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/
Platonism world 2040 Clarke, Arthur C. Childhood's End. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1981; c. 1953); pg. 156. "Plato would have approved of him as an example of the philosopher-statesman, though Sen did not altogether approve of Plato, whom he suspected of grossly misrepresenting Socrates. "
Platonism world 2071 Delany, Samuel R. Babel-17. Boston: Gregg Press (1976; first ed. 1966); pg. 82. "In Plato's time things were names for ideas--what better description of the Platonic Ideal? But were words names for things, or was that just a bit of semantic confusion? Words were symbols for whole categories of things, where a name was put to a single object... "
Platonism world 2103 Heinlein, Robert A. Starship Troopers. New York: Ace Books (1987; 1st ed. 1959); pg. 143-144. "'Historic examples ranged from absolute monarch to utter anarch; mankind has tried thousands of ways and many more have been proposed, some weird in the extreme such as the antlike communism urged by Plato under the misleading title The Republic. But the intent has always been moralistic: to provide stable and benevolent government.' "
polygamy Arizona 2000 Gates, John. Brigham's Day. New York: Walter & Co. (2000); pg. 162. "About a twenty-minute drive from Kanab, across the state line, lies the Arizona Strip, a stretch of dry, purplish scrubland that neither God nor government will touch, or has ever touched. It is a white man's reservation of sorts, a place of polygamy and persecution, a place that has withered into its own past.

At one edge of this strip sits a town once called Short Creek, a ramshackle polygamist community made of tin and tar paper and cinder blocks. In the early 1950s, during a lunar eclipse, dozens of federal deputies swept down on the town, dragging the wives screaming into the roads, while the children--all of them-were thrown into crs and vans and driven away into the darkness. " [Some more refs., not in DB.]

polygamy Australia 1987 Bryant, Edward. "Down in the Dreamtime " in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 286. "'Nurunderi is up there, said Warreen, pointing at the sky, 'along with his two young wives, placed there by Nepelle, the ruler of the heavens, after the women ate the forbidden food.' "
polygamy Australia 1996 Bear, Greg. The Forge of God. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 118. "AAP/UK Net, October 8, 1996; Woomera, Local Church of New Australia:

The Reverend Brian Caldecott... Caldecott's crusade suffered a public relations setback last year when it was discovered he was married to three women. The Church of New Australia promptly declared bigamy to be a religious principle, stirring a legal stew as yet unsettled. "

polygamy China 1120 C.E. Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 117. "In the first legend 'the inner chamber' of the Chinese imperial palace are said to have seen the birth of cards. The 'veiled ones' secluded therein were numerous, since the Emperor had not so much a wife as a bedroom staff, for which the recognized establishment for some two thousand years was: Empress 1, Consorts 3, Spouses 9, Beauties or Concubines 27, and Attendant Nymphs or Assistant Concubines 81. The numbers 3 and 9 were held in particular regard by astrologers.

The 'mistresses of the bed' kept regular night watches, the 81 Attendant Nymphs sharing the imperial couch for 9 nights in groups of 9, the 27 Beauties 3 nights in groups of 9, the 9 Spouses and 3 Consorts 1 night per group, and the Empress 1 night alone.

The arrangement lasted from, roughly, the early years of the Chou dynasty (255-112 B.C.) to the beginning of the Sung dynasty (A.D. 950-1279) when the old order broke down... " [More, pg. 118.]

polygamy France 1977 Merle, Robert. Malevil. New York: Simon and Schuster (1973; original French ed. pub. 1972); pg. 225. "That was what they wanted. Let us respect the laws of marriage. No adultery, even between consenting parties. The old conventional morality was still alive and well and living in Malevil. Though I still held the opinion myself that this respectable social system of their was absolutly doomed to break down in a community of six men who had just been issued, as it were, a single woman. But what can you do if you're in a minority of one? The position of the others seemed to me to be not only dogmatic but senseless: to rmain celibate to the end of one's days rather than settle for a woman who was not exclusively one's own. Though it's true that they were all probably hoping to be the one who was chosen. " [Some other refs., not in DB, to the possibility of polygamy, in this novel about a community after a nuclear war which has killed most people.]
polygamy France 1977 Merle, Robert. Malevil. New York: Simon and Schuster (1973; original French ed. pub. 1972); pg. 455. "'...Do you remember our discusison the evening you brought Miette back? One husband or several? I argued against you and defended monogamy. You were outvoted. And very cut up about it at the time'

He gave a half smile, then went on. 'Well, as I say, my point of view has changed. I think you were right after all. No one can claim exclusive rights to a woman, not when there are only two women to six men.'

I stared in amazement at his austere profile. I had assumed he was still as staunch a champion as ever of the monogamic cause, and here he was feeding me back my own opinion. "

polygamy France 1977 Merle, Robert. Malevil. New York: Simon and Schuster (1973; original French ed. pub. 1972); pg. 250-251. "'Miette,' I said, 'show Fulbert up to his room. And change the sheets for him.'

Fulbert ceremoniously bade us his good nights, naming us all by our names, one by one, in his beautiful baritone voice. Then he followed Miette as she had led the way briskly toward the door of the great hall. Probably the one most mortified to watch her disappearing like that was little Colin, whose turn it was to be Miette's guest that evening* and who would not have to forgo that pleasure for want of available premises. He followed her with his eyes, slightly jealous of Fulbert into the bargain. "

[Footnote:] "* It will be noticed how Emmanuel here acquaints the reader, though only by implication and as if it were in passing, with Miette's polyandrous activities. "

polygamy galaxy 1986 Hubbard, L. Ron. Mission Earth Vol. 6: Death Quest. Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (1986); pg. 9. [Key to book]

"Utanc -- A belly-dancer that Gris bought to be his concubine slave. "

polygamy galaxy 2049 Blish, James. A Case of Conscience. New York: Ballantine (1979; c. 1958); pg. 71-72. "'Bear in mind that a Muslim who visited Lithia would find not such thing; though he would find a form of polygamy here, its purposes and methods would revolt him...' "
polygamy galaxy 2376 DeCandido, Keith R. A. Demons of Air and Darkness (Star Trek: DS9 / Gateways: Book 4 of 7). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 161. "Ezri thought a moment, then decided to go for broke. 'I take it there are three people on Andor waiting for you to come home to take part in the shelthreth?'Shar whirled around, his antennae raised. In a quiet, stunned voice, he asked, 'You know about that?'

'I've been around for three centuries, Shar--I've known a few Andorians in my time.'

Nodding, Shar said, 'Yes, of course you have.'

'And I know how important the shelthreth is.' " [As mentioned elsewhere in the novel, Andorian marriages involve more than two people.]

polygamy galaxy 2425 Kato, Ken. Yamato: A Rage in Heaven. New York: Time Warner (1990); pg. 372. "Bowen had begotten three women with child at least, and in three separate systems. He had sworn to each that she was his only wife, though none were that in any Christian sense, as Nowell, the Southern Methodist lay preacher, had scolded him. "
polygamy galaxy 2500 Matthews, Susan R. Colony Fleet. New York: Eos/HarperCollins (2000); pg. 114. "'What do you mean, you don't have First Sex?' Hillbrane demanded, astonished and outraged and half-convinced that Cago was feeding her a line. 'How do you learn how to do it?'...

'You learn with the person you've decided on. You learn with your partner. It's a collective effort. Or at least there's another word we use when it's not.'

What was he talking about? One person? Decided on? 'This makes no sense, Cago. Since when is there some kind of a connection between life partners and sex partners? Everybody knows that doesn't work. What if my mother had been stuck with nobody but my father to have sex with? Can you imagine? What a bore.'

...This insistence of his that happiness and a monogamous sex life were not self-contradictory confused her. People simply didn't thrive on the same food every day, day in, day out... It was unnatural. " [Many other refs., not in DB.]

polygamy galaxy 2800 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 34-35. "'...They've [the revs] all got eight kids a family.'

'How about five per sister, with five or six sisters per patriarch?' asked Trystin.

'Wouldn't mind being a patriarch.'

'You want the odds on that? Only the ones that survive their missions get to be patriarchs. And I don't care much for their missions.' "

polygamy galaxy 3500 Dietz, William C. Where the Ships Die. New York: Berkley (1996); pg. 142. "'The Traa marry in threes, you know, kinda kinky if you ask me, but that's how they do it. Anyway, La-So and a couple of females came dirtside on a business trip...'

Sandro nodded. 'Well, strange as it seems, the bug that killed La-So's wives didn't bother us humans...' " [Many other refs., not in DB, e.g., pg. 11-12.]

polygamy Haiti 1986 Miller, John J. "Beasts of Burden " in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 49. "'...We in Haiti are more permissive about certain things than you Americans. Marcel liked girls. There is nothing wrong with that. Many men have several women. It is all right as long as they can support them and their children...' "
polygamy Idaho 1995 Chalker, Jack L. The Cybernetic Walrus (Book One of The Wonderland Gambit). New York: Ballantine (1995); pg. 204. -
polygamy India 1977 Merle, Robert. Malevil. New York: Simon and Schuster (1973; original French ed. pub. 1972); pg. 223-224. "'It's not a question of morality. It's a matter of adapting ourselves to our situation. In India, for example, Thomas, you find a caste where five brothers will all get together to marry a single wife. The brothers and the wife make a permanent family, and they bring up their children without even wondering whose they are. The reason they live like that is because it would be quite impossible for each of them to have a wife of his own. They just don't have the resources. So it's their poverty that forces them into that kind of organization. And it seems to me that we're being forced into it simply by necessity. Because Miette is the only woman here capable of producing children.'...

'I woudln't like that,' Peyssou said.

'What do you mean 'that'?'

'That system of yours, out in India.'

'But it's not a question of liking, it's a matter of necessity.'

'All the same,' Peyssou said, 'sharing a woman with a lot of other men, no. I say no.' "

polygamy Ireland -55 B.C.E. Hogan, James P. Entoverse. New York: Ballantine (1991); pg. 82. "'...Fifty-five B.C., yes?'

'Right. Their race was unique, descended from a mixture of Celts and a pre-Celtic stock from the eastern Mediterranean... It wasn't at all the kind of repressive thing that people were conditioned to think of later, you know. It was a very earthy, zestful, life-loving culture.'

'In what kind of way?' Hunt asked.

'The way women were treated, for a start. They were completely equal, with full rights of property--unusual in itself, for the times. Sex was a [sic] considered a health and enjoyable part of life... Nobody connected it with sinning... They had an easygoing attitude to all personal relations. Polygamy was fairly normal. And then, so was polyandry. So you could have a string of wives, but each of them might have several husbands. But if a particular match didn't work out, it was easy to dissolve. You went to a holy place, stood back-to-back, said the right words, and walked ten paces...'

'It all sounds very civilized to me' "

polygamy Kenya 1986 Bishop, Michael. No Enemy But Time. New York: Timescape (1982); pg. 16. "'During the war, the second one, I walked to Bravanumbi from Makoleni, my home village, and enlisted for service against the evil minions of Hitler in North Africa... When I returned to Makoleni, three of my wives had divorced me by returning to their families. I was Wanderobo; they were Kikembu. Although Helen was also Kikembu, she had waited.' "
polygamy Kharemough 3500 Vinge, Joan D. The Snow Queen. New York: Dial Press (1980); pg. 188. [Year guessed at.] "'H-how many wives do you have?' hating herself for asking it.

'How many?' He looked indignant. 'None. On Kharemough we believe in one at a time. One is enough for a lifetime . . . if she's d' right one.' " [Kharemough perhaps has an unjustified reputation for polygamy among people not familiar with their world and culture.]

polygamy Luna 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. As she was in early clan marriage (Stone Gang) and shared six husbands with another woman, identity of maternal grandfather open to question. But was often so and I'm content with grandpappy she picked. Other grandmother was Tatar, born near Samarkand... "; Pg. 166: "'...Here we are, two milion males, less than one million females...' "; Pg. 205: "One female... had a long list she wanted made permanent laws--about private matters. No plural marriage of any sort. No divorces... " [Plural marriage/polygamy/polyandry is a central theme of this novel, which deals with culture on the moon, which is primarily a penal colony, and where men far out-number women. Most marriage relationships are polygamous.]
polygamy Maryland 2026 Wilson, Robert Charles. The Chronoliths. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 67. "'She's a poet... Anyway, she sees other people too. We're non-monogamous. Polyamorous. Mostly we're barely even together.' "
polygamy Massachusetts 1998 Sterling, S. M. Island in the Sea of Time. New York: Penguin (1998); pg. 604. "The full-grown warriors might not want to give up their sky-clan godlets, but he'd bet others in their tribes would--the women, to start with. Nantucket-style Christianity had a lot more to offer them than their own people's faiths; and while they might not convert their husbands, they'd certainly have a lot of influence on their sons. He hid his smile. These people weren't sophisticated enough to see through that sort of gambit--hell, he hadn't been either. Martha an Father . . . Prelate Gomez had come up with it between them. "
polygamy Massachusetts: Nantucket -1250 B.C.E. Sterling, S. M. Island in the Sea of Time. New York: Penguin (1998); pg. 122. "'Did you see cattle, wagons, children?' he asked.

'None, my chief.' Ohotalarix hesitated. 'It seemed as if it all were one warband and its wives or concubines. Perhaps they hold them in common, for there were far fewer than the men . . . I think...' "

polygamy Massachusetts: Nantucket 1998 Sterling, S. M. Island in the Sea of Time. New York: Penguin (1998); pg. 418. "The Fiernan Bohulugi had plenty of taboos... But evidently they had different taboos... The memory of the day they'd spent going over the concept of monogamy wasn't pleasant; the Fiernan language didn't even have a word for it. "
polygamy Metzada 2150 Rosenberg, Joel. Hero. New York: Penguin Books (1990) [Family tree of a Jewish family important in novel.] "Ezer Hanavi, His Wives, and Children " Listed: Yael (nee Bar-El), Ezer Hanavi, Hannah (nee (Levy), and their children: Kiyoshi, Shlomo, Tetsuko (nee Marcus) Tetsuo, Rachel (nee Golani), Benyamin, Ari.
polygamy Minnesota 1860 Erdrich, Louise. The Antelope Wife. New York: HarperCollins (1998); pg. 35. "Hauling knives, guns, kettles, dressed inn skins and velvet, he showed up in the raw territory of the wolf and married six Ojibwa women of whom the oldest, who was sixteen years older than he was, took care of him best and stayed with him the longest. "
polygamy New Jersey 1986 Hubbard, L. Ron. Mission Earth Vol. 6: Death Quest. Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (1986) [Book jacket] "DEATH QUEST sweeps violently through the otherwise quiet hills of Virginia to the open sea with a deadly pursuit that climaxes explosively in the waterways of Atlantic City.

Meanwhile, a bigamous marriage, a bubble gum-chewing teeny-bopper and a pig farm may sabotage every scheme in this sixth action-filled volume of L. Ron Hubbard's best-selling epic MISSION EARTH. "

polygamy New Jersey 1986 Hubbard, L. Ron. Mission Earth Vol. 6: Death Quest. Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (1986); pg. 239. "'You've been planning to light out the moment you had your hands on that dough. Oh, yes you did. But dough, my dear husband, won't do you a (bleeped) bit of good.'

She leaned forward and her eyes were cold. 'You see, you son of a (bleepch), you have just committed the crime of BIGAMY!'

The room started to spin. Dancing before my eyes was the news story I had just seen, 'Whiz Kid Bigamist.' THAT was what had been nagging at me!

'If either wife,' said the ex-Miss Pinch, Mrs. Bey, 'cares to prefer charges, you can be sent to prison for the rest of your life. Extradition amongst the states is automatic. You can be run down anywhere you go, brought back and thrown in the tombs.' She flashed the marriage certificates from her purse. 'We have these... The legal system will bring you home and throw you in the pen. Either one of us will pretend the other did now know. So spend your dough, bigamist. You ain't goin' nowhere but right here.' " [More here, pg. 245, etc.]

polygamy New York: New York City 1987 Hubbard, L. Ron. Mission Earth Vol. 8: Disaster. Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (1987); pg. 9. "Pinch, Miss--Lesbian-sadist ex-Rockecenter employee who blackmailed Bris with a bigamous marriage and with trick photos of Gris with Teenie. " [Other refs., not in DB.]
polygamy Oregon 1995 Dick, Philip K. "What'll We Do with Ragland Park? " in I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1985; c. 1963); pg. 73. "One of Hada's wives, Thelma, had entered the living room of the demesne... "
polygamy South Africa 2061 Clarke, Arthur C. 2061: Odyssey Three. New York: Ballantine (1987); pg. 187. "...especially when Maggie M confessed that at one time she had been planning a novel about Shaka, from the viewpoint of one of the Zulu despot's thousand unfortunate wives. But the more she researched the project, the more repellent it became. 'By the time I abandoned Shaka,' she wryly admitted, 'I knew exactly what a modern German feels about Hitler.' "
polygamy Texas 2093 Kube-McDowell, Michael. The Quiet Pools. New York: Ace (1990); pg. 155. "William always spoke of 'your friend Jessie' and 'your friend Loi.' He refused to ratify the unconventional relationship by calling them Christopher's wives, as most older people would, or even his mates, the style book compromise. In part, that was simply moral stodginess. In part, it was a commentary on the trine. "
polygamy Thailand 2127 Card, Orson Scott. Shadow of the Hegemon. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 193. "If he remembered correctly, Suriyawong was of the royal family--though the last few polygynist kings of Siam had had so many children that it was hard to imagine that there were many Thais who were not royal to one degree or another. "
polygamy United Kingdom: London 1995 Ryman, Geoff. 253. New York: St. Martin's Press (1998); pg. 90. "Mrs Mary Al-Masud... A bigamist. A Kuwaiti businessman simply made Mary his second wife. They met at a Star Trek convention. He was dressed as Spock. She kept the ears as a souvenir. "
polygamy USA 1984 Heinlein, Robert A. Job: A Comedy of Justice. New York: Ballantine (1984); pg. 127. "Would I want to go back? Abigail was there--and, while polygamy was acceptable in the Old Testament, it was not accepted in the forty-six states. That had been settled once and for all when the Union Army's artillery had destroyed the temple... in Salt Lake City and the Army had supervised the breaking up and diaspora of those immoral 'families.'

Giving up Margrethe for Abigail would be far too high a price to pay to resume the position of power and importance I had until recently held. Yet I had enjoyed my work and the deep satisfaction over worthwhile accomplishment that went with it. We had achieved our best year sine the foundation was formed--I refer to the non-profit corporation Churches United for Decency.' "

polygamy USA 1991 Ing, Dean. The Nemesis Mission. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 114. "...and he still bitched when she came home five hours late, bleary-eyed from overwork. He would call her a 'bigamist' and ask when she'd actually married the company. "
polygamy USA 1998 Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin (1986); pg. 305. [Academic symposium in Nanavit, year 2195.] "The need for what I call birth services was already recognized in the pre-Gilead period, where it was being inadequately met by 'artificial insemination,' 'fertility clinics,' and the use of 'surrogate mothers,' who were hired for the purpose. Gilead outlawed the first two as irreligious but legitimized and enforced the third, which was considered to have Biblical precedents; they thus replaced the serial polygamy common in the pre-Gilead period with the older form of simultaneous polygamy practiced both in early Old Testament times and in the former state of Utah in the nineteenth century. "
polygamy USA 1998 Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin (1986); pg. 306. [Academic symposium in Nanavit, year 2195.] "...but we have access to some information through the diary kept in cipher by Wilfred Limpkin, one of the sociobiologists present. (As we know, the sociobiological theory of natural polygamy was used as a scientific justification for some of the odder practices of the regime, just as Darwinism was used by earlier ideologies.) "
polygamy USA 2000 Cooper, Bernard. "Hunters and Gatherers " in Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (Robert Drake & Terry Wolverton, eds). Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Pub. (2000; c. 1995); pg. 26. "'Well, take it from me, not all of us are polygamists...' "
polygamy USA 2051 Kress, Nancy. Beggars in Spain. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 110. "...piercing black eyes, even the necklace of sharpened wolf's teeth which had belonged to his great-great-great-grandfather, a mountain man who had married three Indian women... "
polygamy USA 2093 Kube-McDowell, Michael. The Quiet Pools. New York: Ace (1990); pg. 9. Pg. 9: "'Did you think that being the only male in this trine made you the center?' Loi retorted. "; Pg. 27: "'Sure,' Keith said. 'My moms were closer to each other than to either of my dads. Same thing happened with Brenda and Jo. As far as I can tell, if there's two women in the house, they either form the strongest bond in the family or they split the family apart scratching at each other. Mostly the former.'

'I don't have the benefit of our experience,' Christopher said. 'My only other trine was two men and a woman.' " [The main character, Chris, has two female partners. Polygamy is one of the main themes of this novel.]

polygamy Utah 1987 Spencer, Darrell. "I am Buzz Gaulter, Left-hander " in Bright Angels & Familiars. (Eugene England, ed.) Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1992; story c. 1987); pg. 139. "Polygamists were shooting each other in the head. Obeying a revelation from God, two crazies slit the throats of a twenty-four-year-old mother and her one-year-old daughter. "
polygamy Utah 1989 Bennion, John. "Dust " in Bright Angels & Familiars. (Eugene England, ed.) Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1992; story c. 1989); pg. 284. "Coriantumr, Utah: Five miles south of my cabin lives a community of apostates from the Mormon church, two hundred strong, who have returned to the practices of the nineteenth-century pioneers--living in polygamy with all things in common. In preparation for the last day, they have hoarded wheat, honey, and rifles. To satisfy present needs they have a Montessori school and a dairy... " [Other refs., not in DB.]
polygamy Utah 2002 Le Guin, Ursula K. The Lathe of Heaven. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1971); pg. 78. "Curious, in this life they hadn't had a trial marriage, he and Donna. There was no such thing, legally speaking, in the post-Plague years. There was full marriage only. In Utah, since the birth rate was still lower than the death rate, they were even trying to reinstitute polygamous marriage, for religious and patriotic reasons. But he and Donna hadn't had any kind of marriage this time, they had just lived together. But still it hadn't lasted. His attention returned to the food in the refrigerator. "
polygamy Utah: Salt Lake City 2025 Worthen, Lyn. "Rumors of My Death " in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993); pg. 258. "Steven and I consulted the Tele-Directory and found a number of Taylors--not quite as many as there had been Carters, but a sizable number nonetheless. Probably the result of years of polygamy. "
polygamy world -2000 B.C.E. Anthony, Piers. Faith of Tarot. New York: Berkley Books (10th printing 1986; 1st ed. 1980); pg. 118. "'Abraham was the father, according to the Bible, of Ishmael by his wife's maid Hagar. Abraham's wife Sarah was barren, so she gave him her Egyptian maid for the purpose of siring an heir. This was standard practice in those days, for to the nomads children were vitally important. The custom seems to derive from the Hurrians. Plural marriages were permitted, and no blame attaches to Abraham for this. He would have been remiss had he not taken steps to provide offspring, to continue the tribe.' "
polygamy world 1000 C.E. Yolen, Jane. White Jenna. New York: Tor (1990; c. 1989); pg. 1. "For years, the birth of a girl child in the Dales had been no cause of great rejoicing. After the first of the Garunian Wars, when the patriarchal tribes from the mainland had sailed across to slaughter the men and conquer the island country, there had been a surplus of women in the Dales. Forced into polygamous marriages or forced to expose excess girl babies on the hillsides, a woman's lot was not enviable. However, early on, a few of them had begun to reap the hillsides of the grim harvest, saving the infants an raising them in small, walled communities called Hames. "
polygamy world 1000 C.E. Yolen, Jane. White Jenna. New York: Tor (1990; c. 1989); pg. 163. "But of the Garunians after the conquest of the Dales we know little, and must make do with educated guesses. Doyle, sensibly, assumes they carried the group marriage concept, then so popular on the Continent, across the Bay of All Souls with them. Again, with eminent sensibleness, she hypothesizes that polygamy allowed the Garunian nobles to marry within the Garun hierarchy and the Dalian upper classes; a king might have wives from both without violating the strict Dale code of sexual ethics. "
polygamy world 1941 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: Tilting the Balance. New York: Del Rey (1995); pg. 151. "Maybe cops, too. Bigamy, adultery "
polygamy world 1984 Heinlein, Robert A. Job: A Comedy of Justice. New York: Ballantine (1984); pg. 112. "I tried to rationalize our relationship to her by pointing out that polygamy was not forbidden by Holy Writ but solely by modern law and custom--and she chopped me off briskly by saying that she had no interest in how many wives or concubines King Solomon had and did not regard him or any Old Testament character as a model for our own behavior. If I did not want to live with her, speak up! Say so!

I shut up. Some problems are best let be, not chewed over with words. This modern compulsion to 'talk it out' is a mistake at least as often as it is a solution.

But her disdain for Biblical authority concerning the legality of one man having two wives was so sharp that I asked he about it later--not about polygamy; I stayed away from that touchy subject... "

polygamy world 2150 Tuttle, Lisa. "Wives " in The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction: 24th Series (Edward L. Ferman, ed.) New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1982); pg. 89. [Year estimated] "When they came, they came together, all the wives of the settlement, coming to act in concert so none should bear the guilt alone. They did not hate Susie, nor did she hate them, but the deadly work had to be done.

Susie walked outside, into their midst. To make it easier for them--to act with them, in a sense--Susie offered not the slightest resistance. She presented the weakest parts of her body to their hands and teeth, that her death should come more quickly. And as she died, feeling her body pressed, pounded and torn by the other wives, Susie did not mind the pain. She felt herself a part of them all, and she died content.

After her death, one of the extra wives took on Susie's name and moved into her house. " [Entire story about future alternative gender roles, apparently involving polygamy.]

polygamy world 2300 Stapledon, Olaf. Last and First Men. Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc. (1988; first published 1930); pg. 70. [Year is estimated.] "When a man had won his wings, he was formally initiated into the mystery of sex and all its 'biologico-religious' significance. He was also allowed to take a 'domestic wife', and after a much more severe aviation test, any number of 'symbolical' wives. Similarly with the woman. These two kinds of partnership differed greatly. The 'domestic' husband' and wife appeared in public together, and their union was indissoluble. The 'symbolic' union, on the other hand, could be dissolved by either party. "
polygamy world 2345 Bear, Greg. "Scattershot " in The Wind from a Burning Woman. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House (1983; story copyright 1981); pg. 113. Pg. 113: "'These are my wives,' Frobish said. One was dark-haired and slender, no more than fifteen or sixteen. She stepped out first and looked at me warily. The second, stockier and flatter of face, was brown-haired and about twenty. Frobish pointed to the younger first. 'This is Alouette,' he said. 'And this is Mouse. Wives, acquaint with Francis Geneva.' They stood one on each side of Frobish, holding his elbows, and nodded at me in unison. "; pg. 123: "The Nemi had their Diana, Frobish had his wives, and Sonok had me. I had no one. " [Other refs. not DB.]
polygamy Zambia 2010 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 80. "Younger noticed her dilemma. 'Don't offer them anything. Gifts, money. A lot of people come here and try to give the shirt off their backs.'


'I guess. But you give one money, they all want it. They have no ambition, these fellows. They sit around with their beer and their four wives. They're happy, in their way.' "

Polynesian galaxy 2375 Golden, Christie. Ghost Dance (Star Trek: Voyager/Dark Matters #2). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 154. "Khala might enjoy the slightly run-down but cozy atmosphere of Sandrine's, or the laid-back milieu of Polynesian resort simulation three. "
Polynesian Hawaii 1994 Simmons, Dan. Fires of Eden. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1994); pg. 95. "Eleanor turned and saw a man about her height, perhaps a few years older, although his face had the unlined quality of people with Asian or Polynesian ancestry. "
Polynesian Hawaii 2128 Robinson, Kim Stanley. Blue Mars. New York: Bantam Books (1996); pg. 123. "The anarchist had a Nigerian father and a mother who was from Hawaii, and thus had a mixed ancestry of Filipino, Japanese, Polynesian and Portuguese. "
Polynesian Mars 2101 Robinson, Kim Stanley. Green Mars. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 256. "...and the next night might be playing bass steel drum or marimbas till dawn with twenty other kavajavaed Latin Americans and Polynesians... "
Polynesian Mars 2110 Robinson, Kim Stanley. Green Mars. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 292. "...Located next to one of their hidden dike tunnels was a small colony of Polynesians, living in a short lava tunnel, which they had floored with water and three islands. The dike was piled high with ice and snow on its southern flank, but the Polynesians, most of whom were from the island of Vanuatu, kept the interior of their refuge at homey temperatures, and Nirgal found the air so hot and humid that it was hard to breath, even when just sitting on a sand beach, between a black lake and a line of tilting palm trees. Clearly, he thought as he looked around, the Polynesians could be counted among those trying to build a culture incorporating some aspects of their archaic ancestors... seated between Jackie and a Polynesian beauty named Tanna, beamed blissfully as he sipped from a half cocounut shell filled with kava... " [Other refs. not in DB.]
Polynesian Mars 2128 Robinson, Kim Stanley. Blue Mars. New York: Bantam Books (1996); pg. 18. "...representatives of cultures or movements that felt most threatened by the metanat order, or the mass emigration from Earth: Bedouins, the Polynesians, the Dorsa Brevia locals... "
Polynesian New Jersey 1986 Hubbard, L. Ron. Mission Earth Vol. 6: Death Quest. Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (1986); pg. 337. Tahitians

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