape (1982); pg. 253. "Three times the victim of heartbreaking, wholly unexptected divorce suits, he went to church every Sunday, but truly worshiped only Dizzy Gillespie, the memory of Bilie Holliday, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, no matter their record. "

Bahai Faith, continued


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