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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Parsi China 2050 Stephenson, Neal. The Diamond Age. New York: Bantam (1995); pg. 336. "this was the Coastal Republic... Every tribe in the world seemed to have its own skyscraper here. Some, like New Atlantis... used the size and magnificence of their buildings as a monument to themselves. Others, like the Boers, the Parsis, the Jews, went for the understated approach, and in Pudong anything understated was more or less invisible. "
Parsi galaxy 2374 Cox, Greg. Q-Space (Star Trek: TNG / The Q Continuum: Book 1 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 82. "When it did, would he be able to grab the kid before he crashed to the ground? What would Whip Parsi do at a time like this? " [A person's name?]
Parsi India 1872 Verne, Jules. Around the World in Eighty Days. Translated by George M. Towle. New York: Bantam (1988; c. 1873); pg. 41. [Chapter 11] "It only remained now to find a guide, which was comparatively easy. A young Parsee, with an intelligent face, offered his services, which Mr. Fogg accepted, promising so generous a reward as to materially stimulate his zeal. The elephant was led out and equipped. The Parsee, who was an accomplished elephant driver, covered his back with a sort of saddle-cloth, and attached to each of his flanks some curiously uncomfortable howdahs. Phileas Fogg paid the Indian with some banknotes which he extracted from the famous carpet-bag, a proceeding that seemed to deprive poor Passepartout of his vitals. Then he offered to carry Sir Francis to Allahabad, which the brigadier gratefully accepted, as one traveller the more would not be likely to fatigue the gigantic beast. "
Parsi India 1872 Verne, Jules. Around the World in Eighty Days. Translated by George M. Towle. New York: Bantam (1988; c. 1873); pg. 41. [Chapter 11] "Provisions were purchased at Kholby, and, while Sir Francis and Mr. Fogg took the howdahs on either side, Passepartout got astride the saddle-cloth between them. The Parsee perched himself on the elephant's neck, and at nine o'clock they set out from the village, the animal marching off through the dense forest of palms by the shortest cut. "
Parsi India 1872 Verne, Jules. Around the World in Eighty Days. Translated by George M. Towle. New York: Bantam (1988; c. 1873); pg. 41. [Chapter 12] "In order to shorten the journey, the guide passed to the left of the line where the railway was still in process of being built. This line, owing to the capricious turnings of the Vindhia Mountains, did not pursue a straight course. The Parsee, who was quite familiar with the roads and paths in the district, declared that they would gain twenty miles by striking directly through the forest.

Phileas Fogg and Sir Francis Cromarty, plunged to the neck in the peculiar howdahs provided for them, were horribly jostled by the swift trotting of the elephant, spurred on as he was by the skilful Parsee; but they endured the discomfort with true British phlegm, talking little, and scarcely able to catch a glimpse of each other. "

Parsi India 1872 Verne, Jules. Around the World in Eighty Days. Translated by George M. Towle. New York: Bantam (1988; c. 1873); pg. 42. [Chapter 12] "At noon the Parsee gave the signal of departure. The country soon presented a very savage aspect. Copses of dates and dwarf-palms succeeded the dense forests; then vast, dry plains, dotted with scanty shrubs, and sown with great blocks of syenite. All this portion of Bundelcund, which is little frequented by travellers, is inhabited by a fanatical population, hardened in the most horrible practices of the Hindoo faith. The English have not been able to secure complete dominion over this territory, which is subjected to the influence of rajahs, whom it is almost impossible to reach in their inaccessible mountain fastnesses. The travellers several times saw bands of ferocious Indians, who, when they perceived the elephant striding across-country, made angry arid threatening motions. The Parsee avoided them as much as possible. Few animals were observed on the route... "
Parsi India 1872 Verne, Jules. Around the World in Eighty Days. Translated by George M. Towle. New York: Bantam (1988; c. 1873); pg. 43. [Chapter 12] "The night was cold. The Parsee lit a fire in the bungalow with a few dry branches, and the warmth was very grateful, provisions purchased at Kholby sufficed for supper, and the travellers ate ravenously. The conversation, beginning with a few disconnected phrases, soon gave place to loud and steady snores. The guide watched Kiouni, who slept standing, bolstering himself against the trunk of a large tree. Nothing occurred during the night to disturb the slumberers, although occasional growls front panthers and chatterings of monkeys broke the silence; the more formidable beasts made no cries or hostile demonstration against the occupants of the bungalow. Sir Francis slept heavily, like an honest soldier overcome with fatigue. Passepartout was wrapped in uneasy dreams of the bouncing of the day before. As for Mr. Fogg, he slumbered as peacefully as if he had been in his serene mansion in Saville Row. "
Parsi India 1872 Verne, Jules. Around the World in Eighty Days. Translated by George M. Towle. New York: Bantam (1988; c. 1873); pg. 44. [Chapter 12] "I don't know, officer, " replied the Parsee, listening attentively to a confused murmur which came through the thick branches.

The murmur soon became more distinct; it now seemed like a distant concert of human voices accompanied by brass instruments. Passepartout was all eyes and ears. Mr. Fogg patiently waited without a word. The Parsee jumped to the ground, fastened the elephant to a tree, and plunged into the thicket. He soon returned, saying:

"A procession of Brahmins is coming this way. We must prevent their seeing us, if possible. "

The guide unloosed the elephant and led him into a thicket, at the same time asking the travellers not to stir. He held himself ready to bestride the animal at a moment's notice, should flight become necessary; but he evidently thought that the procession of the faithful would pass without perceiving them amid the thick foliage, in which they were wholly concealed. [Many other refs., not in DB.]

Parsi India 1872 Verne, Jules. Around the World in Eighty Days. Translated by George M. Towle. New York: Bantam (1988; c. 1873); pg. . [Chapter 13] "Officers, " replied the guide, "I am a Parsee, and this woman is a Parsee. Command me as you will. "

"Excellent! " said Mr. Fogg.

"However, " resumed the guide, "it is certain, not only that we shall risk our lives, but horrible tortures, if we are taken. "

"That is foreseen, " replied Mr. Fogg. "I think we must wait till night before acting. "

"I think so, " said the guide.

The worthy Indian then gave some account of the victim, who, he said, was a celebrated beauty of the Parsee race, & the daughter of a wealthy Bombay merchant. She had received a thoroughly English education in that city, and, from her manners and intelligence, would be thought an European. Her name was Aouda. Left an orphan, she was married against her will to the old rajah of Bundelcund; and, knowing the fate that awaited her, she escaped, was retaken, and devoted by the rajah's relatives, who had an interest in her death, to the sacrifice from which it seemed she could not escape.

Parsi India 2076 Heinlein, Robert A. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons (1966); pg. 257. "Think I prefer a place as openly racist as India, where if you aren't Hindu, you're nobody--except that Parsees look down on Hindus and vice versa. "
Parsi India: Aden 1872 Verne, Jules. Around the World in Eighty Days. Translated by George M. Towle. New York: Bantam (1988; c. 1873); pg. 30. "...went ashore to Aden... sauntered about among the mixed population of Somanlis, Banyans, Parsees, Jews, Arabs, and Europeans who comprised the twenty-five thousand inhabitants of Aden. "
Parsi India: Bombay 1872 Verne, Jules. Around the World in Eighty Days. Translated by George M. Towle. New York: Bantam (1988; c. 1873); pg. 34. "...crowds of people of many nationalities--Europeans, Persians with pointed caps, Banyas with round turbans, Sindes with square bonnets, Parsees with black mitres, and long robed Armenians--were collected. It happened to be the day of a Parsee festival. These descendants of the sect of Zoroaster--the most thrifty, civilized, intelligent and austere of the East Indians, among whom were counted the richest native merchants of Bombay--were celebrating a sort of religious carnival, with processions and shows, in the midst of which Indian dancing-girls, clothed in rose-coloured gauze, looped up with gold and silver, danced airily, but with perfect modesty, to the sound of viols and the clanging of tambourines. It is needless to say that Passepartout watched these curious ceremonies with staring eyes and gaping mouth, and that his countenance was that of the greenest booby imaginable. "
Parsi India: Bombay 1872 Verne, Jules. Around the World in Eighty Days. Translated by George M. Towle. New York: Bantam (1988; c. 1873); pg. 34. "Unhappily for his master, as well as himself, his curiosity drew him unconsciously father off than he intended to go. At last, having seen the Parsee carnival wind away in the distance, he was turning his steps toward the station, when he happened to espy the splendid pagoda on Malebar Hill... "
Parsi Pennterra 2233 Moffett, Judith. Pennterra. New York: Congdon & Weed, Inc. (1987); pg. 133. "I guess I'm licked, and I guess I was wrong all along to be so unyielding, but damn it all anyhow. For the first time in my life I can sympathize with all those hateful, heavy fathers cracking down on a son who had decided he was gay or a daughter in love with a black/Jew/Parsee/whatever. Unfortunately, being able to see the resemblance doesn't help me break free of it. "
Parsi Taiwan 2050 Stephenson, Neal. The Diamond Age. New York: Bantam (1995); pg. 7. "...a similar-looking gent--sort of Indian looking but sort of Arab too. 'The Parsis welcome you to Peacock Bank,' he said.

'What's a Parsi?' Bud said to the banker, who merely lowered his eyelids one click and jutted his goatee at the piece of paper, which had picked up on his question and already branched into an explanation. Bud ended up regretting having asked, because the answer turned out to be a great deal of general hoo-ha about these Parsis, who evidently wanted to make very sure no one mistook them for dotheads or Pakis or Arabs--not that they had any problem with those very fine ethnic groups, mind you. As hard as he tried not to pay attention, Bud absorbed more than he wanted to know about the Parsis, their oddball religion, their tendency to wander around, even their [expletive] cuisine, which looked weird but made his mouth water anyway. Then the brochure got back to the business at hand, which was lines of credit. "

Parsi Taiwan 2050 Stephenson, Neal. The Diamond Age. New York: Bantam (1995); pg. 8-9. "Bud thought about showing this Parsi the meaning of fatal right then and there, but as a bank, the guy probably had pretty good security. Besides, it was pretty standard policy, and Bud was actually kind of glad the guy'd given it to him straight. 'Okay, well, I'll get back to you,' he said. 'Mind if I keep the brochure?'

The Parsi waved him and the brochure away. Bud took to the streets again in search of cash on easier terms. " [Other refs. to Parsis in this book. Some may not be in DB, although we've tried to include all.]

Parthian Iran -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 "
Parthian 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...' "
Parthian United Kingdom: London 1500 C.E. Moorcock, Michael. Gloriana. New York: Warner Books (1986; c 1978); pg. 257. "'with the peoples of our East Indian provinces, the mountain states of Pathania and Afghania especially...' "
Parthian 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. 424. "...and returned the stare with all the sneering suavity of a Parthian ambassador. "
Pathans India 1848 Moore, William. Bayonets in the Sun. New York: St. Martin's Press (1978; first pub. 1974); pg. 38. "...Jean Baptiste Ventura... reorganised the infantry into a formidable army including Ghurkas, Pathans, Biharis and Ooriyas. "
Pathans world 2050 Stephenson, Neal. The Diamond Age. New York: Bantam (1995); pg. 447. "...strolled through encamptments of Ashantis, Kurds, Armenians, Navajos, Tibetans, Senderos, Mormons, Jesuits, Lapps, Pathans, Tutsis... "
Pawnee California: San Francisco 1872 Verne, Jules. Around the World in Eighty Days. Translated by George M. Towle. New York: Bantam (1988; c. 1873); pg. 106. [Chapter 25] As he was going out, he met Passepartout, who asked him if it would not be well, before taking the train, to purchase some dozens of Enfield rifles and Colt's revolvers. He had been listening to stories of attacks upon the trains by the Sioux and Pawnees. Mr. Fogg thought it a useless precaution, but told him to do as he thought best, and went on to the consulate.
Pawnee Colorado 1872 Verne, Jules. Around the World in Eighty Days. Translated by George M. Towle. New York: Bantam (1988; c. 1873); pg. 126. [Chapter 29] It was here that the Union Pacific Railroad was inaugurated on the 23rd of October, 1867, by the chief engineer, General Dodge. Two powerful locomotives, carrying nine cars of invited guests, amongst whom was Thomas C. Durant, vice-president of the road, stopped at this point; cheers were given, the Sioux and Pawnees performed an imitation Indian battle, fireworks were let off, and the first number of the Railway Pioneer was printed by a press brought on the train. Thus was celebrated the inauguration of this great railroad, a mighty instrument of progress and civilisation, thrown across the desert, and destined to link together cities and towns which do not yet exist. The whistle of the locomotive, more powerful than Amphion's lyre, was about to bid them rise from American soil.
Pawnee Colorado 1888 Doyle, Arthur Conan. "A Study in Scarlet " in A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four. New York: Berkley/Penguin Putnam (1994; c. 1888); pg. 71. IN THE central portion of the great North American Continent there lies an arid and repulsive desert, which for many a long year served as a barrier against the advance of civilization. From the Sierra Nevada to Nebraska, and from the Yellowstone River in the north to the Colorado upon the south, is a region of desolation and silence... There are no inhabitants of this land of despair. A band of Pawnees or of Blackfeet may occasionally traverse it in order to reach other hunting-grounds, but the hardiest of the braves are glad to lose sight of those awesome plains, and to find themselves once more upon their prairies.
Pawnee Colorado 1888 Doyle, Arthur Conan. "A Study in Scarlet " in A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four. New York: Berkley/Penguin Putnam (1994; c. 1888); pg. 77. At the sight there was a general reining up of horses and unslinging of guns, while fresh horsemen came galloping up to reinforce the vanguard. The word "Redskins " was on every lip.

"There can't be any number of Injuns here, " said the elderly man who appeared to be in command. "We have passed the Pawnees, and there are no other tribes until we cross the great mountains. "

Pawnee Illinois 1928 Bradbury, Ray. Dandelion Wine. New York: Bantam (1982; c. 1957); pg. 83. "'Pawnee Bill . . .' The colonel moved into darkness. 'Eighteen seventy-five . . . yes, me and Pawnee Bill on a little rise in the middle of the prairie, waiting. 'Shh!' says Pawnee Bill. 'Listen.' The prairie like a big stage... 'Shoot!' says Pawnee Bill. 'Shoot!' and I cock and aim. 'Shoot!' he says. " [More.]
Pawnee USA 1893 Lafferty, R. A. "Narrow Valley " in Modern Classics of Science Fiction. (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; story c. 1966); pg. 273. "In the year 1892, land allotments in severalty were made to the remaining eight hundred and twenty-one Pawnee Indians. Each would receive on hundred and sixty acres of land and no more, and thereafter the Pawnees would be expected to pay taxes on their land, the same as the White-Eyes did. " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
Pawnee USA 1966 Lafferty, R. A. "Narrow Valley " in Modern Classics of Science Fiction. (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; story c. 1966); pg. 280. "'...She thinks she's a short-horn cow named Sweet Virginia. I think I'm a Pawnee Indian named Clarence. Break it to us real gentle if we're not.'

'If you're an Indian where's your war bonnet?' There's not a feather on you anywhere.' "

Pawnee USA 1966 Lafferty, R. A. "Narrow Valley " in Modern Classics of Science Fiction. (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; story c. 1966); pg. 286. "'That my valley be always wide and flourish and such stuff, and green with money and grass!' Clarence Little-Saddle orated in Pawnee chant style, 'but that it be narrow if intruder come, smash them like bugs!' "
Pawnee USA 1992 Simmons, Dan. "Sleeping with Teeth Women " in Lovedeath. New York: Warner Books (1993); pg. 80. Pg. 80: "This pipe you are looking at is the Ptehincala Huhu Canunpa--the Buffalo Calf Bone Pipe. It has been in my family of the Itazipcho tribe of the Sioux nation for fifteen generations... these are bird skins and small scalps. I see your reaction. yes, perhaps these are the scalps of Wasicun children, but I suspect they are simply the scalps of Pawnee men. The Pawnee always had small heads because they had tiny brains. "; Pg. 122: "And there were the Pawnees and Poncas, whose land we were trying to steal in the days that Hoka Ushte knew. The Pawnees were ass-kissers and the asses they chose to kiss were Wasicun, even then... " [Also pg. 87, 89.]
Pawnee Washington, D.C. 1989 Laidlaw, Marc. "His Powder'd Wig, His Crown of Thornes " in Omni Visions One (Ellen Datlow, ed). Greensboro, NC: Omni Books (1993; story copyright 1989); pg. 154. "It was crowded by silent mobs... almost all of them Negro or Indian... Pawnee, Chickasaw, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Comanche . . . "
Peace Corps Africa 1975 Plauger, P. J. "Child of All Ages " in Immortals (Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois, eds.) New York: Ace Books (1998; c. 1975); pg. 97. "May was one of the First Peace Corps volunteers to go into central Africa. For two years she fought famine and malnutrition with every weapon, save money, that modern technology could bring to bear. In the end it was a losing battle, because politics and tribal hatred dictated that thousands upon thousands must die the slow death of starvation. "
Peace Corps USA 1967 Sawyer, Robert J. Illegal Alien. New York: Ace Books (1997); pg. 34. "...something to Frank, who in his early twenties had spent a year in the Peace Corps... "
Peace Corps USA 1993 Brust, Steven. Agyar. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 44. -
Peace Corps USA 1996 Bova, Ben. "The Great Moon Hoax or A Princess of Mars " in Twice Seven. New York: Avon Books (1998; c. 1996); pg. 73. -
Peace Corps Utah 1991 Young, Margaret Blair. "Outsiders " in Bright Angels & Familiars. (Eugene England, ed.) Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1992; story c. 1991); pg. 295. "My friend Junie and I were Utah Mormons. We knew no blacks till we were teenagers. But the summer I was sixteen and she eighteen, the Peace Corps hired Dad to train volunteers, and Junie and I were initiated into a larger world.

The PCVs, as we called the trainees, would go to Brazil--provided they got through Dad's program at Alta, Utah. They would have to show basic emotional stability and some mastery of Portuguese--or an aptitude to learn it--before the government would pay their ticket to Rio... " [Many other refs. to Peace Corps, not in DB.]

Peace Corps Utah 2005 Bell, M. Shayne. "The Shining Dream Road Out " in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993); pg. 76-77. Pg. 77: "'And I turned the knob and changed the program and I was Clayton, the Peace Corps volunteer of the future... 'Yes, sir. I'd be glad to go to Ethiopia and show them how to dig ditches... but I was mixing up on my programs, the mission program and the Peace Corps program... "; Pg. 84: "I thought about that and decided to tell them about the Peace Corps later that night around the campfire... "
Peace Corps world 1989 Simmons, Dan. Phases of Gravity. New York: Bantam (1989); pg. 85. -
Peace Corps world 1996 Bear, Greg. The Forge of God. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 267. "'I've lived here all my life, with a few years at school and traveling. Europe. Africa. Peace Corps...' "
Peace Corps world 1999 Banks, Iain. The Business. New York: Simon & Schuster (1999); pg. 391. -
Peace Corps world 2025 Heinlein, Robert A. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons (1966); pg. 15. "Maternal grandmother claimed she came up [to Luna] in bride ship--but I've seen records; she was a Peace Corps enrollee (involuntary), which means what you think: juvenile delinquency female type. "
Pentecostal Alabama 1988 Simmons, Dan. "Vanni Fucci Is Alive and Well and Living in Hell " in Prayers to Broken Stones. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1988); pg. 72. "'I'm sorry,' said Brother Freddy. 'I guess I've mixed up the introductions. I also guess you're not my dear friend, Dale Evans.' Brother Freddy paused and looked into the stranger's brown eyes, surprised at the anger and intensity he saw there, praying that this was only a scheduling mix-up and not some political terrorist or Pentecostal crazy who had gotten past Security. "
Pentecostal California 1963 Dick, Philip K. Radio Free Albemuth. New York: Arbor House (1985); pg. 41. "'...In the book of Acts in the Bible, other races recognized what the apostles were saying, in their own tongues, at Pentecost, when the Spirit first descended on them. Glossolalia isn't nonsense; it's foreign tongues you never knew. The Spirit brings them to your heads so you can preach the gospel to every nation. It's generally misunderstood. I thought it was gibberish until I researched it.' " [More.]
Pentecostal California 1975 Dick, Philip K. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer. New York: Timescape Books (1982); pg. 23. "Speaking in tongues did not impress him. He had seen a lot of it in his years in the Episcopal Church and it struck him as autosuggestion and dementia. Further, a scrupulous reading of Acts disclosed that at Pentecost when the Holy Ghost descended on the disciples, given them 'the gift of speech,' and had spoken in foreign languages which people nearby had understood. This is not glossolalia as the term is now used; this is xenoglossy. The bishop, as we ate, chortled over Peter's deft response to the charge that the Eleven were drunk; Peter had said in aloud voice to the scoffing crowd that it was not likely that the Eleven were drunk inasmuch as it was only nine A.M. The bishop pondered out loud--between spoonfuls of minestrone soup--that the course of Western history might have been changed if the time had been nine P.M. instead of nine A.M. "
Pentecostal California 1989 Willis, Connie. "At the Rialto " in Impossible Things. New York: Bantam (1994; story copyright 1989); pg. 456. "...and Thibodeaux, who stopped me in the lobby and showed me a postcard of Aimee Semple McPherson's tomb... "
Pentecostal California: Hollywood 1955 Bradbury, Ray. A Graveyard for Lunatics. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1990); pg. 51. [An actor talks about his time portraying Christ.] "'I came to this studio in 1927 when they made Jesus the King.... I had a great ten-year Messiah run, until... Women felt it was blasphemy if they so much as breathed my air. Touching was terrible. Kissing a mortal sin. The act itself? Might as well leap in the burning pit with an eternity of slime up to your ears. Catholics, no. Holy Rollers [Pentecostals] were the worst...' "
Pentecostal California: Hollywood 1955 Bradbury, Ray. A Graveyard for Lunatics. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1990); pg. 112. "'Tried everything. Went to the Reverend Violet Greener on Crenshaw Boulevard. The Agabeg Temple?'

'I been there!'

'Great showmen, eh? Seances, tambourines. Never took. Been to Norvell. He still around?'

'Sure! With his big blinky cow eyes and his pretty boyfriends begging cash in tambourines?'

'You sound like me! Astrology? Numerology? Holy Rollers? That's fun.'

'Been to Holy Rollers, also.'

'Like their mud wrestling, talking in tongues?'

'Yeah! but how about the Negro Baptist Church...' " ['Holy Rollers' here refers to Pentecostals.]

Pentecostal California: Hollywood 1955 Bradbury, Ray. A Graveyard for Lunatics. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1990); pg. 112. "'...How about Aimee Semple McPherson!?'

'High school friends dared me to run up on stage to be 'saved.' I ran and knelt. She slapped her hand on my head. Lord, save the sinner, she cried. Glory, Hallelujah! I staggered down and fell into my friends' arms!'

'Hell,' said J. C. 'Aimee saved me twice! Then they buried her. Summer of '44? In that big bronze coffin? Took sixteen horses and a bulldozer to lug it up that graveyard hill. Boy, Aimee grew fake wings, natural-like. I still visit her temple for old nostalgia's sake. God, I miss her. She touched me like Jesus, in Pentecostal trimmings. What a lark!' "

Pentecostal California: Hollywood 1955 Bradbury, Ray. A Graveyard for Lunatics. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1990); pg. 142. "Fritz Long came leaping over in great strides. 'God damn! We're all set for your scenes. That drunken Baptist Unitarian has disappeared. You know where the son-of-a-bitch hides?'

'You called Aimee Semple McPherson's?'

'She's dead!'

'Or the Holy Rollers [Pentecostals]. Or the Manly P. Hall Universalists. Or--' "

Pentecostal France 1916 Anthony, Patricia. Flanders. New York: Ace Books (1998); pg. 87. "'Sir?' Why do you take O'Shaughnessy's word for everything? Okay, he's a reverend and all, but that's not to say he don't lie. Why, we had us a Holy Roller preacher down to Fredricksberg who [screwed] all his church ladies. When he come, he'd even go to yelling in tongues, 'Ollie ollie ollie,' like they do...' "
Pentecostal galaxy 2374 de Lancie, John & Peter David. I, Q (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 44. Pg. 43-44: "After an instant of seeing 'nirvana', these idiots (and I now use the word advisedly) spent the rest of the evening on a street corner blabbering some nonsense that was interpreted by the passersby as 'speaking in tongues.' Medics were summoned but were at a complete loss to explain why four previously healthy humans were suddenly reduced to singing over and over again: "
Pentecostal Georgia, USA 2005 Gibson, William. Virtual Light. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 180. "One night they were listening to a country station out of Georgia and 'Me And Jesus'll whup Your Heathen Ass' came on, this hardshell Pentecostal Metal thing about abortion and ayatollahs and all the rest of it. Claudia hadn't ever heard that oe before and she about wet her pants, laughing. She just couldn't believe that song. "
Pentecostal Georgia: Atlanta 2047 Bishop, Michael. Catacomb Years. New York: Berkley (1979); pg. 209. "Ortho-Urbanism itself combined the ritual, the contemporary scholasticism, and the hierarchical designations of the Roman Church with a good many of the holy-roller appurtenances of pre-Evacuation primitivism. In the midst of elaborate holiday masses, for instances, you would hear members of the congregation, when irresistibly moved by the Holy Spirit, talking in tongues or crying 'Amen!' or 'Tell it, Preacher!' Moreover, post-ceremony 'witnessing' was as popular, and as obligatory, as the orpianoogla-accompanied Te Deum during the celebration of communion. No one found these supposedly contradictory approaches to worship incompatible or jarring, and, a regular churchgoer, Saganella Lesser delighted in each one of them. "
Pentecostal God-Does-Battle 3562 Bear, Greg. Strength of Stones. New York: Warner Books (1991 revised ed.; copyright 1981, 1988); pg. 181. "Another city--Eulalia, which at one time had been occupied by Pentecostals--appeared in the record. "
Pentecostal Iowa 2030 Disch, Thomas M. On Wings of Song. New York: St. Martin's Press (1978); pg. 114. "She took out a plastic packet of cards... There was a Social Security card... a card declaring her to be a tithing member of the Holy Blood Pentecostal Mission Church (with a laminated photo)... "
Pentecostal Kansas 1900 Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 188. "'...there have been several efforts to deliver us from the hands of primitve, irratioal religion... Another attempt was made by Jesus--that one was hijacked by viral influences within fifty days after his death. The virus was suppressed by the Catholic Church, but we're in the middle of a big epidemic that started in Kansas in 1900 and has been gathering momentum ever since.' "
Pentecostal Kenya -1998021 B.C.E. Bishop, Michael. No Enemy But Time. New York: Timescape (1982); pg. 133. "The Minids gaped at me. They seemed to regard my rare verbal outbursts as staunch Anglicans might view the babblings of a Pentecostal ecstatic. That is, as unseemly lapses. "
Pentecostal Mars 2094 Sladek, John. Tik-Tok. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. (1985; 1st printed 1983); pg. 85. "Every other house seemed to be some kind of tabernacle. The television channels were clogged with ranters, chanters, rollers, healers. A Bible was probably being thumped, somewhere on Mars, every two seconds. "
Pentecostal Massachusetts: Nantucket -1250 B.C.E. Sterling, S. M. Island in the Sea of Time. New York: Penguin (1998); pg. 150. Pg. 150: "'We're marvels,' Arnstein said, relieved. 'But they live in a world of marvels, magic, ghosts, demons, gods who talk to men in dreams or father children on mortals--they don't just tell folk tales, they believe them, more so than any Holy Roller back home...' "; Pg. 586: "The steady sleet of bolts shook the easterners' charge, but it couldn't stop it. Alston could see the set contorted faces of the clansmen, a glare of exaltation like the homicidal equivalent of a Holy Roller's trance. "
Pentecostal New York 1967 Chayefsky, Paddy. Altered States. New York: Harper & Row (1978); pg. 14. "'I was a very religious kid,' he mumbled into the sheets... 'When I was nine, I saw visions, angels and saints, even Christ. He appeared to me in wonderful manners; I saw him with the eyes of faith, hanging on the cross, his vesture dipped in blood. I spoke in voices. There was this little Pentecostal church in south Yonkers that made a cult object of me. People came from all over to see this nine-year-old kid who saw visions of Christ.' "
Pentecostal New York 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 170. "It was a possibility, anyway.

Still, when I'd been a kid in Scarborough, we'd shared a back fence with a woman named Mrs. Lansbury. She was very religious--a 'Holy Roller,' my dad would say--and was always trying to persuade my parents to let her take me to church on Sundays. I never went, of course, but I do remember her favorite expression: the Lord works in mysterious ways. "

Pentecostal North America 2000 Knight, Damon. Rule Golden in Three Novels. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (c. 1954); pg. 58. "Members of the Apostolic Overcoming Holy Church of God, the Pentecostal Fire Baptized Holiness Church and numerous other groups gave away most or all of their worldly possessions. "
Pentecostal Ohio 1999 Willis, Connie. "Epiphany " in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 259. "And were they right? Had he really had a vision or was it some kind of midlife crisis? Or psychotic episode?

He was a Presbyterian, not a Pentecostal. He did not have visions. The only time he had experienced... "

Pentecostal Oklahoma 1943 Bishop, Michael. Brittle Innings. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 60. "'Why the hell don't he talk?' Musselwhite said.

'Maybe he's taken a vow of silence,' Vito Mariani said.

'You figure him for another damned Papist?' Musselwhite said. 'Uh-uh. He's got Primitive Pentecostal writ all over him.' "

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