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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Bahai Faith 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. "
Bahai Faith galaxy 2100 Bear, Greg. Anvil of Stars. New York: Warner Books (1992); pg. 229-230. "'Is Jesus Christ the son of the Most High?' Michael Vineyard asked.

'Yes,' Rosa said, her smile broadening. 'We are all its children. Christ must have felt the warmth like a fusion fire, even more strongly than I do. It glows from his words and deeds. The Buddha also felt the warmth, as did Muhammad . . .'

Hakim seemed displeased to hear the Prophet's name in Rosa's mouth.

' . . . And the many prophets and sages of Earth. They were mirrors to the sun.'

'All of them?' Michael persisted.

'All knew part of the truth.' " [Baha'is not mentioned, but this seems a particularly Baha'i-like passage.]

Bahai Faith galaxy 4000 Benford, Gregory. Furious Gulf. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 265. [Actual year unknown.] "He approached on the balls of his feet. She was sprawled out glassy-eyed. Carefully he bent down and took the pouch. It was heavy.

Her eyeballs followed him as he checked over her hear. One eyebrow twitched angrily.

'Banshee, yeasay?'

Her indices said she was something called Bahai. He fished an Aspect chip out of the pouch and pressed it against his wrist reader. The tiny hexagonal crystal there was cracked from some old accident but the optical pipe into his bone still worked. It told him that the Aspect was damaged and had been a woman in the Buddha Gathering, which he supposed was some kind of Family. "

Bahai Faith Guernsey 1944 Allred, Lee. "The Greatest Danger " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 198. "The Dancing Cavalier, with Errol Flynn and Carole Lombard, had been a big hit, even if it was two years old. " [Lombard was a Baha'i.]
Bahai Faith Louisiana: New Orleans 2039 Goonan, Kathleen Ann. Crescent City Rhapsody. New York: Tor (2001; c. 2000); pg. 488. "It created a sound as shattering as that of Charlie Parker and Dizzie Gillespie when they blew the first fast riffs of bop, as strange and new as Coltrain's sheets of sound. "
Bahai Faith New York: New York City 2076 Morehouse, Lyda. Archangel Protocol. New York: Penguin Putnam (2001); pg. 78. "The only thing I saw was dusty hard-copy tomes on Islam, the Baha'i movement, versions of the Koran, political history, and Malcolm X. Not one medical journal among them. "
Bahai Faith New York: New York City: Harlem 1920 Barnes, Steven. Far Beyond the Stars (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 91. "when giants like Charlie Parker, Dizzie Gillespie, and Thelonious Monk "
Bahai Faith Tarot 2077 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 105. "'...We understand Reverend Siltz's position; none of us would wish our children to marry Scientologists, or Baha'is, or any other heathen offspring...' "
Bahai Faith USA 1982 Straub, Peter. Koko. New York: E. P. Dutton (1988); pg. 557. "He will play an Art Tatum version of 'The Sunny Side of the Street,' then one by Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Rollins... "
Bahai Faith USA 1991 Williams, Walter Jon. "While Night's Black Agents to Their Preys Do Rouse " in Wild Cards IX: Jokertown Shuffle (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1991); pg. 330. "No Charlie Parker. That was what Shad had found hard to adjust to. No John Coltrane. No Miles Davis. Dizzy Gillespie fronted something called the Fort Wayne People's Folk Orchestra and blew some good licks, but it wasn't anywhere near the same. "
Bahai Faith world 1996 King, Stephen (written as Richard Bachman). The Regulators. New York: Penguin Books (1996); pg. 70. "Ralphie stuck his tongue out and made the wasp-in-the-jar sound again, blowing so hard that his cheeks bulged out like Dizzy Gillespie's. "
Bahai Faith world 1997 Gloss, Molly. The Dazzle of Day. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 9. "My family once considered themselves Tico, but the old Hispanic tradition of community has so long ago disappeared from this continent, subsumed in the monoculture of the West, that I consider my only culture to be Quaker. Still, the Friends who are joining us in this migration have Japanese names, English, Norwegian--these Friends are strangers to me. Moreover I don't speak Esperanto very well, and maybe I'm too old to learn it better, or maybe too tired. Esperanto is a language without much grace: in the rainy season, who would want to give up saying invierno, which lies sweetly on the tongue, in trade for the crabbed little sound of vintro? " [No explicit ref. to Baha'is, but Esperanto is of interest. Year is approx. 2100 in novel.]
Bahai Faith world 1997 Gloss, Molly. The Dazzle of Day. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 7-8. "Author's Note

Esperanto is an artificial, international language favored by many Peace churches for its facility at clearing the way.

There are no silent letters; every word is pronounced as it is spelled. Vowels are sounded ah, eh, ee, oh, oo--as in 'Are there three or two?'

The semi-vowel ?is like the English w, and combines with a preceding vowel to form a diphthong... " [More pronunciation information, using specialized phonetic characters.] Pg. 8: "Among some Esperanto speakers, female children take the family name of the mother, and male children the family name of the father. " [Paragraph about the interrogative.]

[This author's note does not explicitly refer to Baha'is, but Baha'is are the religious group which has historically had interest in Esperanto.]

Bahai Faith world 2010 Stephenson, Neal. The Big U. New York: Random House (1984); pg. 118. "'TUG is fully consistent with Judeo-Christo-Mohammedan-Bahaism.' "
Bahai Faith world 2040 Pohl, Frederik. Man Plus. New York: Random House (1976); pg. 56. "It did not keep him from whistling to himself as he shaved carefully around his Dizzy Gillespie beard and brushed his hair... "
Bahai Faith world 3332 Attanasio, A. A. Radix. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1981); pg. 459. [Appendix.] "Esper: the international language Esperanto, in the widely modified form used at CIRCLE. "
Bajoran* Bajor 2359 Taylor, Jeri. Pathways (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1999; c. 1998); pg. 65. "At the periphery of one of the towns on Bajor had once been a magnificent outdoor arena, a graceful oval built into the side of a mountain that was studded with huge trees, spreading a lacy canopy over the terraced seating area. The Bajorans had used it for celebrations of the arts, and for various rituals of their Prophets. " [Some other Bajoran refs., not in DB.]
Bajoran* Bajor 2369 Strickland, Brad. Stowaways (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1994); pg. 45. "'...You may know that the Bajoran people are very religious. There are different sects, of course, but all of them are devoted to exploring the ways of the spirit. And all of them revered the Kai Opaka and her teachings--all but Tikar Antol and his Turnaways.'

'And who are they?' Nog asked...

'They say Tikar was the first Turnaway,' Sesana replied. 'He fought the Cardassians for years. they killed his whole family because of that... The Cardassians tortured them horribly and then killed them. And Tikar lost his faith. He said if religion could not help him, if spiritual powers could not even protect his innocent wife and children, then he would turn away from them. And he did. His followers are also unbelievers.' " [Many other refs. to Bajoran religion, not in DB. The villains of the novel are assassins who lost their faith during Cardassian occupation.]

Bajoran* Bajor 2372 David, Peter; Michael Jan Friedman & Robert Greenberger. Wrath of the Prophets (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 33. Pg. 33: "Kai Winn stood with her back to Ompar Tenzil. Ompar was a rather large, singularly aggressive member of the Bajoran government. He was the primary liaison between the secular and the religious order, and Kai Winn found herself wishing for someone who was more . . . sedate, somehow.

Ompar frequently behaved as if he were playing to the back row of a theater. He had just come from speaking with the council of Vedeks, and now he was venting his spleen to the Kai. ";

Pg. 34: "'...You must tell the people,' he said... 'You must tell them this is a test! Yes, that's it1' he continued, thinking quickly as he spoke. 'You must tell them this is a test given them by the Prophets!... It's a test.'

'Of what?'

'Their belief,' he told her. ";

Pg. 34: "'Are you telling me this is supposed to be some sort of test from the Prophets? What are they testing, Ompar? The religious fortitude of our Rintas? Or the resolve of our babies, perhaps?' " [Other refs., not in DB.]

Bajoran* Bajor 2373 Barnes, Steven. Far Beyond the Stars (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 2. "Bajor was too close to the Cardassian border, a tempting prize, too wealthy by far, whether wealth was measure din material or spiritual values. That last, perhaps, was what had proved her undoing. To have nothing and be unprepared for the predators in the world, was one thing. But to be rich and still unable to defend oneself seemed to motivate not merely greed, but anger. "
Bajoran* Bajor 2375 Perry, S. D. Avatar, Book One (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 10. Pg. 9: "The initial invitation to visit B'hala had been extended by a branch of the Order of the Temple, the prylars who primarily worked the dig, and had been offered as a chance to experience Bajoran history firsthand. Being the Emissary's son surely had plenty to do with it, but Jake appreciated the less-obvious wording. He knew that B'hala had been a special place for his father. "; Pg. 10: "Mostly they were Bajoran archeologists, although there was a handful of recently arrived Vulcan chronologists and a few assorted off-world theology groups--not to mention a constant trickle of the faithful, devout sightseers who came to pray and meditate in the long shadow of B'hala's central bantaca... " [Many other Bajoran religious refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]
Bajoran* Bajor 2376 DeCandido, Keith R. A. Demons of Air and Darkness (Star Trek: DS9 / Gateways: Book 4 of 7). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 70. Pg. 70: "'As far as the Bajorans are concerned, the Celestial Temple went undiscovered until seven years ago because the Prophets were waiting for the Emissary.'

Shar seemed to consider that. 'That's actually a perfectly valid interpretation of the facts. In fact, you could even argue that the Prophets made the Denorios Belt such a navigation hazard in order to keep the temple hidden until the right moment.'

Nog grinned. 'Do you believe that?'

'Well, I'm not a Bajoran, and I wasn't raised in that religious tradition, so no, but it's an interesting hypothesis.' ";

Pg. 164: "Again, the stars were always there for her--as long as the Prophets provided a view of the other suns in the galaxy, she could find her way. "

Bajoran* Bajor 2376 DeCandido, Keith R. A. Demons of Air and Darkness (Star Trek: DS9 / Gateways: Book 4 of 7). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 84. "Lenaris was also deeply religious, she knew, as most of his people must also have been, and he probably wasn't entirely comfortable dealing with Kira as one Attainted by the Vedek Assembly. But Kira also knew that Lenaris was too professional to allow any personal feelings to obstruct his duty, especially if lives were on the line. "
Bajoran* Bajor 2376 DeCandido, Keith R. A. Demons of Air and Darkness (Star Trek: DS9 / Gateways: Book 4 of 7). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 87. "...Kira said, 'A people can be defined by where they come from. Who the Bajorans are is shaped in part by our world. It's part of what ties us to the Prophets. The Cardassians didn't belong there, so I fought them. All my life, I've fought for Bajor because that is my unit.'

She thought Taran'atar would grasp the analogy, but he seemed to focus on something else. 'You believe that your home brings you closer to your gods?'

'I suppose that's one way of looking at it,' she said neutrally.

'Yet your gods cast you out.'

On reflex, Kira's hand went to her right ear, which had gone unadorned since she'd been Attainted. 'Not my gods,' she said, quietly but firmly. 'Only a few men and women who claim to represent them.'

...her being exiled from the Bajoran religious community was still an open wound, and the conversation was taking a direction that would surely pour salt on it. "

Bajoran* Bajor 2376 DeCandido, Keith R. A. Demons of Air and Darkness (Star Trek: DS9 / Gateways: Book 4 of 7). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 87. "Part of the problem was her own inability to convey her feelings about faith properly. She remembered something Istani... had said to her when she was a child: 'One does not explain faith. One simply has it or does not.'

And Kira did have faith--in Bajor, and in the Prophets. She always had. It had kept her going during those cold winter nights in the caves, hiding from the Cardassian patrols, with not enough clothes to keep her warm, unable to build a fire for fear of being detected. It would keep her going now, too. After all, the Prophets didn't 'cast me out,' Vedek Yevir did. If I learned nothing else from Kai Winn's thankfully brief reign, it's that even the clergy isn't perfect.'

Part of it might also have been that Taran'atar was struggling with his own crisis of faith ever since he returned from Sindorin. Questioning Kira about her own spiritual dilemma was the only way he had to at least attempt to resolve it... But she would never lose faith... "

Bajoran* Bajor 2376 Jarman, Heather. This Gray Spirit (Star Trek: DS9; "Mission: Gamma " #2 of 4). New York: Pocket Books (2002) [Major refs. to Bajoran culture and religion throughout novel, not in DB.]
Bajoran* Bajor 2376 Martin, Michael A. & Andy Mangels. Cathedral (Star Trek: DS9; "Mission: Gamma " #3 of 4). New York: Pocket Books (2002); pg. 46. "Yevir's brow furrowed as he realized that she had reasons other than a common doctrinal outlook to support Yevir's chief rival for the kaiship. Vedek Solis had made it clear that he sought Bajor's top religious leadership position--and that he did so at the behest of a newly formed sect which taught that Ohalu' heresies were the True Way of the Prophets. " [Extensive other Bajoran religious refs., not in DB.]
Bajoran* California: San Francisco 2369 Wright, Susan. The Best and the Brightest (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 16. [Book jacket:] "Meet a new generation of cadets... a Bajoran Vedek who finds himself torn between his vows and an unspoken love... " [A religious Bajoran is one of novel's main characters. Many refs., not in DB.]; Pg. 16: "Not that she expected to have much fun around T'Rees since he was a Vulcan... but she had expected more from Nev Reoh, a former Bajoran Vedek, and Moll Enor, a newly joined Trill. Nev Reoh readily admitted that he was a failure at everything he had tried. It was practically the first thing he said, and he tended to repeat it periodically. Reoh was different, even among the few Bajoran cadets--he was older than everyone else, and it didn't help that his prematurely receding hairline added even more years to his appearance... "; Pg. 24: "Moll had thought it was bad living with Nev Reoh, but at least the former Vedek maintained order on his side of their room. "
Bajoran* California: San Francisco 2369 Wright, Susan. The Best and the Brightest (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 85. "Reoh hadn't dared to ask Bobbie Ray and Starsa if he could join their team. It had been their decision to include him. When he had first found out, he gave thanks to the prophets, in spite of his crises of faith. At least he had a chance to survive, let alone pass the test. "
Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2342 ab Hugh, Daffyd. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Conquered (Book 1 of 3 in "Rebels " trilogy). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 1. "'My Lord, what may I bring you from our Prophets?' Sister Winn asked, as Gul Ragat and his Cardassian friends and colleagues roared with laughter at her impishness.

'From your Prophets?' echoed another young Cardassian, a gul in the Cardassian land forces. The boy--Akkat, Sister Winn remembered--wore a sneer he obviously practiced before a mirror. His voice held a nasal quality found to a lesser extent in most Cardassians--probably a species trait--but grating to Bajoran ears nevertheless.

'Yes, Lord Akkat,' said the priestess, bowing low to the boy who was only a little more than half her age. 'The Prophets offer peace and hope to all, even Cardassians.' " [Many refs. to the religion and culture of Bajorans and Cardassians throughout novel. Other refs. not in DB.]

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2369 Dillard, J. M. Emissary (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 25. Pg. 25: "...conventional ship's stores, gambling casinos, even a Bajoran temple. The combination of simple, mystical Bajoran design and ethereal, ornate Cardassian style produced a striking effect. "; Pg. 27: "Ahead of them, a Bajoran temple, simple and elegant compared to the surrounding Cardassian structures, caught Sisko's eye. As they approached it, someone stirred in the arched, shadowed entryway: an elderly Bajoran monk dressed in traditional robes, his eyes large and compelling beneath thick white brows. His odd hypnotic gaze met Sisko's... The monk wore a faint beatific smile. 'Please enter. The prophets await you.' "; Pg. 33: "The Bajora [sic] themselves were an intriguing people, deeply religious, and Sisko looked forward to learning more about them, despite O'Brien's whimsical expression when he mentioned Major Kira... " [Many refs. throughout novel. Bajoran religion is a central thematic element. Only a few example refs. in DB.]
Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2369 Dillard, J. M. Emissary (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 69. "'If Bajor can join the Federation it will bring stability--'

'I do not speak of the Federation,' the Kai interrupted firmly. 'I speak of your survival.'

'Mine?' Sisko felt a ripple of fear; he suddenly wanted to flee this mysterious woman.

Opaka reached out with long, gentle fingers and cupped one side of Sisko's face, studying him as an old woman might admire the face of a beloved grandchild. 'Have you ever explored your pagh, Commander?'

'Pagh?' Sisko wanted to pull back, flee from her touch; he wanted to draw closer, to trust.

Her hand moved delicately, firmly, to Sisko's ear; one finger slowly traced the outer rim. 'Bajorans draw courage from their spiritual life. Our lifeforce, our pagh, is replenished by the prophets.'

The radiance in her eyes grew as her finger moved. She stared in frank wonder at Sisko, as if she had just witnessed the most amazing of miracles... "

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2369 Friedman, Michael Jan. "Captain Benjamin Sisko " in The Mist (Star Trek: DS9 / The Captain's Table: Book 3 of 6). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 264. "Shortly after his posting to Deep Space Nine, Sisko made contact with the mysterious life-forms identified as Bajor's legendary Prophets. These beings existed in the Celestial Temple--also known as the Bajoran wormhole--which was located in the Denorios Belt. Their nonlinear perspective on existence helped Sisko come to grips with the loss of his wife.

As a result of his contact with the Prophets, Bajoran religious leader Kai Opaka indicated that Sisko was the Emissary described in ancient prophecies as the one who would save the Bajoran people. Sisko was uncomfortable with his role as Emissary for some time, but felt obligated to respect Bajoran religious beliefs. "

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2369 Jeter, K. W. Warped (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 14. Book jacket: "...Commander Sisko finds himself butting up against a new religious faction who plan to take over Bajor and force the Federation to leave Deep Space Nine. "'; Pg. 14: "The ancient, rust-speckled padlocks were sealed with not only the insignia of the Bajoran provisional government, but a simpler cursive signature as well, drawn in the candle wax by the fingertip of one of the senior Vedeks of the dominant Bajoran religious order. A formality, more than a security measure; any competent thief could have cut through the chains with a microtorch, rifled through the crate's contents, and sealed it all back up with nothing more than a few hair-thin seams in the metal links. " [Other refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]
Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2370 ab Hugh, Dafydd. Fallen Heroes (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1994); pg. 10. "The station was full to overflowing from the latest wave of tourist ships to the wormhole. With the tourists had come a yammer of merchants, a mummer of missionaries (all faiths)... The political turmoils sweeping Bajor had crash-landed on DS9. Every other step, Odo had to duck under a banner to dodge a sign-waving, chanting crowd of Bajoran fundamentalist or antifundamentalist (tolerationist?) protestors. The current fashion for the orthodox 'Bajor for Bajorans' was dark blue, gray, and black, while the progressive faction preferred light and sky blue. " [Other refs., not in DB, but not a major theme of the novel.]
Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2370 ab Hugh, Dafydd. Fallen Heroes (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1994); pg. 230. Pg. 230: "Ever since the rise of Bajoran fundamentalism and the attack on the schoolroom, coinciding with the power play by the orthodox Vedek Winn against the progressive Vedek Bareil, Bajoran 'Sunday schools' had sprung up on the station.

Sisko had decided that sending his own son to Bajoran religious classes would placate a lot of hard hearts; as well, a dose of spiritual values might do Jake good. Thus, he had insisted Jake attend the religious classes. ";

Pg. 231: "'I was not aware that Commander Sisko was a religious man,' said Odo.

'He's not. I knew Dad couldn't possibly have suddenly converted to sun worship, which is so old-fashioned even in Bajor that only radical students and troublemakers practice it--or at least that's what Teacher Janra says, and she's going to be a Vedek someday.

'I figured out it must be a code right away; but... I didn't know what the hell--what the heck he meant.' "

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2370 Archer, Nathan. Valhalla (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 159. Pg. 159: "Thus, an hour after Quark's chat with the Ashtarian chief scientist, as Ensign Shula left the Bajoran temple on the Promenade after stopping in for her daily meditation... "; Pg. 198: "'This is the Celebration of Tissin,' the Bajoran explained, 'a festival day, when our people traditionally fly firekites--little sailplanes built of bone and paper, carrying colorful explosives . . .'

'Fireworks,' Dr. Bashir said... ";

Pg. 212: "'...I'm sure that any cleric on Bajor would tell you that it's been sent to us by the Prophets of the Celestial Temple, so that the holy servants of the Prophets here in the Bajoran system can aid it. Isn't the comforting of troubled souls, and the whole question of an afterlife, properly a religious matter?' " [More. Some other refs. to Bajorans and Bajoran religion, not in DB, but this is not a major element of the novel.]

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2370 Archer, Nathan. Valhalla (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 213. "What if Enak were to latch on to some of the basic tenets of the orthodox Bajoran faith, and combine them with the beliefs and desires it already had?

Specifically, the Bajorans believed that the interior of the wormhole was their Celestial Temple, where the Prophets dwelt outside of time--one way of interpreting the very real existence of the entities in there.

What if Enak decided that the Bajoran Celestial Temple was the same thing as the tschak Heaven it was looking for?

It would go diving back into the wormhole, thrashing about, painting the wormhole entities with its radiation... "

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2370 Friesner, Esther. Warchild (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1994); pg. 1. Pg. 1: "Aboard the runabout, two men wearing the robes of Bajoran monks sat side by side... had been given orders by Major Kira herself to pick up a Bajoran monk at the port nearest the great Temple, yet when he had reported there... found a monk and a vedek awaiting passage to the station... "; Pg. 4: "That monk spoke words Sisko had not understood--the Prophets? What Prophets?--not then. Sisko brushed the words aside. He had lost track of all the exotic religions he'd encountered since joining Starfleet. He did his best to offer them all a measure of respect, if not belief. He had never expected one of them to reach out and touch him to the heart the way the faith of Bajor had done. It had touched him deeply, helped him come to terms with his past, the death of his wife... It was a strong source of power--strange power, unknown power--the mystic faith that permeated every aspect of Bajoran life... " [Extensive focus on Bajoran religion throughout novel.]
Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2370 Gallagher, Diana G. Arcade (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 24. "Of course, certain religious factions on Bajor wanted Starfleet to leave because they believed the Prophets' Celestial Temple existed in the wormhole. His father had proved that the revered orbs were only messages sent by the wormhole's alien creators, but facts hadn't changed the Bajorans' spiritual beliefs. However, the Federation respected Bajoran rights. Starfleet would leave the station and the wormhole rather than fight over them... "
Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2370 Graf, L. A. Armageddon Sky (Star Trek: DS9; "Day of Honor " Book 2 of 4). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 1. Pg. 1: "...and occasional curses spat out in the dozen languages Dax spoke fluently. At least one of those had been Bajoran, and from its breathless invocation of Prophetic aid, Kira gathered the battle on the courtyard's floor wasn't going well at all. "; Pg. 222: "Kira felt K'Taran flash with anger... Kira threw up one elbow the halt the girl's forward surge, and thanked the Prophets when K'Taran stopped without a protest. " [Some other Bajoran refs., not in DB, but the novel's focus is on Klingon culture.]
Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2371 Friedman, Michael Jan. "Captain Benjamin Sisko " in The Mist (Star Trek: DS9 / The Captain's Table: Book 3 of 6). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 269. "Though skeptical of his role as the Bajoran Emissary, the captain gradually came to embrace it, seeing the potential for doing good it brought him. A key point in this process was an incident in 2171, in which Sisko ignored an ancient Bajoran prophecy of doom to undertake a joint scientific venture with the Cardassians. When the prophecy came true, albeit in a symbolic way, Sisko developed a new respect for Bajoran mysticism--and for his own prophesied part in Bajor's fate.

A year later, Akorem Laan, a legendary Bajoran poet who had vanished into the wormhole two hundred years earlier, claimed that he was the Emissary. Sisko stepped side without argument to let Akorem assume the position--until he saw the misery caused by Akorem's reverence for Bajor's ancient caste system. In the end, the wormhole aliens known as the Prophets confirmed that Sisko was the true Emissary. "

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2371 Peel, John. Objective: Bajor (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 120. [1] "...and a robed figure emerged.

'Kai Winn!' he exclaimed in surprise. 'How did you get in here? I gave explicit orders that I was not to be disturbed.'

With the regal serenity that Shakaar was certain she practiced in front of mirrors when alone, Kai Winn glided across the room. She inclined her head slightly. 'I am sure that you did, my child,' she murmured, oozing sympathy and understanding... 'But you are already disturbed, are you not? By your thoughts.'

...He... had never accepted her in the role of Kai--spiritual leader of all Bajor. She was perhaps one of the least spiritual people he'd ever met in his life. All she cared about was her own power.

'There are ways known only to the Prophets, my child,' she finally answered evasively.

'And secret passages known only to the religious orders,' I'll warrant,' Shakaar snapped. 'Well, you're here now, so say your piece...' "

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2371 Peel, John. Objective: Bajor (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 120. [2] "'What do you know of this troubled time?' he asked her.

'Only what the Prophets have seen fit to show me,' Winn answered. Her hands appeared from the arms of her ornamental robes. One held a small scroll. 'I have been studying the Third Prophecy of Andaki, and it is obviously about the crisis in which we find ourselves.'

'With all due respect to he Prophets--' began Shakaar, but she cut him off with a gesture.

'Yes. Let us all show due respect to the Prophets.' She glared mildly at him. "

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2371 Peel, John. Objective: Bajor (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 121. [3] "'I understand your anger and frustration, my child, but this is very relevant. Listen.' She unraveled the scroll and began to read from it:

'The land will be torn asunder as great wings hover.
Death will be on all who witness, and mourning on the lips of the few who survive.
Weep for the lost, the children, the land. Weep, for it and they are no more.

In that terrible day shall all my people be one.
Stand firm, for one shall protect you, and two shall convert.
In their faith, Bajor will be made whole.'

She let the scroll roll up again, and slipped it back inside her voluminous sleeves. 'Surely, my child, you can see what at least a part of this means.' "

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2371 Peel, John. Objective: Bajor (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 121. [4] "Shakaar considered himself as devout as the next person, but he knew that the Prophets always spoke in riddles. Many of the Prophecies were couched in obscure terms and subject to any number of interpretations. 'The Third Book of Andaki is notoriously used by many unscrupulous and misguided individuals to predict the end of the world as we know it,' he said. 'I am surprised that you have joined their number, Kai Winn.' " [Many other refs. to Bajoran religion in the novel, not in DB. A major theme involves Kai Winn and other religious Bajorans proposing that the current invents involving the oncoming Hive planet are a fulfillment of Bajoran scripture. Many are skeptical, including Captain Sisko, but by the end of the novel, events do fit the Prophecies rather remarkably.]
Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2371 Peel, John. Objective: Bajor (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 122. "'The one who stands firm is obviously myself... I stand firm as I always have in the faith of the Prophets. The two who shall convert . . .' She gave him a pitying gaze. 'You are, I am afraid, one of those. Your lack of piety and trust in the Prophets is hardly secret, is it?'

'I do my duty by the Prophets,' Shakaar snapped. 'No one can say otherwise.'

Winn shook her head chidingly. 'None of us do all of our duty, my child. Even I sometimes fall short of what is expected of me. But we must all strive harder to obey the will of the Prophets.'

'I don't see that your prophecy gives me anything to even consider,' he replied... 'And you still haven't told me who the second person is who must convert.'

'The answer to both is tied to the other,' Kai Winn informed him. 'You alone, commanding the government, could never hope to stand against these... predators. If you stand with me, and the religious forces who follow me, there is a better chance...' "

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2371 Peel, John. Objective: Bajor (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 181. "He joined sharply at Sisko. 'You see the significance, of course?'

Sisko wasn't sure how to reply. He knew that many of the writings of the Prophets had been truly inspired in some strange way. The aliens who had created the stable wormhole that was used for travel between the Alpha and Gamma Quadrants lived outside of time. They had, however, some measure of interest in the people of Bajor, and had sent nine orbs to guide the Bajorans. Some of the orbs were lost to the Cardassians, but others still existed in temples on Bajor. Sisko had explained communion through those orbs with the wormhole aliens. He knew that Kira had seen visions of the future through them. Given that the wormhole beings lived outside of time, such prophecies had at least a smattering of scientific plausibility behind them.

On the other hand, many of the writings of the Prophets were couched in obscure and sometimes deliberately confusing phrases... "

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2371 Smith, Dean Wesley & Kristine Kathryn Rusch. The Long Night (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 77. "'I had hoped that you might cut through the official red tape. I understand your people have a deep religious faith and know what it means to have other cultures interfere with your beliefs.'

'The Bajoran religion accepts other cultures,' Kira said, unable to let the misconception through. 'I wouldn't be on this station if it didn't.' " [Other refs., not in DB. But Bajoran religion is not the focus of the novel. The fictional 'Jibetan' culture and religion, created for this novel, is central to the plot.]

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2372 Graf, L. A. Time's Enemy (Star Trek: DS9/Invasion! #3). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 140. "Kira had seen that frightful coldness slip into plce for countless Cardassian Guls who still thought their rank gave them power in this sector, for Kai Winn when she presumed to argue her personal goals in the name of the Prophets, for Bajorans who insisted on making him their spiritual Emissary no matter how he rejected that mantle... But in all her years of working beside him, Sisko had never turned that face on her. " [Other refs., not in DB. Kira (a Bajoran) is a major character in the novel, and is shown on the cover, but Bajoran culture and religion is not a major focus of this novel.]
Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2372 Shimerman, Armin & David George. The 34th Rule (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 40. Pg. 40: "Finally, Quark understood. Kira was deeply committed to her religious beliefs, the greater tangible symbols of which were the Orbs of the Prophets. If she believed that the nagus would not sell the Orb he possessed to her people, she would have been roused to action, to do whatever was within her abilities to see that the mystical item was returned to what she felt was its rightful place. But Quark knew of no reason why the nagus would not sell to the Bajorans for the right price. ";

Pg. 45: "'Major, would you ever attempt to get Kai Winn to change her beliefs?'

'I've argued loudly and often with the kai.'

'Would you try to change her religious beliefs?'

'What I'm asking you has nothing to do with religious beliefs.'

'You're wrong. What you're talking about concerns the tenets of business, and business is the most important thing to the Ferengi. The acquisition of profit is as meaningful to us as the spiritual life is to the Bajorans.' " [More.]

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2372 Shimerman, Armin & David George. The 34th Rule (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 48. "Kira turned to the table of contents, the brittle pages crackling beneath her touch, the sound like that of flames consuming dead wood. She ran her hand across the familiar chapter heading--'Home in the Firmament,' 'Bajor Rises,' 'Prophecy,' and others--and found consolation the simple contact with this most treasured and important of her possessions. The text was one of Kira's favorites, an historical work punctuated with ancient tales, spiritual interpretations, and the auguring of things to come. It had been written centuries ago by Vedek Synta Kayanil, a heroic and beloved figure from Bajor's past, and it was not considered a major canonical work of the Bajoran religion. Kira had always found it both poetic and insightful.

Entitled When the Prophets Cried, the narrative included, among its many stories, accounts of the discoveries of the seven Orbs known at the time of its writing. " [Many more refs. throughout novel.]

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2373 Barnes, Steven. Far Beyond the Stars (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 5. "...the Bajoran wormhole. There were time when he could appreciate its beauty, and others when he thought only of the beings deep within it, the mysterious Prophets who had shown him so much, had brought him so close to both madness and some total, ineffable understanding. He couldn't help the fact that his emotions toward the wormhole and its residents vacillated. Was it a spiritual font, which had blossomed a religion of depth and grace? Or was it merely a trade route...? " [Other refs., not in DB.]
Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2373 Barnes, Steven. Far Beyond the Stars (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 11. "And there, certainly, was truth. The immortal Prophets were timeless beings of staggering power. They lived in, and had created the Bajoran wormhole. They had gifted the Bajorans with the sacred Orbs, which were the basis for all of their religion and much of their culture. When the Prophets chose Benjamin Sisko as the Emissary, it elevated him from a mere Starfleet Captain to a voice of wisdom and experience. But when he spoke in his role as . . . well, Federation mouthpiece, the Bajorans had no such obligation to listen. "
Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2373 Friedman, Michael Jan. "Captain Benjamin Sisko " in The Mist (Star Trek: DS9 / The Captain's Table: Book 3 of 6). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 270. "In 2373, Sisko was plagued by life-threatening visions that enabled him to find B'hala, Bajor's legendary lost city, which seemed to hold the key to Bajor's future. When his life was saved by the station's physician, Dr. Julian Bashir, the visions went away--and the captain felt the loss deeply. "
Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2373 Wright, Susan. The Badlands, Book Two (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 136. Pg. 136: "At this moment of victory, which felt oddly hollow, Sisko realized his zeal in the past few weeks of tracking down and bringing Eddington to justice had been covering a deeper obsession. Nothing had been the same since the Prophets had sent him the visions of B'hala.

The Prophets had touched him and shown him nonlinear time. He had been able to see the past and the future like some great pattern that made perfect sense. But Dr. Bashir had reversed the effects, taking it away too soon. ";

Pg. 144: "Odo was certain that Sisko's role as the Emissary to the Prophets had influenced her good fortune. " [Some more about Captain Sisko's role as the Emissary of the Bajoran religion, not in DB.]

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2373 Wright, Susan. The Badlands, Book Two (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 195. "O'Brien nodded. 'The captain will make sure they get the job done.'

Kira silently agreed. There was nothing the Emissary couldn't do. In her younger years as a freedom fighter, she had not relied much on religion. But ironically it was her faith in a human, the Emissary, that had brought to life the full power of the Bajoran faith in her.

Kira checked the sensors trained on the wormhole, the Temple of the Prophets, restored to Bajor by the Emissary. The recent discovery of B'hala had finally convinced the last skeptics, including Kai Winn, that Captain Sisko was the Emissary. "

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2373 Wright, Susan. The Tempest (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 254. "'Only the periphery!' Kira repeated sarcastically. 'That will detach it from this quadrant, destroying the Celestial Temple of the Prophets.' " [Some other Bajoran refs., not in DB. Also, significant Klingon refs. in novel. Worf is a featured character.]
Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2374 Reeves-Stevens, Judith & Garfield. Inferno (Star Trek: DS9 / Millennium Book 3 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 75. "This Dukat was different. Not the same one who had been coming to him for . . . for centuries, it seemed. This Dukat was clad in the robes of a Bajoran religious order. His weathered features bore the mark of age...

Garak's breath came short and fast. 'Of course! That explains it! This is an Orb experience.' " [Other Bajoran religious refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2374 Reeves-Stevens, Judith & Garfield. Inferno (Star Trek: DS9 / Millennium Book 3 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 131. "'But Major Kira doesn't seem to have become more religious or . . . anything,' Jake said.

Jadzia paused in the doorway. 'On the contrary, that's what's made her so strong in all this.'

Jake frowned. 'She's always strong.'

'Strong-willed, Jake. There's a difference. It's not inconceivable that some people might have had their faith diminished by what we've all been through. I mean, from a theological viewpoint, what's happened here could be interpreted as the final battle between good and evil . . . and evil won.'

'Is that what Major Kira thinks?'

Jadzia shook her head. 'Absolutely not. In fact, she doesn't believe this has anything to do with the Prophets at all. As far as she's concerned, the Prophets might test her people from time to time, but they would never be responsible for something as . . . as evil as the end of the universe and the deaths of so many innocent people.' " [More.]

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2374 Reeves-Stevens, Judith & Garfield. Inferno (Star Trek: DS9 / Millennium Book 3 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 132. "'Kira is a devout believer in the Prophets as her gods. And for all her . . . personal combativeness, when it comes to religious mattes, she has a certain ease that comes from her absolute faith. That's why she never tries to force her religion on others, why she never judges those who don't agree with her, and why she's not troubled by what's happened--at least in a religious sense. Faith is a wonderful thing, Jake, especially when it's pure like Kira's and not just a facade covering up unadmitted doubts--and fear.' "
Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2374 Reeves-Stevens, Judith & Garfield. The Fall of Terok Nor (Star Trek: DS9 / Millennium Book 1 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 98. [1] "Arla's almond-brown eyes met his. 'Well actually, sir, one of my suggestions is that all group religious celebrations be banned from the station. Not personal expressions of faith,' she hastily amended, as his look of consternation and lack of comprehension registered on her. 'I'm not suggesting that. But for the good of the group, religious events really have no place in what is, after all, a military environment--which is what DS9 will be for the duration of the Dominion War.'

Sisko concentrated on keeping his voice calm in the face of Arla's surprisingly insensitive conclusion. 'Commander, war or no war, this station is first and foremost a civilian installation run by the Bajoran government. Starfleet's presence as an administrative authority is temporary, and strictly limited to security operations. In no way would we ever infringe on the religious rights of any culture--which makes you suggestion totally out of line.' "

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2374 Reeves-Stevens, Judith & Garfield. The Fall of Terok Nor (Star Trek: DS9 / Millennium Book 1 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 98. [2] "Arla's face reddened. 'Sir, I'm not suggesting Starfleet outlaw religion, just relegate it to private expression, off-duty. I... don't think there's anything out of line with my suggestion.'

'No,' Sisko said... 'Not as a suggestion. But what surprises me, frankly, is that you--a Bajoran--are making it.'

'We're not all religious fan--' and Arla hesitated... rethinking her choice of words. 'We're not all religious to the same degree, sir.'

'So it would seem.'

'I don't mean to offend you, sir. I mean, I know that many Bajorans believe that the wormhole aliens you've encountered are their Prophets.'

'And you don't,' Sisko said, not bothering to make it a question.

'Sir, with all due respect, I'd be much more inclined to believe that the Bajoran wormhole was a celestial temple if it didn't form with verteron nodes. I mean, if it's truly a home for gods, shouldn't it operate outside the normal laws of physics, instead of appearing as a natural phenomenon.' "

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2374 Reeves-Stevens, Judith & Garfield. The Fall of Terok Nor (Star Trek: DS9 / Millennium Book 1 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 99. [3] "Sisko sat down again and reached out for his baseball. He decided he was going to have to take a closer look at Commander Arla Rees's personnel file. He had met many Bajorans, with many different degrees of belief and many different traditions of worship. But he had never met one who so obviously rejected the idea that the beings in the wormhole were the Prophets.

'I have heard that argument,' Sisko said, noncommittally, tossing the baseball from one hand to another while he waited to see what else the surprising young Bajoran would come up with.

Arla didn't keep him waiting, apparently most reluctant to accept such a neutral stance from him.

'Sir, do you believe the wormhole aliens are the Prophets? I mean, I know some people call you the Emissary, and I don't mean to offend you, but . . . you're an educated man.'

'And as such,' Sisko said lightly. 'My eyes are open to the full range of wonder the universe contains.' "

Bajoran* Deep Space 9 2374 Reeves-Stevens, Judith & Garfield. The Fall of Terok Nor (Star Trek: DS9 / Millennium Book 1 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 99. [4] "Arla's spontaneous smile was full of quick, responsive humor. 'You're not answering my question, sir.'

Sisko stopped playing games. He placed his hands together as he thought for a moment. 'Very well. What do I personally believe? I am sure that there are entities who live in the wormhole. I have no doubt that these entities are the source of the Orbs which have had such a profound effect on your people's history and culture. I have no doubt that these entities are, indeed, what the Bajoran people call their Prophets. And I have no doubt that the Prophets are inextricably involved in the fate of your people.' "

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