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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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Polynesian New York: New York City 1987 Bryant, Edward. "The Second Coming of Buddy Holly " in Wild Cards V: Down and Dirty (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 202. "Holley turned the object over and over, examining it closely. 'Doesn't look American southwest--Polynesian? Australia, maybe?' "
Polynesian New York: New York City 2015 Westerfeld, Scott. Polymorph. New York: Penguin (1997); pg. 14. "The neck was thin and elegant. It was modeled on a young Polynesian transvestite who worked an after-hours club downtown. The boy was a hustler who had come home with her (or rather, him) in an ecstasy daze one night, no charge. "
Polynesian Oceania 1700 Brin, David. Earth. New York: Bantam (1990); pg. 282. "Hollywood images of Polynesian paradises ignored the boom-and-bust cycles of overpopulation that hit every archipelago with desparate regularity--cycles resolved by one means chiefly--the bloody culling of the adult male population. "
Polynesian Oceania 1984 Heinlein, Robert A. Job: A Comedy of Justice. New York: Ballantine (1984); pg. 2. "An extremely old kanaka interrupted; he and the translator exchanged words in a language no known to me--Polynesian, I assumed; it had the right liquid flow to it. The younger kanaka turned back to us. " [More, throughout first few chapters.]
Polynesian Oceania 1984 Heinlein, Robert A. Job: A Comedy of Justice. New York: Ballantine (1984); pg. 5. Pg. 5: "The translator said to me, 'You understand that the Polynesia Tourist Bureau takes no responsibility for your safety? That fire can burn you, it can kill you. These people can walk it safely because they have faith.'

I assured him that I had faith... ";

Pg. 8: "The villagers were waiting for their bus to return; we walked right through them. Or started to. I got kissed. I got kissed by all of them. I had already seen the Polynesian habit of kissing where we would just shake hands, but this was the first time it happened to me.

My friends explained it to me: 'You walked through their fire, so you are an honorary member of their village. They went to kill a pig for you. Hold a feast in your honor.' "

Polynesian Oceania 2015 Leiber, Fritz. The Wanderer. New York: Walker & Co. (1964); pg. 94. "New Zealanders and Polynesians ran out from their supper-tables and supper-mats to stare at the prodigy rising with the evening... "
Polynesian Oceania 2020 Heinlein, Robert A. Friday. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston (1982); pg. 53. "'...They [Tongans] are the most civilized people in all Polynesia...'

'Wealthy?'

'Not a requirement. Although things are usually smoother if financial affairs aren't too one-sided. Polynesian beach boy marries white heiress always has a stink to it.' "; Pg. 54: "Maori are Polynesians, so are Tongans--what's the ache? " [Some other refs. to Polynesians, not in DB.]

Polynesian Oceania 2038 Brin, David. Earth. New York: Bantam (1990); pg. 463. "On other Polynesian islands, the people lived lives much the same as ours. Their chiefs, too, were beings of great mana. Our cousins, too, believed the course of the warrior was just below that of the gods.

bu in other ways we differed. For when this canoes arrived from ancient Hiva, our forefather, Hotu Matu'a, knew at once whwere he had come. This is Te Pito o Te Henua--the island at the center of the world... "

Polynesian Oceania 2044 Sterling, Bruce. Distraction. New York: Bantam (1998); pg. 213. -
Polynesian Ontario 2002 Sawyer, Robert J. Hominids. New York: Tor (2002); pg. 128. "She then checked the corresponding bit of mitochondrial DNA in 1,600 modern humans: Native Canadians, Polynesians, Australians, Africans, Asians, and Europeans. Every one of those 1,600 people had at least 371 nucleotides out of those 379 the same; the maximum deviation was just eight nucleotides. "
Polynesian Polynesia 1870 Baxter, Stephen. Anti-ice. New York: HarperCollins (1993); pg. 25. "...and my teacup was a schooner in which I sailed in the wake of Cook into the dusky arms of South Pacific maidens. "
Polynesian Riverworld 1890 Farmer, Philip Jose. To Your Scattered Bodies Go. New York: Berkeley Medallion Books (1971); pg. 6. "One of the canoe's occupants spoke in a langauge with many vowels and a distinct and frequently recurring glottal stop. It sounded like Polynesian. "
Polynesian Riverworld 2008 Farmer, Philip Jose. To Your Scattered Bodies Go. New York: Berkeley Medallion Books (1971); pg. 113. "Behind them, on the plains and hills, were bamboo huts in the usual style of what Frigate called Neo-Polynesian, or, sometimes, Post-Mortem Riparian Architecture. "
Polynesian Solar System 3001 Clarke, Arthur C. 3001: The Final Odyssey. New York: Ballantine (1997); pg. 16. "...have combined key aspects of several races--Chinese, Polynesian, Nordic... "
Polynesian United Kingdom: London 2030 McAuley, Paul J. Fairyland. New York: Avon Books (1997; c 1995); pg. 39. "...she's Somali, part of a community that has established itself in East London over the past twenty years. There are even newer immigrant communities now: Nigerians, Tongans, Albanians, refugees from drowned Polynesia. "
Polynesian USA 1993 Turrow, Scott. Personal Injuries. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1999); pg. 109. "The woman was striking, African-American and something else, Polynesian perhaps. There was a trace of some high-cheeked ancestral beauty. "
Polynesian Utah: Salt Lake City 2035 Fogg, B. J. "Outside the Tabernacle " in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993); pg. 46. "...in retrospect Zo had to admit it was more than Claudine's intensity that fascinated him. It was her look. Zo couldn't place her. Ethnically speaking, that is. Was she black or Polynesian or Latin? Perhaps Southeast Asian? Zo couldn't tell. And he didn't really care either. "
Polynesian world 1500 C.E. Vance, Jack. "The Secret " in Immortals (Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois, eds.) New York: Ace Books (1998; c. 1966); pg. 163. [Entire story, pg. 163 to 173, appears to be set within traditional Polynesian culture, previous to European contact.]
Polynesian world 1985 Hubbard, L. Ron. Mission Earth Vol. 1: The Invaders Plan. Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (1985); pg. 169. -
Polynesian world 1993 Bova, Ben. "Conspiracy Theory " in Twice Seven. New York: Avon Books (1998; c. 1993); pg. 62. "'No,' said the professor, in a sad and heavy voice. 'Just the opposite. The shock would be too much for the Martians. We humans are driven by fear and greed and lust, my boy. We would have ground the Martians into the dust, just as we did with the Native Americans and the Polynesians.' "
Polynesian world 1996 Bear, Greg. The Forge of God. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 217. "Samshow was not completely mollified. Sand opened the door to a back bedroom. Kemp and two other men sat on chairs and on the bed's Polynesian print coverlet, beers and cocktails in hand. "
Polynesian world 2020 Griffith. Nicole. Slow River. New York: Ballantine (1995); pg. 130. "'So, what has Dad all hot under the collar?' Tok asks.

'Some emergency about patent law in the Polynesians,' she says. 'He thinks the government might disallow our proprietary rights on the Z. mobilis pyruvate decarboxylate gene.' "

Polynesian world 2020 Heinlein, Robert A. Friday. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston (1982); pg. 260. "Before your records wer destroyed, I once scratched my curiosity by listing the sources that went into creating you. As near as I can recall they are:

Finnish, Polynesian, Amerindian, Innuit, Danish, red Irish, Swazi, Korean, German, Hindu, English--and bits and pieces from elsewhere since none of the above are pure. "

Polynesian world 2034 Goonan, Kathleen Ann. The Bones of Time. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 26. "Few pure Polynesians left. Yet they were the ones who had traveled by star, for whom the earth, or sea, truly did stop, while the stars moved overhead in a time/space reversal that sprang not from reality but from their minds. In fact, she recalled that one of the old navigators had hastened to assure a professor doing research that the sailors knew they were moving, rather than all that was around them, but that they maintained this state of mind in order to navigate correctly. "
Polynesian world 2046 Bear, Greg. Eternity. New York: Warner Books (1988); pg. 33. "His body image at that time had been a six year old boy, Polynesian in appearance--Polynesians and Ethiopic blacks had been considered the most beautiful of the human races in Ram Kikura's youth... " [See also pg. 158, 242.]
Polynesian world 2071 Delany, Samuel R. Babel-17. Boston: Gregg Press (1976; first ed. 1966); pg. 138. "They were in a room with white operating tables. 'Can I help you?' asked a smiling, Polynesian cosmetisurgeon in a blue smock. 'Why don't you lie down here?' "
Polynesian world 2075 Kress, Nancy. Beggars in Spain. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 286. Pg. 286: "Leisha turned immediately to his wife, Ada, a slim Polynesian girl who smiled shyly. Ada still had trouble with English. "; Pg. 287: "His wife. She came from one of the South Pacific voluntary cultural preserves. Ada was slim and brown, with long lustrous black hair and a habit of ducking her head when anyone addressed her. She spoke no English. She was 15 years old.

Leisha had welcomed her, set about learning Samoan, and tried to hide the fact that she was hurt to the heart. " [More, pg. 286-287, etc, but no other refs. to her Ada's ethnicity by name.]

Polynesian world 2106 May, Julian. The Many Colored Land in The Many-Colored Land & The Golden Torc (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1981); pg. 58. "An ethnic assay of the travelers showed significant numbers of Anglo-Saons, Celts, Germans, Slavs, Latins, Native Americans, Arabs, Turks and other Central Asiatics, and Japanese. There were few African blacks but numbers of Afroamericans. Inuit and Polynesian peoples were attracted by the Pliocene world "
Polynesian world 2110 May, Julian. The Many Colored Land in The Many-Colored Land & The Golden Torc (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1981); pg. 101. "They had seen Gypsies and Cossacks and desert nomads and voortrekkers, Polynesians with feathered capes and warriors with crossbows, swords, and assegais; there had been Bavarian hikers in lederhosen... "
Polynesian world 2110 May, Julian. The Many Colored Land in The Many-Colored Land & The Golden Torc (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1981); pg. 139. "'Did any try to escape?'

'A few before I came. A Cossack named Prischchepa from my group. Three Polynesians yesterday. The bear-dogs even ate their feathered cloaks. Pity...' "

Polynesian world 2150 Pohl, Frederik. "Hatching the Phoenix " in The Year's Best Science Fiction, Vol. 17 (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (2000); pg. 232. "I visited my island.

Its name was Raiwea--that's Rah-ee-way-uh, with the accent on the third syllable, the way the Polynesians say it--and it's the only place in the universe I ever miss when I'm away from it. It's not very big... a couple thousand hectares of dry land... "

Polynesian world 2200 Arnason, Eleanor. A Woman of the Iron People. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1991); pg. 400. "'What?' said the third biologist he was huge and almost certainly Polynesian. "
Polynesian world 2236 Asimov, Isaac. Nemesis. New York: Doubleday (1989); pg. 234. "'But we have had such a situation, at least in analogy. In Earth's early history, human beings settled islands and were isolated from the mainstream. The Irish settled Iceland; the Polynesians settled Easter Island. Result? The colonists withered, sometimes disappeared entirely. Always stagnation. No civilization ever developed except in a continental area, or in islands in close proximity to a continental area. Humanity needs space, size, variety, a horizon, a frontier. You see?' "
Polynesian world 2458 Haldeman, Joe. The Forever War. New York: Avon Books (1997; first ed. 1975); pg. 183. "...and Earth was much mor racially homogenous than it had been in my century. Most of them looked vaguely Polynesian. Only two of them, Kayibanda and in, seemed pure representatives of racial types. "
Polynesian traditional religion Oceania 1984 Heinlein, Robert A. Job: A Comedy of Justice. New York: Ballantine (1984); pg. 2. "The native who was assisting our ship's excursion host raised his arms and spread his palms for silence. 'Please, will you all listen! Mauruuru roa. Thank you very much. The high priest and priestess will now pray the Gods to make the fire safe for the villagers. I ask you to remember that this is a religious ceremony, very ancient; please behave as you would in your own church. Because--'

An extremely old kanaka interrupted; he and the translator exchanged words in a language no known to me--Polynesian, I assumed; it had the right liquid flow to it. The younger kanaka turned back to us.

'The high priest tells me that some of the children are making their first walk through fire today, including that baby over there in her mother's arms...' " [More, throughout first chapter.]

polytheism Brazil: Nova Roma 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 11: "Magma ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Jan 1984); pg. 12. Senator Gallio, upon seeing Magma erupt from the ground: "By all the blessed gods! " [Other refs., not in DB.]
polytheism Brazil: Nova Roma 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 12: "Sunstroke ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Feb 1984); pg. 8. Amara: "You haven't heard the talk in the marketplace. I'm a freak, a monster, a demon changeling left in place of your true daughter by the Black Priestess-- " [She accidentally causes a small volcano to erupt.] "I'm sorry, I didn't mean it, I don't know what I did, it just happened, oh please gods have mercy-- forgive me! "
polytheism California: Gateway City 1997 Byrne, John. Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing (1997); pg. 77. "'...and you talk about gods that no one believes in, and tell people that these are real gods, and that you've met them... Would you be surprised if I told you even I don't believe that story?'

'You don't?' Diana said, genuinely surprised. 'Why not? Why would you think I would lie about such a thing?'

'I don't know. But I believe in my God, and I know in my heart that He is the one, true God, who created the Universe... So, sure, I don't like that you come and say 'Here are these other gods, and I know they are real because I have met them.' '

'You know that when Mike and I first me he came to Themyscira with me?' Diana wondered how much Michael Schorr had told his mother of the beginnings of their relationship. 'You know that he stood by me, helped me defend my homeland against an invasion.'

'Yes...'

'And he told you that the leader of the invasion was a being known as Darkseid. A god from a world called Apokolips?'

...'No. No, that he did not mention.' "

polytheism California: Gateway City 1997 Byrne, John. Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing (1997); pg. 78. "'There are many gods in the Universe, Mrs. Schorr. Virtually every inhabited planet has gods and goddesses, and they were all created, it seems, by an energy wave that was hurled out into the Universe by the destruction of an old world, the One World on which all the gods lived at the beginning of time.' "
polytheism California: Gateway City 1997 Byrne, John. Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing (1997); pg. 78. "'All the gods?' Esther swallowed. Her mouth was dry, her chest heavy. 'Diana, you know I can't believe such a thing. You know I can't believe that my God is just one god out of hundreds or thousands or millions.'

'No,' Diana said, lowering her eyes, feeling a weight press down upon her broad, strong shoulders. 'No, I see now that you cannot. And, perhaps, no one raised in this country, in this culture, truly can... I was raised to accept the concept of a plurality of gods,' Diana said. 'I was raised to believe in gods who were physical, who walked among us, talked with us. I have been to Olympus, seen them in their homes, seen them in their daily lives. I comprehend my gods, Esther, but I see now that the very core of so many faiths in this land is the incomprehensibility of their god.' " [Other refs., not in DB, e.g., pg. 140-143]

polytheism California: Los Angeles 1999 Koman, Victor. Jehovah Contract. New York: Franklin Watts (1984); pg. 71. "'...And unlike Judeo-Christianity or Marxism, the Old Religions had quite understandable deities. Gods and goddesses who didn't take a great a delight in slaughtering their creations. Even as scandalous a god as Zeus was outmatched by the murdering war god of the Old Testament or the nearly identical Allah or the manic-depressive masochist of the New Testament. The old ones didn't issue as man commandments and contradictory orders.' "
polytheism Cambodia 3001 Clarke, Arthur C. 3001: The Final Odyssey. New York: Ballantine (1997); pg. 140. "'But what really settles the argument, as far as I'm concerned, is the general consensus about the single greatest work of human art. Over and over again, in almost every listing--it's Angkor Wat. Yet the religion that inspired that has been extinct for centuries; no one even knows precisely what it was, except that it involved hundreds of gods, not merely one!' "
polytheism China 1940 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: In the Balance. New York: Ballantine (1994); pg. 281. "The feeble warmth the brazier gave made him long for his old home, where he slept on top of the low clay hearth and stayed snug even in the worst weather. He shrugged. The gods dealt the tiles in the game of life; a man's job was to arrange them into the best hand he could find. "
polytheism Coruscant 99998 Bear, Greg. Star Wars: Rogue Planet. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 25. "This raised his neck hair in a way no static discharge could explain. It was as if he faced the primitive gods of the garbage pit, the real masters of this place, yet to think this even for a moment went against all of his training. The Force is everywhere and demands nothing, neither obeisance nor awe. "
polytheism Darkover 3700 Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Heirs of Hammerfell. New York: DAW Books (1989); pg. 11. "'By the Dark Gods! It's Markos!'

...'Markos, old friend, speak to me! Ah, Gods, how did you come by such a wound?...'

...What of my son? What of my Alaric? Ah, Gods, I trusted him... " [Many other refs., not in DB.]

polytheism Darkover 3700 Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Heirs of Hammerfell. New York: DAW Books (1989); pg. 133. Pg. 133: "'I'll never be able to look as much in the mode as he does.'

'And you should thank the Gods for it,' Conn said forthrightly. "; Pg. 146: "'I am not superstitious,' said Floria. 'I think we should go on with the handfasting--I do not think the royal lady would grudge us that. Even if this should be her last act of kindness--'

'All Gods forbid,' said Erminie and Edric speaking almost together. "; Pg. 149: "'If this is what you feel you must do,' Conn said, 'all Gods forbid I should prevent you...' "

polytheism Darkover 4000 Bradley, Marion Zimmer. Hawkmistress! in The Ages of Chaos. New York: Daw Books (2002; c. 1982); pg. 690. Pg. 690: "And there . . . ah, Gods, another circle of blackness, not the scar of forest-fire, but where Rakhal's men have rained clingfire from the sky from their infernal flying machines! "; Pg. 691: "Horsemen and foot soldiers, so many . . . wagons of supplies, and archers, and . . . ah Gods . . . Evanda guard us, that smell I know, somewhere within their ranks they are again making clingfire . . . "; Pg. 729: "'...by this time tomorrow we may be fighting for our lives! Would you greet your Gods after death with the stain of kin-strife still upon you?...' " [Some other refs., not in DB.]
polytheism Darkover 4000 Bradley, Marion Zimmer. Stormqueen! in The Ages of Chaos. New York: Daw Books (2002; c. 1978); pg. 21. "'...When I was young I felt laran as a gift of the gods; they had appointed me to rule this land, and dowered me with laran to make my rule stronger. But as I grow old I find it a curse, not a gift.'

'You are not so old, my lord, and surely no one now would challenge your rule!'

'No one dares do so openly, Aliciane. But I am alone among those who hover waiting for me to die childless. I have meaty bones to pick . . . all gods grant your child is a son, carya.' " [Other refs., not in DB, e.g. pg. 42, 51, 75, etc.]

polytheism Darkover 4012 Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Shadow Matrix. New York: DAW Books (1997); pg. 342. "'By the Gods, what is that?' " [May be other refs., not in DB. Not prominent.]
polytheism Darkover 4025 Bradley, Marion Zimmer. Traitor's Sun. New York: DAW Books (1999); pg. 411. "At last she said, 'The Darkovan mythology is fairly simple--two gods, two goddesses and no theology to speak of. They are more like forces of nature, invoked ceremonially on occasion, and otherwise not given much attention. There are other deities, lesser ones, as well. But I think that the general attitude of the people is that if the gods do not actively interfere in their lives, then they should just leave well enough alone... Up in Nevarsin there is a cult called the cristoforos. Their beliefs are monotheistic and not shared by most of the people of Darkover, but they have been a center of learning for centuries. In the past, many of the sons of Comyn were sent there to be educated...' "
polytheism Darkover 4050 Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Deborah J. Ross. The Fall of Neskaya. New York: DAW Books (2001); pg. 134. Pg. 134: "A secure and lasting peace? Sweet gods, what is the man talking about? Is he mad? "; Pg. 190: "'Let it be, Darren. I do not know if I will succeed, only that I must try. I have come this far with the blessing of the gods. I must trust they will grant me the means to do their bidding.' ";

Pg. 232: "'You will regret those proud words, lady. On the battlefield, in chains. Acosta is mine by the will of the gods. Never will I permit you or your kinsman... to diminish the glorious kingdom I have built with my own two hands.'...

'It is already out of our hands. I do not know if we, in our attempt at a peaceful resolution, have only made the situation worse. Adelandayo, Rafael Hastur. Go with the gods, and may their wisdom guide you.' " [Other refs., not in DB.]

polytheism Deep Space 9 2370 ab Hugh, Dafydd. Fallen Heroes (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1994); pg. 53. "'Lay on, Macduff,' whispered O'Brien, 'and damn'd be him that first cries, 'Hold, enough.' '

But in fact, a different quotation ran through his brain, from King Lear, the one Keiko disliked the most. It stuck in O'Brien's memory for days:

As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods;
They kill us for their sport.
"
polytheism Discworld 1992 Pratchett, Terry. Small Gods. New York: HarperCollins (1994; c. 1992); pg. 2. Book cover: "Lost in the chill deeps of space between the galaxies, it sails on forever, a flat, circular world carried on the back of a giant turtle--Discworld--a land where the unexpected can be expected. Like Brutha, a simple lad who only wants to tend his melon patch. Until one day he hears the voice of a god calling his name. A small god, to be sure. But bossy as Hell. "; Pg. 2: "'Does a falling tree in the forest make a sound when there is no one to hear?'... At the very least, if it was deep enough in the forest, millions of small gods would have heard it. "; Pg. 104: "Where do gods come from? Where do they go? Some attempt to answer this was made by the religious philosopher Koomi of Smale in his book Ego-Video Liber Deorum, which translates into the vernacular roughly as Gods: A Spotter's Guide.. " [As the title indicates, there are extensive refs. to gods throughout novel, not in DB.]
polytheism Discworld 1992 Pratchett, Terry. Small Gods. New York: HarperCollins (1994; c. 1992); pg. 105. "And yet there seemed to be a lot of lesser gods around the place. Koomis' theory was that gods come into being and grow and flourish because they are believed in. Belief itself is the food of the gods. Initially, when mankind lived in small primitive tribes, there were probably millions of gods. Now there tended to be only a few very important ones--local gods of thunder and love, for example, tended to run together like pools of mercury as the small primitive tribes joined up and became huge, powerful primitive tribes with more sophisticated weapons. Any god could grow in stature as its believers increased. And dwindle as they decreased. It was like a great big game of ladders and snakes. " [More.]
polytheism Discworld 1992 Pratchett, Terry. Small Gods. New York: HarperCollins (1994; c. 1992); pg. 122. "'Well, the tubby one with the toga is Tuvelpit, the God of Wine. They call him Smimto in Tsort. And the broad with the hairdo is Astoria, Goddess of Love. A complete bubblehead. The ugly one is Offler the Crocodile God. Not a local boy. He's Klatchian originally, but the Ephebians heard about him and thought he was a good idea. Not the teeth. Good teeth. Good teeth. Then the one with the snakepit hairdo is--'

'You talk about them as if they were real,' said Brutha.

'They are.' "

polytheism Discworld 1997 Pratchett, Terry. Maskerade. New York: HarperCollins (1998; c. 1997); pg. 47. Pg. 22: "' 'Don't make me have to break your legs.' I don't expect you artistes to understand. It's a business thing. The gods help those who help themselves, that's my motto.' ";

Pg. 47: "'...One moment he'll be in the Gods, next moment he'll be backstage somewhere!! No one knows how he does it!!'

'Really?

...'The Boxes!' she said. 'Over there! And right up there, the Gods!'

Her voice bounced back from the distant wall.

'Aren't the best people in the Gods? It sounds--' ";

Pg. 118: "'...The Ring of the Nibelunginguing... Now that was an opera.'

'Three days of gods shouting at one another and twenty minutes of memorable tunes?' " [A few other refs., not in DB.]

polytheism galaxy -99926 B.C.E. Hambly, Barbara. Children of the Jedi (Star Wars). New York: Bantam (1996; c. 1995); pg. 292. Pg. 292: "A frightening annoyance, but finite.
Dear gods of my people, finite.
";

Pg. 298: "I tried to make the best decisions I could . . . with what results, I pray that you will never have occasion to see.
To you I sign myself in all wretchedness,
Nasdra Magrody
"

polytheism galaxy -4970 B.C.E. Weis, Margaret & Tracy Hickman. The Seventh Gate. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 50. "Led to Samah, Head of the Council--the man who had ordered the Sundering--the Sartan were angered and amazed to find that these mensch not only refused to bow down and worship, but actually had the temerity to defy the so-called gods and wall the Sartan up in her own city, keeping them prisoners by flooding that city with the magic-destroying seawater. "
polytheism galaxy 1985 Hubbard, L. Ron. Mission Earth Vol. 1: The Invaders Plan. Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (1985); pg. 174. Some references to 'Gods', pg. 174, 208, 341, 385, 396, 439, 493, 539, elsewhere.
polytheism galaxy 1987 Hubbard, L. Ron. Mission Earth Vol. 10: The Doomed Planet. Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (1987); pg. 41. Pg. 41: "'OH, MY GODS!' the horror story writer said. "; Pg. 117: "'No, no! Please Gods, we didn't!' cried another voice. " [Some similar refs., not in DB.]
polytheism galaxy 1987 Hubbard, L. Ron. Mission Earth Vol. 8: Disaster. Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (1987); pg. 16. Pg. 16: "We weren't running on Will-be Was now, thank Gods. We were far below the speed of light... "; Pg. 17: "'Oh, thank Gods you've come!' Raht's voice sounded weak. "; Pg. 18: "Prohibition gangsters were buried in this terrain. Gods deliver us from their ghosts. "; Pg. 159: "I was praying soundlessly to every God I knew that my trick would work. " [Many similar refs., not in DB.]
polytheism galaxy 1990 Bonanno, Margaret Wander. The Others. New York: St. Martin's Press (1990); pg. 63. "Melet Islanders, many-godded " [Some other refs., not in DB.]
polytheism galaxy 1997 Byrne, John. Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing (1997); pg. 32. "'We are a Christian nation, Judeo-Christian, as some will insist. There is only one true God, and his Son, Jesus Christ.'

'I know this story,' Diana said. There was no antagonism in her tone. She spoke quietly, conversationally, as if--and Rebecca could not bring herself to truly believe this--she did not understand the full import of what she was saying. 'And I do not deny the existence of your gods. But surely there is room enough in the Universe for many gods. I have walked with those who live in the marble halls of Olympus. I have battled those who spanned the dimensions from Apokolips and New Genesis. I have seen divinity in many forms, some good, some terribly evil. If you could only speak to your God, or to this man Jesus, to discuss this . . . they would tell you what I say is true.' Wonder Woman paused. " [This discussion takes place in Chicago.]

polytheism galaxy 1997 Byrne, John. Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing (1997); pg. 33-34. "Rebecca snapped to her feet, bristling despite herself. 'I do not! God is not 'part' of anything! Everything, everything that lives, everything that exists is part of Him!'

'I'm sorry,' Diana said, 'but that does not entirely make sense. There are many tales that go back to the beginning of the Universe, to the moment when Time and Space sprang forth from nothingness. All the gods, in one form or another, were born of that moment, of that timelessness. They are as much a part of the Universe as we. Vastly more powerful, many times wiser, but not separate, not outside. How could we worship them, how could we even comprehend them, if it were otherwise?' " [This discussion takes place in Chicago. Diana (Wonder Woman) is speaking to Rebecca, an Evangelical preacher.]

polytheism galaxy 2017 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 452. "'. . . The downstreamers. Are they gods?'

No. They're just people.

'That's hard to believe.'

But the human race is very old. They would not recognize you.

'Why not?'

Because your time was very strange. Really, it was still part of the Big Bang, the afterglow. Bright.

'What are they like?'

'They are diverse. As diverse as you and me. More. But they have one thing in common. These are the people who chose to live on. "



polytheism, continued

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