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/
polytheism galaxy 2030 Hogan, James P. Entoverse. New York: Ballantine (1991); pg. 6. "But these days, everyone was confused and afraid. The old ways were ceasing to work, and the old wisdom had no answers. Priests prayed, seers beseeched, and people redoubled their sacrifices. But the force-currents waned, and life-power ebbed. No signs came; the oracles remained mute. And as the gods died, their stars were going out.

Some thought that a great war had been waged in the sky, that new gods had defeated the old, and different laws were coming into being to rule the world. Mystics spoke of having seen a higher realm that they called Hyperia, beyond the everyday plane of existence, where perpetual serenity reigned and impossible happenings were commonplace.

Perhaps, a few of the more hopeful reasoned, the breaking down of the old laws portended a transition of their world into a phase that would be governed by the new kinds of laws glimpsed in the world beyond. " [Extensive refs. to multiple gods throughout novel.]

polytheism galaxy 2030 Hogan, James P. Entoverse. New York: Ballantine (1991); pg. 361. "'Hail, Father of the Gods! This day has the magic of Hyperia descended upon Waroth. Indeed hast the master whom we reviled spoken truly!'

...Others took up the cry.

'Hail, Father of the Gods!'

'Lighter of the heavens!'

'Master of objects that spin!' " [More]

polytheism galaxy 2200 Silverberg, Robert. Starborne. New York: Bantam (1997; co. 1996); pg. 144. "As all of us will be immortal--glorious figures of myth, demigods, even gods, perhaps--in the minds of the people of that new world. We who are without gods to pray to ourselves will become gods, I think, to the settles of the new Earth of the years to come. Immortal gods, all of us. And Marcus has simply entered his immortality earlier than the rest of us, that's all.' "
polytheism galaxy 2268 Oltion, Jerry. Mudd In Your Eye (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 162. Pg. 162: "'...I saw Scotty blown to bits by an overloaded phaser. Nothing could rejuvenate a man after that.'

'The Gods can,' the woman said simply. 'They do it all the time.' ";

Pg. 173: "'And I know some of you weren't ready to leave Prastor yet, but don't think you can just sneak off and kill yourselves to get back. You'll go back, all right--the Gods keep track of where you came from and who you associate with--but it'll be in the middle of the closest battle with someone you know in it, and your own people will blow you right back here. The same goes if you're killed trying any other method of escape, or killed while committing a crime.' " [Other refs., not in DB.]

polytheism galaxy 2285 McIntyre, Vonda N. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. New York: Pocket Books (1984); pg. 31. Pg. 31: "'Their families know of the tragedy . . .'

'What did you do--send telegrams? My gods!' "; Pg. 106: "My gods, Jim thought, is Sarek trying to tell me... " [James Kirk here profanes using a plural form.]

polytheism galaxy 2300 Montgomery, Nicole. "The Unbound " in Writers of the Future: Volume XV (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1999); pg. 148. [Year is estimated.] "They came out of the sky like gods. Three monstrous birds, the sun gleaming off lethal tapered hulls, wings outstretched. They blocked the sun--at once terrifying and familiar. No one yet living remembered the first time they had come, when, indeed, they had been though gods. No one remembered the terror and wonder of watching the enormous birds disgorge their passengers for the first time...

What the Iridelli remembered was that their imperial masters bled and died... The Iridelli killed their gods, consigning their bodies to earth and their spirits to hell. Then they found they no longer knew how to live without them. Hunger allowed little time for feats of daring... " [Other refs., not in DB.]

polytheism galaxy 2365 Lorrah, Jean. Metamorphosis (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1990); pg. 49. "Drahanna stepped forward and began: 'We welcome you, oh beloved of the gods. Feast with us in praise of the gods who have suffered you to brave the perils of the swamp, an honor few Elysians are granted. Tell us, blessed ones, of your journey to the sacred mountain.'

Riker frowned, clearly trying to decide how best to respond. Troi spoke up for him. 'We have not reached the sacred mountain, Drahanna. We have not come near to it.'

'The gods must have further tests for you then,' said the Speaker. 'May you prove worthy, and some among you be allowed the challenge when you have completed your arduous journey across the Great Swamp.'

If Drahanna was to be believed, Thralen had guessed right: The gods of Elysia wanted no one attempting to climb their sacred mountain without permission. " [Many refs. to Elysia (a planet) and 'gods' throughout novel, but not to other Greco-Roman names.]

polytheism galaxy 2365 Lorrah, Jean. Metamorphosis (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1990); pg. 50. "After a time she must have decided their questions indicated they were nervous about their journey to the sacred mountain. 'It is true,' she told them,' that some reach the sacred isle only to be turned back, for the final test comes there. But be no afraid: The gods have chosen you to undertake the journey. That in itself shows their favor. Only one or two of your group will be permitted the final quest to the top of the mountain. I cannot tell you which ones--the gods do not speak to me of you, any more than they foretold your destiny to your own Speaker at home.' She smiled. 'Your future shifts with each thought; except for certain foreordained truths, nothing is certain until it happens.'

At sunrise the team... walked back to the beamdown point, and transported up to the Enterprise. Drahanna had... instructed the villagers not to accompany them to the edge of the swamp; whatever the gods were, they... did not want their subjects to see people vanish... "

polytheism galaxy 2365 Lorrah, Jean. Metamorphosis (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1990); pg. 63. "'This sanctuary,' said Data. 'There we will meet the gods themselves?'

'So it is spoken.'

He nodded. 'That is what I came seeking.' He tapped his combadge again, but it was still dead, as was his tricorder. By this time the Enterprise crew would have used every means at their disposal to locate and recover him. Elysia's gods must have blocked their efforts--their technology was clearly far beyond that of the Federation. They must have assessed the away team members, decided they desired contact, and determined that the android was best equipped to record such a meeting.

But he would not get that far if he did not succeed in this Quest. The Elysian gods obviously insisted that even visitors from other worlds play by their regulations... "

polytheism galaxy 2366 David, Peter. Q-in-Law (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1991); pg. 41. Pg. 4: "The bottom of the shuttle sparked and squealed, and Kerin let out a brief shriek.

'Hold together, baby,' he prayed. ";

Pg. 7: "He closed his eyes a moment, took a breath to cleanse his thoughts, and then opened his eyes again. 'I come to thee,' he said, praying that his voice wouldn't crack, 'as a supplicant...' ";

Pg. 41: "'A week' he said... 'An entire week. Gods. Now that we've committed to each other...' ";

Pg. 43: "'This man is a Tizarin?' said Nistral uncertainly. 'Of the house of Shinbum?'

'No, sir... I am an android. Data. Of the Enterprise.'

'Remarkable resemblance. Especially the gold skin...,' said Nistral.

'That was the choice of my creator,' said Data.

Graziunas nodded. 'So it was with us all.' ";

Pg. 115: "It was--Gods!--it was just how Sehra's mother looked at him! "; Pg. 193: "'Good people! All who are assembled this day in the sight of the gods of the Tizarin--the only real and true pantheon of gods in the cosmos...' "

polytheism galaxy 2366 David, Peter. Q-in-Law (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1991); pg. 83. Pg. 83: "Q shrugged. 'It's reflex, Picard. I've been godlike for centuries. You can't expect me to go from omnipotence to incompetence overnight...' " [Q is a main character in novel. Other refs. to his 'godlike' abilities.]; Pg. 160: "'Perhaps they live up to your expectations. You are, after all, a god. They behave in the way they think their god expects them to act.'

Q frowned at that. 'You mean they don't want to disappoint me?' ";


Pg. 225: "'...But I can assure you, Little One, I will still love you, even when I'm a goddess.' "

polytheism galaxy 2366 David, Peter. Q-in-Law (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1991); pg. 189. Pg. 189: "Planets crackled into existence, and there were life forms--gods, so many, all at once... " [Lwaxana's point of view, indicating that as a Betazed she is from a polytheistic background.];

Pg. 216: "So many ships! Gods! Hundreds, thousands . . . " [A Tzarin's point of view.];

Pg. 185: "she paused. 'I just don't like the directions his thoughts have been going,' she muttered.

'His thoughts? Gods, girl!' Graziunas threw up his arms in frustration. 'A man is supposed to police is very thoughts now in order to satisfy a woman?...' " [Some other references to gods, as spoken or thought by various Tzarin, indicating their polytheistic religion.]

polytheism galaxy 2368 Hawke, Simon. The Romulan Prize (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 22. Pg. 22: "Valak's eyes grew wide and he swore softly, invoking the gods of his forefathers. "; Pg. 57: "...reminiscent of an altar on which sacrifices could be made to the Romulan deities of war. And in this case, thought Picard, those sacrifices had been terrible. "
polytheism galaxy 2369 Smith, Dean Wesley & Kristine Kathryn Rusch. The Soldiers of Fear (Star Trek: TNG/Invasion! #2). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 74. "I swear by Apollo the physician, by Aesculapius, Hygeia, and Panacea... and I take to witness all the gods, all the goddesses, to keep according to my ability and my judgment the following Oath:.... I will prescribe regimen for the good of my patients... according to my ability and my judgment and never to do harm to anyone. "
polytheism galaxy 2371 Smith, Dean Wesley & Kristine Kathryn Rusch. The Escape (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 12. "Neelix never minded having the floor. 'Alcawell translates roughly into the Station. But it's not a station. It's a planet. Many races in this area believe it to be sacred, a sort of home of the gods.' He put an arm around Kes, almost as if his performance were for her and her alone. 'But I've been there. It's no home for anyone.' "
polytheism galaxy 2372 Haber, Karen. Bless the Beasts (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 61. "As her legs gave way, Paris dived to catch her... 'Just rest now,' he said. 'It's okay, take it easy. We've got you... Easy now. You're safe.' He lowered her gently to the sand. The girl's teeth chattered and her body shook visibly. 'Gods, you're freezing.' " [Tom Paris here profanes in the plural.]
polytheism galaxy 2373 David, Peter. End Game in Star Trek: New Frontier (omnibus). New York: Pocket Books (1998; c. 1997); pg. 89. "Yoz, Ryjaan, D'ndai, and Zoran listened in quiet amazement. 'Gods,' whispered Yoz... "
polytheism galaxy 2373 David, Peter. Fire on High (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 39. "Ontear, according to Soleta's research, was a seer and wise man who had lived five hundred years previously, and had been instrumental in shaping the direction of his world. He had died, or disappeared, depending upon one's interpretation, under most mysterious circumstances. According to legend, he'd literally been plucked up and away by the wrath of the Zondarian gods themselves. ";

Pg. 64: "'Ontear. The Ontear who died five hundred years ago, carried away at the hands of mysterious gods?... Ontear. The noted prophet and seer, lifted away into the skies by a swirling mass of air, commonly called a tornado but believed, in this instance, to be some sort of divine object.' " [Some other refs., not in DB.]

polytheism galaxy 2373 David, Peter. Fire on High (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 128. "'There was a book in Kallinda's library, he said. 'A book of tales of ancient Thallon. Originally handed down via oral tradition, spun by various storytellers throughout the centuries. There was one story I remember in particular: It was about a trickster god named Imtempho. He liked to do things to enrage and annoy the other gods, pulled all manner of tricks on them. The story went that the gods had created the Thallonians to be their playthings, their objects of amusement. But Imtempho, although he was merely a trickster, truly hated the gods and wanted to see them all done away with. But he was unable to lift a hand against them himself. So he stole something from the gods that was the property of them and them alone, and that was fire. He brought fire down to the Thallonians, and the Thallonians began using it to accomplish all manner of wonderful things. This angered the gods, who demanded...' " [More.]
polytheism galaxy 2373 David, Peter. Into the Void in Star Trek: New Frontier (omnibus). New York: Pocket Books (1998; c. 1997); pg. 135. "'You're alive, thank the gods, you're alive,' she [Shelby] whispered. "
polytheism galaxy 2373 Robinson, Peg. "The First " in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Dean Wesley Smith, ed.) New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 134. "'I remember one night... The moons were like torches, and the stars showed between the clouds... I loved them. Gods and graces, but I loved the stars.' "
polytheism galaxy 2374 Carey, Diane. Fire Ship (Star Trek: Voyager / The Captain's Table: Book 4 of 6). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 11. "'I don't believe in magic,' Janeway told them. 'There's obviously some bizarre science at work here... Once upon a time... people thought fire was of the gods. We thought the stars were heaven...' "
polytheism galaxy 2374 David, Peter. The Quiet Place (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 11. "...she couldn't stay awake forever. Gods knew that she had tried. " [Some other refs., e.g., pg. 215.]
polytheism galaxy 2374 Friedman, Michael Jan. Day of Honor (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 141. "The Sacred Chalice of Rixx, the Doctor noted with some satisfaction.

It was one of the most valuable artifacts on Betazed, and had been for the last seven hundred years. The chalice was brought out only once a year, in recognition of the emperor Rixx's mythical marriage to the goddess Niiope.

In the twenty-fourth century, Betazoids no longer worshipped gods and goddesses, of course. However, they were still eager to celebrate the holidays associated with said gods and goddesses--particularly this one.

The Wedding of Rixx, he thought excitedly, was the most important celebration on the entire planet... "

polytheism galaxy 2375 David, Peter. Excalibur: Requiem (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 103. Pg. 103: "'Gods . . . Si Cwan, I'm so sorry . . .' ";

Pg. 110: "'Perhaps the gods . . . if such they be . . . feel that it is better late than never,' suggested Soleta.

'Perhaps. It is futile to speculate, I suppose. We are not to question the ways of the gods.'

'How eminently convenient for the gods' was Soleta's wry observation.

'Spoken like a true skeptic.'

'I am someone who learns through observation. The existence of God, or gods, hinges not upon observation or quantifiable study, but upon faith. My faith is in science.'

'The universe, child, is too varied and multifaceted a thing to place the entirety of one's faith in anything,' " [More.];

Pg. 135: "'...I thought the gods had sent you to be the lone individual who would say...' " [Other refs. not in DB.]

polytheism galaxy 2375 Mack, David. "The Star Trek: New Frontier Minipedia " in Excalibur: Restoration (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 376. "Intempho
A trickster god in ancient Thallonian mythology, always pictured wearing a distinctive medallion. Hated the other gods, and strove to do away with them, but could not strike directly. Stole fire from the gods and gave it to the Thallonian people, who used it to create great works. According to legend, when the gods demanded that the Thallonians give back the secret of fire, the Thallonians set fire to the gods' Great Temple, ushering in the world's age of reason. Si Cwan read of this tale in an ancient book that was part of his sister Kalinda's library. "
polytheism galaxy 2376 Greenberger, Robert. "The Other Side " in What Lay Beyond (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 240. Pg. 240: "'As I expected. Young Gods on their ordeal must have traveled the world to gain their granita.' ";

Pg. 244: "'The Young God knows much,' Hamish said in admiration.

His [Picard] being a god to them, though, that could pose problems. ";

Pg. 247: "'You will make a great God,' Hamish said with finality.

Picard winced but shook his head slightly. 'I am trying to be a good man, first.' " [Many refs. throughout story.]

polytheism galaxy 2400 Cherryh, C. J. Brothers of Earth. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1976); pg. 59. [Year estimated.] Pg. 59: "'Gods,' he said, 'you look deathly, friend...' "; Pg. 92: "'...and the Sufaki will make prayers and invoke the Intain, the spirits of their gods.'

'What is done there?' Kurt asked.

'It is the old religion which was here before the Families. I am not really sure what is done, and I do not care to know. I have heard that they even invoke the names of god-kings in Phan's own temple, but we do not go there, ever. There were old gods in Chteftikan, old and evil gods from the First Days...' " [Other refs., not in DB, incl. pg. 227.]

polytheism galaxy 2500 Anderson, Poul. "The Sharing of Flesh " in The Hugo Winners: Volumes One and Two. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971); pg. 779. [Year estimated] "'Heaven-borne, believe me, you have no quarrel with Lokon--no, now, let me show you, let me take you into the Sacred Place, even if you are no initiate . . . for surely you are akin to the gods, surely the gods will not be offended--Come, let me show you how it is, let me prove we have no will and no need to be your enemies--' " [Other refs. not in DB.]
polytheism galaxy 2500 McIntyre, Vonda N. Dreamsnake. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1978); pg. 35. [Year and place completely unknown, other than future, on another planet.] Pg. 35: "'Gods, I'm hungry,' Merideth said in astonishment... "; Pg. 162: "Snake thanked all the gods of all the people of the world for what Melissa had told her. " [These passages, and others, indicate that at least some of the cultures on this world are polythestic. No organized Earth religions are mentioned by name in this novel.]
polytheism galaxy 2555 Barton, William. Acts of Conscience. New York: Warner Books (1997); pg. 389. "Just one more empty dollie day, waiting to die in the jaws of the gods, no matter that their world is filled with crazy aliens... and their incomprehensible doings... When I imagine myself a dollie, I wonder how they feel about the way human hunters kill their gods with lightning called down from the sky. Perhaps, just the way Moloch's babies felt, with the coming of YHWH and his doppelganger, Allah. "
polytheism galaxy 2600 Zettel, Sarah. Reclamation. New York: Warner Books (1996); pg. 90. "'He swears she's a volunteer.' Gods, I hope she's a volunteer. " [May be other refs., not in DB.]
polytheism galaxy 2634 Forstchen, William R. Action Stations (Wing Commander). New York: Baen (1998); pg. 153. "'My blood warms at the sight of thee and I thank the Gods for your safe return,' Vakka said as Jukaga... "
polytheism galaxy 2800 Cherryh, C. J. The Kif Strike Back. New York: DAW Books (1985); pg. 19. [Actual year uncertain.] Pg. 19: "She felt his weight, the chill of his flesh: gods, no, stay upright, don't give way, don't faint... ";

24: "Gods, gods, kif outside... ";

Pg. 25: "'Gods-rotted trouble. Tell them get out of it. Fast.'

'Won't listen--They invoke the Compact. Say--say--Gods rot, you can guess.' " [Many other refs., not in DB. All profanity in the book (which comes fairly frequently) is plural. This is carried out to an unusual and highly consistent degree. Pg. 199 even has the phrase "for godssakes! ", with a double-s.]

polytheism galaxy 2955 Cherryh, C. J. Inheritor. New York: DAW Books (1996); pg. 31. "On that simple assurance--and only the atevi gods knew how Tabini's canny numerologists had gotten that agreed upon--the debate which might have killed the project was done. "
polytheism galaxy 3500 Vinge, Joan D. The Snow Queen. New York: Dial Press (1980); pg. 27. [Year guessed at.] "Gods! the things these stinking backwater worlds could find to get high on. " [These are apparently the thoughts of an off-worlder on th planet Tiamat. The use of the plural 'Gods' as a profane utterance indicates a polytheistic culture. This word is invoked throughout book by various characters, sometimes religiously, sometimes only a as a curse. Elsewhere offworld religion is explicitly described as polytheistic. Even the natives of Tiamat, who appear to worship only one goddess, curse reflexively using the plural 'Gods' more often than they invoke one of the names of their specific deity, and nobody ever curses using the singular 'God' or 'Goddess'.]
polytheism galaxy 3500 Vinge, Joan D. The Snow Queen. New York: Dial Press (1980); pg. 148. [Year guessed at.] Pg. 148: "The family dressed for mourning, as though LiouxSked had actually died. But the gods weren't that kind. . . . Gods, hell! Jershua's mouth thinned. The gods had nothing to do with it; this stank of human treachery. "; Pg. 275: "Gods, how she hated the sight of this place... "; Pg. 277: "Oh gods, are you still a friend of mine? "; Pg. 305: "'Gods! Oh, my gods,' more a curse than a prayer. "; Pg. 357: "Yes, by all the gods; it is you, BZ... "; Pg. 357: "'Gods! Excuse me, Commander; I didn't mean to see you looking like this...' "; Pg. 412: "'Oh, my thousand gods . . . why did you come here, Moon?...' "
polytheism galaxy 3500 Vinge, Joan D. The Snow Queen. New York: Dial Press (1980); pg. 207. [Year guessed at.] "'You have so many gods, you offworlders... Why do you have so many?'

'Because there are so many worlds; each world has at leat one, and usually many, of its own. 'My gods or your gods,' they say, 'who knows which are the real ones?' So we worship them all, just to be sure.' "

polytheism galaxy 4000 Drew, Wayland. The Memoirs of Alcheringia in The Erthring Cycle (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (c. 1984); pg. 7. "Without warning, the god sprang above the forest and charged.

They could not help seeing him. He trailed streamers of sun. Eyes like small suns blazed from his belly and his arms. He howled like wolves.

Both knew they would die now, for they had seen and would remember. The god would drop and shred them and strew pieces of them across that hillside.

Both fell forward and covered their heads.

Rani screaming with his face buried and his whole body writhing as if such puny violence could deter the huge violence of the god. Asa was shaking too, but he had determined to die fighting. Perhaps he would take the god with him, for he knew that gods also died; he had seen their ocher corpses. " [Many other refs., not in DB.]

polytheism galaxy 4010 Bradley, Marion Zimmer. Exile's Song. New York: DAW Books (1996); pg. 72. "'But she wasn't your real mother, curse the gods!' " [May be other refs., not in DB, but didn't notice any during indexing.]
polytheism galaxy 4600 Weber, David & Steve White. In Death Ground. New York: Baen (1997); pg. 332. "He looked upon the greatest disaster in the Zheeerlikou'valkhannaieee's history, and he could not stop it. Gods above, he could not stop it! "
polytheism galaxy 33989 Harrison, Harry. The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You. New York: Bantam (1979); pg. 5. "They were a bit shorter than I was, taking after their mother there, but soundly muscled and handsome as gods. "
polytheism Greece -479 B.C.E. Wolfe, Gene. Soldier of the Mist. New York: Tor (1986); pg. 258. "'...But though Io says I once swept floors for a woman in Thought, I don't believe I eve swept the hall of Olympus.'

'Then we'll begin with speculations humbler still. You acknowledge that there are many gods?'

I sipped my wine. 'All men do, I suppose.' " [Many refs. to various gods throughout novel, not in DB.]

polytheism Heao's World 3500 Felice, Cynthia. Godsfire. New York: Pocket Books (1978); pg. 6. Pg. 6: "'Learn what? The temple guardians were not interested in the skybridge until Rellar suggested we might learn more about the gods by studying it.' "; Pg. 22: "'I heard that the lowland temple guardians were told in a vision from the gods that a beast of burden had been created and set down at the edge of the Evernight Mountains.' " [Many other refs. to the polytheistic cultures of this novel, throughout novel. Other refs. not in DB.]
polytheism Heao's World 3500 Felice, Cynthia. Godsfire. New York: Pocket Books (1978); pg. 38. "I entered the temple, intending to drop a pretty shell or two on Perspicuity's altar, but she was not represented. The earthy gods, Zephyr, Raingiver, Flametender, Oceana, and Terra were prominently displayed, and a few of the popular war gods were tucked into alcoves along a leaking gallery. The representations were artless, the walls were bleak, and the walls were of hard-packed dirt, completely unlike my city's temple, which was rich with tapestries, paintings, and mosaics from dome to catacombs. Beyond the altar room was a dream chamber, into which I peaked. It was not pretty, either.

The dreamer's nest was occupied by a tiny child who was drugged beyond caring that the nest was foul and the chamber poorly ventilated. Spiced smoke ineffectively masked the odor of urine, indicating that dream drugs had been used excessively... "

polytheism Heao's World 3500 Felice, Cynthia. Godsfire. New York: Pocket Books (1978); pg. 249. Pg. 247: "'It's not magic, Baltsar, nor are they gods. They have a very advanced technology.' "; Pg. 249: "'Dear God . . .'

'Gods . . .'

...'You should be putting the fear of God into them, not amusing them.' "

polytheism Heao's World 3500 Felice, Cynthia. Godsfire. New York: Pocket Books (1978); pg. 264. [Glossary] "Raingiver - God of rain.

Temple - The religious cult and/or the religious gathering place.

Temple guardian - A special sect who claim to serve the gods, tend the lexicons, and guide the non-secular community to righteous paths by means of minor witchcraft (trickery and hoaxes) and by preying on primordial fears. Guardians are celibate, living apart from the community in the temples. Individuals are often associated with specific noblepersons. "

polytheism Heao's World 3500 Felice, Cynthia. Godsfire. New York: Pocket Books (1978); pg. 263-264. [Glossary] "Luck - A fickle god. An aspect, sometimes fortuitous, sometimes not...

Flametender - God of fire, the hearth, and the forge. Associated equally with war and peace, since weapons and plows alike are fashioned in his flames. He is said to herald the spring by building a great fire at the upcoast feet of the skybridge.

Godsfire - The fire Flametender builds at the upcoast feet of the skybridge, resulting in an especially brilliant dawnglow during spring.

Perspicuity - A goddess. Also an aspect of clarity, understanding and truthfulness.

Skybridge - An arc through the sky. A dark arc visible in the sky during cloudless times. Gods are said to have written messages underneath for humankind to perceive, if only they were perfect enough to see. It is also said that the gods tread the skybridge, and that Raingiver frequents it often to empty his water jugs over the side. "

polytheism Hegira 4000 Bear, Greg. Hegira. New York: Tor (1989; 1st printed 1979); pg. 125. "Dat, he learned... was the product of her own extratemporal union with the ocean god, Nepheru-Shaka. She was her own mother then, and he own daughters. Nepheru-Shaka was conceived (again out of time) by Dat and the island god, Ashlok -- both of whom were female, but Ashlok less definitely so. From this Trinity -- with Ashlok as the only unbegotten and unexplained part -- came all the other forces, gingerii, minor gods, and the seventy-nine Notions that comprised the loose pantheon of Golumbine. It was a very intellectual religion, quite static. By any definition of culture the Golumbine population should have crumbled into formless bands and gone through the agonies of cultural renaissance long ago. But the culture was stable and showed no signs of decay. " [More.]
polytheism Helliconia 4901 Aldiss, Brian W. Helliconia Winter. New York: Atheneum (1985); pg. 20. Pg. 20: "All the minor deities were called upon this hour of crisis, and every man prayed for his own survival. "; Pg. 26: "It was not courage they lacked, but the favour of their countless gods. " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
polytheism India 2127 Card, Orson Scott. Shadow of the Hegemon. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 310. "'They knew I was here. I didn't say anything, but they all knew that the Woman-in-hiding was at the bridge, so they figured that the gods were protecting this place.'

'And the gods needed g-to-a [ground to air] missiles?'

'No, I'm the one they're protecting. The gods have the bridge, the men have me. So here's the deal. You pull your explosives off the bridge...'

Suriyawong walked back to his men. 'No, it's not a god or a holy woman. She's Virlomi, a Battle School grad, and she has intelligence that's more valuable than this bridge... Soldier, I need to seem to be hypnotized by this woman... I am not hypnotized, but I'm faking it so the Indian soldiers all around us will think she's controlling me. Got that?' " [More.]

polytheism Japan 1905 Green, Roland J. "Written by the Wind: A Story of the Draka " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 121. "Goto thanked the gods for his brother's survival and asked them to give peace to Julia Pope along with all the other warriors who had died for the Emperor this day. "
polytheism Mars 1999 Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles. New York: Bantam (2000; c. 1958); pg. 9. Pg. 3: "'Blue eyes! Gods!' cried Mr. K. 'What'll you dream next? I suppose he had black hair?' "; Pg. 9: "'You should have heard yourself, fawning on him, talking to him, singing with him, oh gods, all night; you should have heard yourself!' " [In the book, the indigenous Martians sometimes curse using or exclaim using the word 'gods', indicating that their religion is polytheistic. Other refs., not in DB.]
polytheism Massachusetts: Nantucket -1250 B.C.E. Sterling, S. M. Island in the Sea of Time. New York: Penguin (1998); pg. 129. "He raised it to the setting sun and pronounced something long and sonorous; she caught Diawas Pithair, the name of their chief god. Sky Father; cognate with Zeus and Jupiter and Tiwaz and the old Norse Tyr, according to Arnstein. Others, a list of them--Mirutha, which seemed to be some sort of angels; a Horned Man or god of beasts and forests; Hepkwonsa, who was the Lady of the Horses, and her sons the Twin Riding Brothers; the Crow Goddess, whose true name was Blood Hag of Battles . . . " [Refs. to many tribal gods here, in relation to the Native Americans of the Massachusetts area of approximately 1250 B.C. Many other refs., not in DB, e.g., pg. 123.]
polytheism New York: Westchester County 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 21: "Slumber Party ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Nov. 1984); pg. 7. Pg. 7: Amara's thoughts: "Minerva! The Professor warned me against losing my temper! "; Pg. 8: "Thank the gods it was only a minor tremor. "; Pg. 23: Amara: "Eternal gods--a monster! "
polytheism North Carolina 1995 Lisle, Holly & Chris Guin. Mall, Mayhem and Magic. New York: Baen (1995); pg. 112. "'We can build a funeral pyre and send their souls on to the gods as they deserve.'

Terthal said, 'But their gods aren't our gods.'

...'We don't know who their gods are--and they can't tell us. Any gods are better than none, I think... I'd prefer the gods of strangers to the wizards who killed me.' " [Other refs., not in DB.]

polytheism Texas 1996 Leon, Mark. The Unified Field. New York: Avon Books (1996); pg. 236. "'But think about the differences between our worlds, and you might understand. On your poor planet you have spent the last several thousand years lurching form one paradigm to another--polytheism, empire, monarchy, Christianity, Buddhism, communism, capitalism--with no end in sight. "
polytheism United Kingdom 1981 Zelazny, Roger. "The Horses of Lir " in Unicorn Variations. New York: Timescape (1983; story c. 1981); pg. 170. "'It doesn't look exactly like any chariot I've seen pictures of. For one thing, it's awfully big.'

Stephen chuckled.

'Ought to be. 'Tis the property of a god.'

Randy looked at him to see whether he was joking. from the lack of expression on his face, he knew that he was not.

'Whose--is it?' he asked.

'Lir, Lord of the Great Ocean. He sleeps now with the other Old Ones--most of the time.' " [Other refs., not in DB.]

polytheism United Kingdom 1984 Adams, Douglas. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish. New York: Harmony Books (1984); pg. 7. Pg. 7: "And as he drove on, the rain clouds dragged down the sky after him for, though he did not know it, Rob McKenna was a Rain God. All he knew was that his working days were miserable and he had a succession of lousy holidays. All the clouds knew was that they loved him and wanted to be near him, to cherish him and to water him. "; Pg. 8: "The next two lorries were not driven by Rain Gods, but they did exactly the same thing. " [Other refs. to this character, not in DB, e.g., pg. 108-109, 125.]
polytheism United Kingdom: England 500 C.E. Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Mists of Avalon. New York: Ballantine (1984; c. 1982); pg. 11. "'The two are one,' said Merlin... 'but the followers of Christ have chosen to say, not that they shall have no other Gods before their God, but that there is no other God save for their God; that he alone made the world, that he rules it alone, that he alone made the stars and the whole of creation.'

Igraine quickly made the holy sign against blasphemy.

'But that cannot be,' she insisted. 'No single God can rule all things . . . and what of the goddess? What of the Mother . . .?'

'They believe,' said Viviane... 'that there is no Goddess...'

...Merlin said, 'for there have been followers of other Gods in our time. But they respected the Gods of others.' "

polytheism United Kingdom: England 500 C.E. Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Mists of Avalon. New York: Ballantine (1984; c. 1982); pg. 13. "'...In our world, Igraine, there is room enough for many Gods and many Goddesses. But in the universe of the Christians... there is no room for our vision or our wisdom. In their world there is one God alone; not only must he conquer over all Gods, he must make it as if there were no other Gods, had never been any Gods but only false idols, the work of their Devil...' "
polytheism United Kingdom: England 500 C.E. Woolley, Persia. Queen of the Summer Stars. New York: Poseidon Press (1990); pg. 35. Pg. 35: "This was not a relationship to be woven into everyday life, but a gift from the Gods--a touching beyond time that no human could gainsay. They were not the first the Goddess had brought together this way, nor would they be the last... "; Pg. 41: "...and she soon returns to the Old Gods, becoming a druidess in the Sanctuary. "; Pg. 43: "Not that the May Day rites include such sacrifices nowadays, but ever Celt remembers what lies at the heart of the royal promise--that any true monarch stands between the people and their Gods, willing to bridge the distance with life itself if the two become estranged. " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
polytheism United Kingdom: England 1955 Lewis, C.S. The Magician's Nephew (Narnia #6). New York: Macmillan (1970; c. 1955); pg. 117. "Out of the trees wild people stepped forth, gods and goddesses of the wood; with them came Fauns and Satyrs and Dwarfs. "
polytheism United Kingdom: London 1500 C.E. Moorcock, Michael. Gloriana. New York: Warner Books (1986; c 1978); pg. 49. Pg. 49: "'...This evidence was feared by our ancestors. Devils, angels, poltergeists, pixies, elves, gods and their works were held to be the cause of these disruptions to our ordered world. Why, there are those who still call that noble musician Lord Caudolon a demon... "; Pg. 53: "'Well? Aye, madam. (O, gods, would that I had the courage to pull you from that throne and bear you down...)' "; Pg. 101: "'...By the Gods, Your Majesty, I am glad I made my decision!...' " [Also pg. 118.]
polytheism USA 1940 Hubbard, L. Ron. Fear. Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (1991; c. 1940); pg. 22. "'You say that the gods of luck are false; you wrote that it is silly to seek the aid of gods beyond the aid of the one supreme God; you said that demons and devils were the manufacture of Machiavellian witch doctors and that men could only be herded by the fear of those things they could not see...' "

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