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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religious - fictional galaxy 2366 David, Peter. Q-in-Law (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1991); pg. 7. Tizarin:
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 . . . and as one who demands... the hand of thy most honorable daughter in marriage,'...

'And if I do not grant it?' asked Graziunas quietly.

Kerin steeled himself. 'Then I shall fight thee for her. With every breath in my body, with every spark in my soul, I shall fight thee. For she shall be mine, and I hers, until all the stars burn away.'...

Graziunas laughed loudly, a sound so startling that several people jumped slightly... 'Thou hast shown spirit, son of Nistral,' said Graziunas grudgingly. 'Spirit and fire. Thou hast spoken the words as they should be spoken, and issued the challenge. Thou hast not defeated me, but thou hast displayed thy worth... If she will have thee, then the hand of my only daughter is yours.' " [Ritual of Tizarin, book's main fictional culture.]

religious - fictional galaxy 2368 Carter, Carmen. The Devil's Heart (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 101. Faithful:
"Those called to the Gathering began to assemble when the first moon of DiWahn started its climb up through the twilight sky. Out of houses and inns, through darkening streets, the robed figures streamed toward the Gateway Temple. Heavy cowls hid the faces of those who called themselves the unDiWahn. Some walked singly, others in pairs or small groups, but by the time they reached the tiled plaza surrounding the high tower, their swelling numbers had merged into one mass of the Faithful.

Townspeople not sworn to the Faith cowed in their homes, for within memory there had never been a Gathering as large as this one. Every Guardian on the face of the planet must have journeyed to the walled city of Iconiadan... " [Many other refs., not in DB.]

religious - fictional galaxy 2368 Ferguson, Brad. The Last Stand (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 176. Krann:
"'That makes this mode of living even more planetlike, if you look at it in a certain way.' He thought about it for a moment... 'This race boasts a population of three billion people,' he finally said. 'The Krann live scattered among a hundred and sixty thousand spacecraft of every imaginable configuration. That represents a lot more geographical diversity than you're likely to find on any given planet.'

'It's like a Dyson sphere without the sphere,' Troi realized. 'Over time, the Krann have created their own vast planet out of this collection of ships. In a way, they've terraformed space itself by wrapping metal around it. It's amazing... We've never met anyone else who lives like this...' " [Many other refs. to the Krann in novel. They are the 2nd most important fictional culture in the book.]

religious - fictional galaxy 2368 Ferguson, Brad. The Last Stand (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 17. Lethanta:
[2] "When the revolution came, the Shrine had been abandoned in the belief that it was no longer needed and never had been, that the threat it was designed to counter had never been more than the fever dreams of deranged prophets. The monks who had lived and worked here had been secularized and sent away, never to return.

Not quite a generation ago, when the world had discovered the terrible truth about its impending doom, there was suddenly a need for a planetary defense headquarters, immune to any imaginable form of attack. Strategy had demanded an invulnerable location, and tradition and convenience had suggested the Shrine.

The facility no longer looked anything like a monastery... " [Other refs., not in DB. The Lethanta, who are the residents of Nem Ma'ak Bratuna, are the central fictional culture of the novel, but they are by this time quite secularized. The novel discusses the previous planetary theocracy, e.g. pg. 89-91, 199-201.]

religious - fictional galaxy 2368 Hawke, Simon. The Romulan Prize (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 10. Romulan:
Pg. 10: "Valak's father still held to many of the old values and the old ways of Romulan culture, which were not considered outmoded on the civilized worlds of the empire. The old ways were mystical and profoundly philosophical. In some ways the old Romulan traditions were similar to the Vulcan belief system, which was not surprising, for they sprang from common racial and cultural roots. "; Pg. 22: "Valak's eyes grew wide and he swore softly, invoking the gods of his forefathers. " [Romulan refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]
religious - fictional galaxy 2368 Hawke, Simon. The Romulan Prize (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 57. Romulan:
"The bridge of the warbird was laid out with an almost Byzantine devotion to form, less like a military command center than a place of ritual. The command post where the captain sat, looking down over the bridge, vaguely brought to mind the throne of an Egyptian pharaoh, and the tandem consoles where the pilot, navigator, and weapons officer had their posts--raised on a platform higher than the other duty stations, but lower than that of the captain--were 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. "
religious - fictional galaxy 2368 Neason, Rebecca. Guises of the Mind (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 31. Capulon IV:
"Which ones would mean anything to his brother? he wondered.

'The old law condemning abnormal children,' Joakal began,' the law you were victim to--that will be the first to go. I've already begun arranging for that to change. And the law of isolation that has kept us locked on this world. There are people on their way here now, people from an organization called the United Federation of Planets. Our world is going to join them... There are many other laws, too,' he said. 'The ban on scientific studies and technical advancements beyond our current level--in my studies I've learned that we once honored the sciences and used them. I want that to happen again. Our law says too much technology is an offense to the God. I don't believe it. I believe we are meant to use our minds. Once I'm elevated Absolute, I'll be the Voice of the God and I can change the old ways. I want our people to be part of the future.' " [Much more.]

religious - fictional galaxy 2368 Neason, Rebecca. Guises of the Mind (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1993) Little Mothers:
[Book jacket] "The world Capulon IV is finally ready to join the Federation after years of waiting. All that remains is the ruler's coronation and a routine signing of the final treaty. When the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise and their passengers--a group of women from a religious order dedicated to helping the downtrodden--arrive for the event, they expect to find a world willing and happy to receive them. Instead, they encounter deceit and treachery. The crown prince, once excited and eager to join the Federation, now refuses even to speak with Captain Picard.

Beaming to the surface in an attempt to work out the problem, Picard, Troi, and Mother Veronica, the abbess of the nuns, are drugged and captured. Now they must somehow escape and stop the crowning. If they cannot prevent it, the King will be omnipotent, with the power to destroy the Starship Enterpriseand all of Capulon IV as well. . . . " [Extensive religious refs.; only a few examples in DB.]

religious - fictional galaxy 2368 Neason, Rebecca. Guises of the Mind (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 6. Little Mothers:
"Up on the bridge, Captain Jean-Luc Picard was feeling very pleased with life... Their passengers, the Little Mothers, were remarkable individuals--members of an organization that had lasted through the centuries. Picard knew that many of his contemporaries, while admiring the work of the Little Mothers, felt that religious organizations such as theirs were anachronistic. Picard did not agree. As a student of history, he was keenly aware of the part religion had played in the spread of civilization.

Picard was too honest a researcher to ignore or deny the many atrocities that had been committed in the name of religion. Earth's past was as studded with them as many other world's histories, and much more than some. Yet it was the organizations of religion that had kept the light of law and learning, the essence of civilization, alive during eras of darkness that might otherwise have seen those lights extinguished. "

religious - fictional galaxy 2368 Neason, Rebecca. Guises of the Mind (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 6. Little Mothers:
"The Little Mothers--now theirs was a history that exemplified what Religious Orders could be. Picard had first learned of them as a schoolboy and had admired them since. Over the years he had watched for any mention of them, both in history books and current Federation news communiques. The Little Mothers' work with the unwanted children of the galaxy, regardless of physical or mental condition, of species or planet, was legendary and inspirational. Picard was pleased to be able to introduce them to his crew--and to introduce his crew, of whom he was justly proud, to them. " [Much more about the Little Mothers, who are the central fictional religious group of the novel. Other refs. not in DB.]
religious - fictional galaxy 2368 Neason, Rebecca. Guises of the Mind (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 16. Little Mothers:
[1] "Troi was seated across the table from Mother Veronica. The nun had stayed quiet throughout the meal. Troi noticed she had not eaten much more than a mouthful. To the counselor's practiced eye, the nun looked troubled and exhausted.

Seated to Troi's left, Sister Julian was as animated as Mother Veronica was reticent. 'It was 1873, not 4, when our Order was founded, Captain,' she was saying. 'In October. The fourth of October--the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, whose Rule we follow.'

Then Sister Julian stopped and laughed. 'You'll have to forgive me, Captain,' she said. 'I find history a fascinating subject, and I tend to become rather passionate when I'm discussing it.' "

religious - fictional galaxy 2368 Neason, Rebecca. Guises of the Mind (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 17. Little Mothers:
[2] Pg. 16-17: "Picard smiled. 'I am a bit of a history enthusiast myself,' he said. 'In fact, aside from the wonderful work you do--which I hold in the highest esteem--part of what interests my about your Order is the fact that you have survived the centuries. Even now, when religions no longer play such a pervasive part in society, your Order seems to be thriving.'

'It was not always easy for us,' Sister Julian said solemnly. 'Many times our Order nearly died out. Each time a span of religious apathy would occur, the numbers in our Order would dwindle. Yet a few of us always remained to carry on the work.'

She cocked her head slightly to one side and studied the captain. 'As for religion no longer playing a part in society,' she said. 'Which society? The Vulcans, whose discipline of pure logic, the Kilinar, exists side by side with their mystical teachings of the Katra? The Bajorans who unanimously claim that it is their spiritual beliefs that...' "

religious - fictional galaxy 2368 Neason, Rebecca. Guises of the Mind (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 18. Little Mothers:
[3] "'Back to our original subject,' Sister Julian said after an infinitesimal pause. 'Our Order was founded--in 1873... in Spain, on Earth. The country was torn by one of the many civil wards of that era. The need for us and for our work was very great. There were so many children whose families had been killed and whose villages had been destroyed. The first of our Sisters took these children into their convents, then built dormitories and infirmaries to house and care for them. They endeavored to raise the children in an atmosphere of love despite the ward that raged all around them. Our Order was given the name Mothers of the Hopeless.

'If you a student of history, Captain,' she continued, 'you know that the next two centuries were filled without outbreaks of war, and not only in Spain. Some of these wars were termed small wars of internal power struggles, other were global confrontations. They all left homeless, helpless children in their wake.' "

religious - fictional galaxy 2368 Neason, Rebecca. Guises of the Mind (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 18. Little Mothers:
[4] "'Then your work is mostly with homeless and war-traumatized children?' Riker asked.

'Oh no, Commander,' Sister Julian answered. 'That was only how our Order was established. Our work, our mission to use the Church term, is to provide a loving home for all children. Any child, regardless of need or condition, is taken in and cherished. And throughout the centuries there is little we have not seen--the homeless, the abused, the sick--sometimes terminally--the openly rebellious who are really looking for security, the autistic who are locked behind the curtain of their own minds, the mentally deficient, the physically challenged--all of them find a home within our walls.' "

religious - fictional galaxy 2368 Neason, Rebecca. Guises of the Mind (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 19. Little Mothers:
[5] "'But Earth, in fact most of the Federation worlds, have solved these problems,' Doctor Crusher said. 'Our planet is no longer torn apart by wars. Medical science can detect, & cure, most physical defects--often before birth--and our psychological sciences have learned how to overcome the mental conditions, like autism, that were so debilitating and such a frightening part of our past.'

Sister Julian smiled a little sadly. 'You are an idealist, Doctor... That is a good trait in a healer. No wars--not on Earth, but what about the war with the Cardassians? Cardassian children can be homeless and frightened and in need, too. And many of the other worlds within our galaxy do not feel the same way about their children as we humans do. That is why when we began encountering other worlds, other peoples and cultures, our Order took our mission from Earth to he stars. You would be surprised how many worlds ask for us to come and set up one of our homes on their planets.' "

religious - fictional galaxy 2368 Neason, Rebecca. Guises of the Mind (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 19. Little Mothers:
[6] "'So you no longer have any houses on Earth?' the captain asked. 'I thought I read--'

'Oh yes we do, Captain.' Sister Julian interrupted. 'Our main Mother House is on Earth--that will never change. But we have many Mother Houses now. Our home was on Perrias VII.'

Captain Picard's brow wrinkled slightly. 'Perrias VII,' he said slowly. 'That's not a member of the Federation.'

'No, Captain,' Sister Julian replied. 'It is not. But then, we are not ambassadors or members of Starfleet--nor do we have any political affiliations. If we hear of a need, we go.'

'How do such reports get to you?' Commander Riker asked.

Again Sister Julian smiled. 'Oh, they get to us. Sometimes, such as the case with Capulon IV, the government of a planet asks us to come. But that is more rare than I like to think. Usually it is word of mouth--rumors, news reports, even anonymous communiques. Word gets to us.' " [Much more.]

religious - fictional galaxy 2369 Friesner, Esther. To Storm Heaven (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 131. Ashkaarians:
"'The Ashkaarians worship the Lady of the Balances. It can be a difficult thing for any people to balance the things of science against the things of the spirit, but it is necessary. The Ne'elatians realized this in time. Too many other people never do. It is only unfortunate that they reached this realization at the same time that they rediscovered their surviving kindred on Ashkaar. They had two choices: to remake their spiritual life by seeking it within themselves--not a thing quickly or easily done--or to take what was already there on Ashkaar. You spoke against them so fiercely just now because they chose the easier way, and because you fear that their choice reflects badly on you, their distant kin.' "
religious - fictional galaxy 2369 Friesner, Esther. To Storm Heaven (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 132. Ashkaarians:
"'According to what you are saying, the Ne'elatians adopted the Ashkaarian's religious practices,' Data said. 'Why do you regard this as improper?'

'Because they did not adopt, they stole,' Lelys exclaimed. 'They came here in secret and took the trappings of this people's faith without the substance.'

'The Ne'elatians go through the motions of Ashkaarian rites, but they don't really know much about the underlying beliefs,' Riker added. 'They've been play-acting at something that's sacred to another people.'

'This is offensive?' Data asked.

'This is vile,' Lelys said. " [More.]

religious - fictional galaxy 2369 Friesner, Esther. To Storm Heaven (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 272. Ashkaarians:
"'Proper? According to whom?' Geordi laid his hand palm upward on the tabletop, waiting for hers to come to him while he spoke on. 'Listen to yourself, Ma'adrys. What are you saying? That the culture that produced you, and Bilik, and a spiritual life so rich it's nurtured two worlds is worthless?'

'I never--'

'Maybe what you've promised Bilik is too much. Maybe hari'imash will have no place in the Iskir of the future. But you can deal with it some other way than by turning your back on everything that's made you who you are.' "

religious - fictional galaxy 2369 Jeter, K. W. Bloodletter (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 21. Redemptorists:
"Odo's worries were justified, given the reputation of the Redemptorists as one of the most intractable elements in the overheated stew of Bajoran politics. They were more of a religious movement, a fundamentalist group opposed to the conciliatory mainstream faith headed by Kai Opaka. Fanaticism had inevitably progressed, as it seemed to on any world, to violence; several Redemptorists had been involved in terrorist activities directed against other Bajorans who didn't follow their particular annihilating creed. IN the murderous infighting that characterized the Bajoran splinter groups--the ever-shifting coalitions and temporary alliances and eventual drawing of daggers--the Redemptorists were notable for the ruthlessness by which they dealt with long-standing enemies and onetime friends alike.

'Those men are not murderers, Commander. They're all followers of the Redemptorists' political defense wing...' " [Many refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]

religious - fictional galaxy 2369 Wright, Susan. The Best and the Brightest (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 132. Trill:
"The Institute had accepted both of them the same year, but Jadzia was four years older than Moll, having already completed her Academy training. But in everything else, Moll was the most-favored Initiate at the Institute. She was clearly destined for a symbiont, while everyone else had to keep on their toes, competing with each other for the rare privilege. Moll had gotten the Enor symbiont a year before Jadzia was joined with Dax, during the period that Jadzia had been expelled from the Institute for reasons nobody knew. " [More.]
religious - fictional galaxy 2370 Archer, Nathan. Valhalla (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 138. Ashtarian:
"Enak was dismayed by the turn of the conversation; it had hoped to be accepted by the crew as a fellow being. Not necessarily as an equal--its memories of the tschak made it plain that they considered themselves the highest form of mortal life imaginable, scarcely a step below the Judges of the Dead, the chosen creation of the Universal Source--but at least as a companion and servant. " [Many other refs., not in DB. A sentient computer that believes in Ashterian religion is the central plot element of the novel.]
religious - fictional galaxy 2370 Archer, Nathan. Valhalla (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 149. Ashtarian:
"Fortunately, the histories covered that in detail. Ordinarily, souls did not travel through normal space when leaving their bodies; instead, they were instantaneously translated to a distant place called Heaven, where they stood before the Judges of the Dead, who decided their eternal fates. Some souls were sent back to visit their families in dreams, some were sent to wander forever in emptiness, some were forced to wait until a proper vengeance had been taken on those who had wronged them, and some were granted immediate admission to the various places in Heaven where they would exist in endless bliss forever after. Heroes of the tschak, which would include all those brave enough to explore the great emptiness of the stars, were guaranteed an eternal life in a special place set aside for them, where they need not be troubled by lesser beings. " [Much more, not in DB.]
religious - fictional galaxy 2370 Cox, Greg & John Gregory Betancourt. Devil in the Sky (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1995) Horta:
[Back cover:] "The Hortas of Janus VI are the greatest miners in the galaxy, capable of burning through solid rock the way humanoids move through air. Recruited to help rebuild Bajor's devastated mining industry, the Hortas could provide new hope for the planet's struggling economy.

But when Cardassian raiders abduct the Mother Horta, Commander Sisko finds himself stuck with twenty Horta eggs--and then the eggs begin to hatch . . .

While Major Kira leads a desperate rescue mission deep into Cardassian space, Commander Sisko faces a ravaging mass of newborn Hortas--uncontrollable, indestructible, and eager to consume Deep Space Nine itself! " [The Horta are the primary fictional species of this novel. Refs. throughout, not in DB, including extensive treatment of Horta culture, biology, religion, etc.]

religious - fictional galaxy 2371 Archer, Nathan. Ragnarok (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 21. "'the Hachai and the P'nir both have fearsome weapons, and they have thousands of warships cruising the cluster, shooting at everything the see.' " [In addition to the Hachai and P'nir, the fictional cultures whose conflict is the central plot element, other fictional cultures in the novel include Ocampa, Kazon, Klingon, Vulcan.]
religious - fictional galaxy 2371 Archer, Nathan. Ragnarok (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 22. "'Well,' Neelix continued, 'as a result of those tricks, the Hachai became understandably distrustful of anything unfamiliar that passed through their space. The last several ships that came into the cluster and attempted to trade with the Hachai were given one warning, then fired upon--the Hachai took them to be more P'nir trickery... The P'nir are . . . well, the P'nir are the P'nir. They live by a strict code of their own, a code that doesn't acknowledge the value of anything that's not part of the P'nir hierarchy. They don't recognize any authority or any rights but their own. I'd say that if the Hachai weren't fighting them, somebody else would be--they don't make friends easily... The P'nir have never been any good at trade; they prefer piracy...' "
religious - fictional galaxy 2371 David, Peter. Triangle: Imzadi II (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 18. Romulan:
"Saket, however... There was a dignity about him, a self-possession, even a nobility. Perhaps the thing that Riker found most refreshing was Saket's honesty. Saket seemed to have little to no patience for many of the Romulans in the modern empire. He told Riker with all earnestness that he felt as if the Romulan Empire had taken a wrong turn somewhere in its development. He particularly seemed to blame the Klingons for the modern-day situation. " [Many Romulan refs. throughout novel. They are the primary fictional antagonist race. The other major fictional races/cultures in novel are Klingon, Betazoid, and Cardassian.]
religious - fictional galaxy 2371 Peel, John. Objective: Bajor (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 55. "Hive, The":
"'You no doubt recall the time of the Two Hundred and Third Hive,' he said.

'Not personally,' Hosir answered, laughing. 'I'm not quite that ancient. But I know all the stories of the mutineers, and their overthrow, of course. And their attempts to change the Texts and alter our Great Design. But nothing came of it.'

'Not exactly,' Tork answered. 'You see, I studied the commentaries from the early Hives--Two Hundred and For through Seven specifically.'

Hosir's nose twitched. 'Now many now read those commentaries,' he said slowly. 'They've been considered obsolete and generally pretty foolish for fifty millennia. I hope you have not been too influenced by them.'

'Not the commentaries,' Tork agreed... 'I assure you, they are just as foolish as legend has it. No, what interested me is the way the scholars quoted the Texts. Their versions are very similar to ours...' " [Many other refs. to the Texts of the Hive (novel's central fictional culture), not in DB.]

religious - fictional galaxy 2371 Peel, John. Objective: Bajor (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 183. "Hive, The":
"He paused, deeply troubled, and then continued. 'He asked me a question: 'How do you know that the Two Hundred and Third Hive's rebellion failed?' And he refused to say anything more.'

It didn't make sense to Sahna. 'Of course the Two Hundred and Third Hive's rebellion failed,' she said, puzzled. 'We all know that. It is in our records. It is part of the sacred texts.' "

religious - fictional 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.'

'What's there that would help us?' Janeway asked.

'A lot of old ships. A looootttt of ships.' "

religious - fictional galaxy 2371 Wright, Susan. Dark Passions, Book Two (Star Trek: TNG/DS9/Voy). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 124. [Fictional cultures/races featured prominently in novel include Klingon, Cardassian, Bajoran, Trill, Betazoid, Vulcan. Less important ones include Pakled, Breen, Andorian.]
religious - fictional galaxy 2372 ab Hugh, Dafydd. The Final Fury (Star Trek: Voyager/Invasion! #4). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 69. Furies:
"'The Holy are many, but they are one. They have come from many planets, but so many years back it disappears into the haze of memory, even for them; they joined in heaven as the only rightful heirs of the divine.'

'But you still--maintain the separateness . . . .'

'The divinity of the Holy manifests as many points of a many-pointed star; but the pentagram describes the five great classes of being. I myself am of the family Sanoktisandaruval, of the second great class. My divine ancestors ruled as kings under the Autocrat. The Holy, though one, are yet separate species and cannot mix together, cannot dilute the separateness of the points.'

Ruled as kings . . .

There was not a shadow of a doubt in Tuvok's ravaged mind; the Sanoktisandaruval were the Ok'San, and they had ruled over Vulcan. "

religious - fictional galaxy 2372 Cox, Greg. The Black Shore (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 24. "'...has what the humans call a 'green thumb,' not that she's literally green of course, not like the Emerald Priestesses of Msyamysa. Now those are really green!...' "
religious - fictional galaxy 2372 Friedman, Michael Jan. Her Klingon Soul (Star Trek: Voyager; "Day of Honor " Book 3 of 4). New York: Pocket Books (1997) [Main fictional religion/culture/species in novel: Kazon and Klingon. Other, less discussed species include Ocampa, Talaxian, Vulcan, Zendak'aa.]
religious - fictional galaxy 2372 Garland, Mark A. & Charles G. McGraw. Ghost of a Chance (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 132. "'You mentioned a date,' Janeway said, following his gaze, as thoughts just beginning to turn fully around. 'The third crescent.'

'A religious event of some kind?' Kim suggested.

'Perhaps,' Nan Loteth said.

'You mean you don't know?' Janeway asked.

Nan Loteth looked skyward once more. 'I know only what I have seen through my glass. The third crescent is like the other two, but smaller, and not so full of holes.' "

religious - fictional galaxy 2372 Haber, Karen. Bless the Beasts (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 225. "'Years ago, the Micaszians worshiped the darra. but it was an old cult. I thought it had died out before I was born.'

'Worship? They worshiped the darra?' Paris stared at her in disbelief.

'They were fools to worship fish,' Marima said. Her voice shook with vehemence.

Paris assumed a mock-religious stance and intoned: 'The darra giveth and the darra taketh away.'

'Seriously,' Kim said. 'Isn't the reverence the Micazsians feel for the darra a form of worship.'

'I suppose,' Marima suddenly seemed very interested in organizing & arranging her hair.

'And... the Vandorrans have an opposing belief.'

Marima stopped fiddling with her hair to stare at him. 'It's not a belief.'

'Call it whatever you wish,' Kim countered. 'Say that your health is your religion. And in order to maintain it, you've got to slay to god of their religion.'

Nasal slits vibrating, Marima said, 'You're getting carried away, Harry.'

'Am I?...' " [More]

religious - fictional galaxy 2372 Lewitt, S. N. Cybersong (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 11. Tsranans:
"'I've never been there myself,' he had told her when they had discussed the route. 'But this planet is inhabited and their people are spacefaring. Not much, you understand. They're generally known to be rather insular, and their religion is very demanding. You can't ever tell when they'll be in the mood to trade, but I know they're there and that they grow crops of things we can eat.' "
religious - fictional galaxy 2372 Lewitt, S. N. Cybersong (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1996); pg. 186. Tsranans:
"'We are being consumed by this creature, which is no living thing but the evil spawn of consciousness,' the alien voice said. 'The deterioration has increased geometrically. The longer we are here, the faster our food spoils, the faster our power is drained. We are not sure which we will lose first--life-support or food.

'In any case, we are beyond help. We have called on the gods to no avail, and we have called on our elders to give us guidance in this extremity. But our elders have been silent, and the gods are content to laugh at our suffering. So be it. To amuse the gods is no small thing.

'If they are our gods. There are some here who say our enemy wears the guises of the Beloveds only in order to entrap us. But how could this alien thing, this construct, know who it is we worship? Or who we think is the Created of Beauty?

'And so we are frozen here...' " [More, not in DB.]

religious - fictional galaxy 2372 Scott, Melissa. The Garden (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1997) [Fictional races/species in novel include Kazon, Vulcan, Ocampa, Talaxian, with focus on the two Delta Quadrant fictional species at the center of the novel: the Kirse and the Andirrim.]
religious - fictional galaxy 2372 Wilson, David Niall. Chrysalis (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 261. Kazon:
"'It is a particularly tasty tea--I stole the recipe from the Kazon. Besides the flavor, this blend has the particular effect of bringing one's nature into balance--it is used in Kazon religious practices to calm one before combat...' "
religious - fictional galaxy 2372 Wilson, David Niall. Chrysalis (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 5. Pg. 5: "'You know, Captain,' [Neelix] said at last, 'there are rumors about this planet among my people, stories I as told as a child, but that I never paid any attention to. The stories were sort of magical, tales of huge stone temples and ruined cities. They spoke of a race who lived here once, quite an advanced civilization, from all accounts...' "; Pg. 6: "'They found them in the middle of a jungle, as he told it. Grand ruins with huge stone pillars and temples, lush gardens--but there was no evidence of a society that could have developed them. All signs of civilization had vanished, leaving the ruins to mark their passing...' " [Other refs., not in DB.]
religious - fictional galaxy 2372 Wilson, David Niall. Chrysalis (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 30. "'I am Vok,' he said in a light musical singsong. 'I am High Priest of the gardens, keeper of the ancients, one with the voice of the spirits and the lord of the Ambiana... My people prefer to make their homes in the caverns of the ancients,' Vok said. 'The light is not a friendly place for us. We come to the gardens for ceremonies and worship, for meditation, but we spend most of our hours beneath the ground.' " [More here. Many other refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]
religious - fictional galaxy 2372 Wilson, David Niall. Chrysalis (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 263. "It was becoming obvious that, despite their caution, they'd overlooked a great many things. The Awakening. She'd heard the Urrythans speaking of it, she'd seen the inscriptions, seen the pillars--had they been some sort of cocoon? They'd looked upon all of it as superstition, religious mumbo jumbo. The Urrythans had their faith, as Janeway herself and the others of her crew had their own faiths, and yet she had been too blind to see beyond the differences, too blind to notice how much of what had been said and written was born out by the events and circumstances that had surrounded her. " [More.]
religious - fictional galaxy 2373 David, Peter. Fire on High (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 39. Zondarian:
"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. That was just a tad too mystical and over the top as far as Soleta was concerned. Far more likely there had been some sort of freak storm occurrence that had been responsible for hauling Ontear away to his 'eternal reward.'

But she was further intrigued by reports that Captain Calhoun had made to her, namely of seeing some sort of ghostly image in the cave while he had been a captive there. That was something that neither he nor she had been quite able to explain... What was more disturbing, though, was that Burgoyne had likewise claimed to have encountered the phantasmic shade... "

religious - fictional galaxy 2373 David, Peter. Fire on High (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 43. Zondarian:
Pg. 43: "Soleta reentered the cave, the one where not all that long before, Captain Calhoun had been held prisoner by a Zondarian holy man who not only believed that Calhoun was the messiah, but that it was his duty to kill the aforementioned messiah for the sake of his world. ";

Pg. 64: "'My name is Ontear,' he said in a very distracted fashion...

'Ontear. The Ontear who died five hundred years ago, carried away at the hands of mysterious gods?'

...'Say again?'

'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.'

And with an expression of gentle sadness he asked, 'Is that what happens to me?' " [Other refs. to Zondarian religion, not in DB.]

religious - fictional galaxy 2373 David, Peter. Martyr (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 60. Redeemers:
[1] "They were not great believers in luxuries or comfort. They felt that it was anathema for their chosen way of life. Theirs, instead, was a life of sacrifice, of thoughtful contemplation, of reading over their holy books. And--most sacred of all--complete domination of any worlds which did not fall into accord with their dogma.

They had a variety of names among many races, usually spoken in fear or hushed whispers. The name that they preferred for themselves was simply . . .

The Redeemers.

They lived in simple homes, and their main gathering place was the Great Hall, the single most impressive structure on Tulaan. That is to say, it was impressive by Tulaan standards. Several stories tall, with spires reaching toward the sky as if trying to caress it, and atop the Hall was a statue carved from a gleaming metal that seemed to absorb even the most meager of illumination as provided by the several Tulaan moons. "

religious - fictional galaxy 2373 David, Peter. Martyr (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 61. Redeemers:
[2] "It was a statue of someone that no living Redeemer had ever seen, but his portraits hung everywhere, and elaborate statues were among the few indulgences that the Redeemers allowed themselves. probably because they did not consider them 'indulgences' so much as objects of worship and respect.

They were representations of the great god, Xant. He Who Had Gone On. He Who Would Return. And the Overlord awaited His return, as had all the Overlords before him, and all those who would likely come after him.

Prime One entered the Overlord's sanctuary and found him much as he always found him: seated in his Great Chair, his fingers steepled, apparently lost in thought. The Overlord's deepest thoughts were generally something that none of the Redeemers, no matter how high up in the Hierarchy, wanted to dwell on for very long. " [Extensive other refs. throughout novel. The Redeemers are one of novel's two main fictional religions.]

religious - fictional galaxy 2373 David, Peter. Martyr (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 62. Redeemers:
"Prime One said nothing, merely standing there and waiting for the Overlord to acknowledge his presence. This was not necessarily an immediate or swift event; once he had remained exactly where he was for the better part of a day as the Overlord said nothing. Prime One had never been entirely sure whether the Overlord knew he was there and merely elected to let him stand around as some sort of test, or if the Overlord was truly so lost in thought or mediation that he didn't register Prime One's presence. In the end, it didn't really matter: Prime One had waited until the Overlord chose to acknowledge him.

On this occasion, Prime One was fortunate. He waited a mere hour before the Overlord's attention finally focused on him. 'Yes?' said the Overlord.

'There is important news, Overlord.' Prime One was so excited about it that he actually took a step forward. Any sort of approach to the Overlord was a breach of protocol and potentially punishable... "

religious - fictional galaxy 2373 David, Peter. Martyr (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 108. Xenexian:
"'...If they want to think of me as some sort of 'Savior,' let them. Let them think I'm God from on high. Let them think I'm J'e'n't, the Three-Headed Xenexian God of Lightning, for all I care. As long as it gets them seated across from each other at a negotiation table, talking with one another, then my job is done.' "
religious - fictional galaxy 2373 David, Peter. Martyr (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 159. Zondarian:
"They looked at each other, scowling across the table, and then slowly Quinzix rose on somewhat shaky legs, for Quinzix was not as young as he once was. 'The Eenza religion,' he said slowly, 'places the Eenza above all others on this world. It is their belief that, at the time of judgment, it will be the Eenza who are given preferential treatment at the hands of the one who sits in judgment over all. We of the Unglza believe that they are wrong. We believe that the Unglza will be valued most highly. And we consider it an affront to us, and a self-worshiping elevation of the Eenza, for them to think otherwise.'

...'He oversimplifies, Lord Cwan. The truth is that once the Eenza and Unglza were as one. But individual caste and family members desired to take control of the leadership, determined to force out the Eenza leaders. To do whatever was necessary to take over the governing and land that they desired. It all comes down to territory...' " [More]

religious - fictional galaxy 2373 Golden, Christie. Marooned (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 6. "'By the Makers,' he breathed, 'she's--'

'Beautiful?' prompted Dhad eagerly. "

religious - fictional galaxy 2373 Wright, Susan. The Badlands, Book Two (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 255. Dominion:
"Inside the Kamiat Nebula, Weyoun gave the last orders for the Jem'Hadar to repair their vessel. Several of the Jem'Hadar had sickened and quickly died from the tetryon radiation. But Weyoun and Dukat had received only low doses of radiation. Weyoun considered that to be a sign of good fortune from the gods. " [Other refs. to Dominion/Jem'Hadar religion, not in DB.]
religious - fictional galaxy 2374 David, Peter. Dark Allies (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 49. Redeemers:
" he stood at the foot of the statue representing the great God Xant, He Who Had Gone On, He Who Would Return. He knew in his heart, of course, that the statue was not divine in and of itself. It was simply a representation of the Great One himself, built by all-too-mortal hands of Redeemer acolytes many years before. It felt cold to the touch of the Overlord's obsidian hands, and his eyes glowed cold red in the chill of the night air.

'Great Xant,' he whispered. 'Help me in this . . . your followers' darkest hour.'

Truthfully, he was not at all sure what he was hoping to accomplish. Nothing, probably. Anything that happened as a result of this impromptu 'communion' with the great statue would come out of his own mind, rather than some actual link to the departed Xant. " [Many more refs. to the Redeemers and Xant throughout novel, not in DB. The novel is highly focused on this explicitly religious group.]

religious - fictional galaxy 2374 David, Peter. The Quiet Place (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 159. Redeemers:
"'From the configurations, it's a Redeemer ship,' said Xyon, and he sounded rather worried.

She couldn't blame him. Even on the relatively isolated world of Montos, the might of the Redeemers was well known. An aggressive religious sect that maintained its home on Tulaan IV, the Redeemers were a missionary race intent on spreading the word of the return of their primary God, Xant. The only thing that had proven a deterrent to the Redeemers was the presence of the Thallonians.

But with the Thallonians out of the picture, the Redeemers very much believed that their time had come to seize their rightful place as the preeminent race in the galaxy. Using their homeworld as a base, they were prepared to launch a holy war, converting all nearby worlds to their beliefs through any means necessary. And if a selected world was populated by inveterate nonbelievers, then genocide was also an option. " [Many other refs., not in DB.]

religious - fictional galaxy 2374 Forstchen, William R. Forgotten War (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 5. Tarn:
"The Tarn stood before the group, his cold eyes shifting back and forth. His bearing was stiff, accentuating his height. Clothed in the dress uniform of a Tarn warrior, a scarlet coat ribbed with silver and a navy blue sash extending from one shoulder down the length of his back and attacked to the opposite hip, he made an impressive and rather intimidating show of restrained strength. Etched into his reptilian forehead was a pewter-colored tattoo of five small stars in a circle.

Riker made a gesture to Harna's forehead, and to the tattoo, which revealed his clan.

'Of the Kala circle, the royal line. We are honored. I am of the circle Riker, of old America, of Earth, and my circle is unblemished.

...The diplomatic protocol was all rather interesting. If Karish had arrived as an actual representative of the Tarn government, it would have been Picard who greeted him first... " [Other refs. throughout novel.]

religious - fictional galaxy 2374 Friedman, Michael Jan. Day of Honor (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 141. Betazoid:
"'Stately,' the Doctor said out loud. 'Even regal,' But then, as a guest of the Fifth House of Betazed, he had expected no less...

The sun filtered through the canopy, glinting off the ancient silver chalice that graced a marble stand within.

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, observed by young and old alike... " [More.]

religious - fictional galaxy 2374 Friedman, Michael Jan. Planet X. New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 2. Xhaldians:
"Without benefit of food or water, Erid made the long climb up to Otros Paar, the legendary Field of Heaven. When he got there, he saw the dozen tall, lonely stacks of rocks that awaited him.

Erid chose the pile farthest from the ruddy light of the setting sun and, therefore, nearest the light of the sun that would rise the next morning. Then he climbed the rocks, laid one on top of the other in ancient times, until he reached the highest and most precarious of them.

Sitting, he crossed his legs. Then he took a breath and composed himself, his light clothing barely any help against the cutting lash of the wind. Putting aside all thoughts of the life he had led to that point, thoughts both good and bad, he began to sing.

It was the way it had been done by his ancestors for the last seven hundred and fifty years. It was what tradition demanded of him. And Erid was only too eager to comply. "

religious - fictional galaxy 2374 Friedman, Michael Jan. Planet X. New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 3. Xhaldians:
"As he sat there shivering, he was again haunted by thoughts of the one who should have been with him at Vuuren Pass. Anger and resentment rose in him. And pain as well.

No, he told himself. You must clear your mind, driving away such thoughts as the clouds have been driven from the sky.

Closing his eyes, Erid dropped deeper into his song, seeking solace. He wrapped it about him like a cloak against the chill, and in time his thoughts became pure again.

He pursued mystery after mystery, seeking who he was and who he might yet be. He came up with questions, a great many of them, but nothing at all in the way of answers.

Not at first, anyway.

Then, with the first pale hint of dawn, a change began to take place in Erid. As the wind lost its edge and the land grew still, the answers he craved started to come to him, one after the other--slowly at first, and then in a dizzying, breathtaking rush... "

religious - fictional galaxy 2374 Friedman, Michael Jan. Planet X. New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 2-3. Xhaldians:
"So he sat there, alone under the terrible and unexpected brightness of the stars, and sang psalms to the inclinations of his spirit. Nor was it like any other spirit in all the universe--his elders had assured Erid of that again and again.

All he had to do was sing the song, they had said, and he would find the elements that made him unique . . . The elements that finally and irrevocably made him Erid Sovar.

For a brief time, the stars were obscured by a herd of gray clouds. Erid felt a cold, eventually numbing sizzle of rain, but he sang his way through it. Then the rain stopped, and the clouds dissipated, leaving only a few breeze-rippled puddles as evidences of their passing. " [The Xhaldians are the primary fictional culture of this novel. Many refs. to their culture and religion throughout novel, only a few in DB.]

religious - fictional galaxy 2374 Golden, Christie. Seven of Nine (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 3. Pg. 3: "Skedan technology was advanced. There was no mistaking the images that now swarmed onto the screen. Large, square cubes, bristling with sharp gray edges. Crawling with beings that were an offense to She-Who-Creates--monstrous hybrids of the biological, the natural, and the technological, the artificial. Beings without conscience, without souls, who descended like the wrath of He-Who-Destroys to obliterate entire species. ";

Pg. 40: "'No need, Commander. When you have traveled as poorly and as long as we have, any place out of the wind and rain seems like a blessing from the One-Who-Makes Herself...' "; Pg. 111: "Tamaak said a quick prayer to She-Who-Creates to protect them. He hoped that it would be enough. " [Other refs. to fictional religious groups, cultures, species, etc., not in DB.]

religious - fictional galaxy 2374 Golden, Christie. Seven of Nine (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 27. "'O most gracious commander, Killer of the Warms, Slayer of those who are not holy, Victor of the battle of . . .' Kraa listened patiently, staring at the dancing lights that comprised the easiest and most precise form of communication between Tuktaks. "
religious - fictional galaxy 2374 Kotani, Eric. Death of a Neutron Star (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1999) [This novel places an unusually heavy emphasis on astronomical phenomena. Fictional species/cultures mentioned are Klingon (B'Elanna), Klingon (Tuvok), and Talaxian (Neelix), but next to nothing is said about their cultural backgrounds. Fictional species/cultures unique to this novel are Lekk and Qavok, but next to nothing is said about the religion of their cultures.]
religious - fictional galaxy 2374 Taylor, Jeri. Pathways (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1999; c. 1998); pg. 285. [Chapter 10, pg. 285-338, presents Neelix's story, which deals heavily with Talaxian history and culture. One emphasis of the story is on some specific family holidays and the traditional celebrations associated with them. Chapter 12, pg. 349-403, presents Kes's story, and contains extensive information about Ocampa religion and culture, and also significant amounts of information about the Kazon. Chapter 14, pg. 413-481, presents Tuvok's personal history, and contains extensive information on Vulcan culture and religion.]
religious - fictional galaxy 2374 Vornholt, John. Gemworld: Book One (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 91. Pg. 91: "'Captain,' said Pazlar with a pained expression, 'the shell isn't just a machine, especially to the Jeptah. It's a holy relic from the days of the Ancients. It's the Sacred Protector.' "; Pg. 92: "'...The Jeptah are on many of the teams which serve the Sacred Protector, but they serve at the will of the Exalted Ones. We will meet you at the Ninth Processing Gate on the shell in one shadow mark.' " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
religious - fictional galaxy 2375 David, Peter. Excalibur: Renaissance (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 17. Hermat:
"'There is a prophecy . . . a Hermat prophecy, going back centuries. A prophecy that says there will come a child . . . a child who is Hermat, but not of Hermat . . . a child with pointed ears and alien head, but of Hermat heart. One who will unite the fractious Hermat population and guide us forward into a golden age. And the prophesied child . . . could very will be our son.'

Selar was stunned. She looked from the baby back to Burgoyne. 'Is any of that true?' she inquired.

...'No. It's all lies,' s/he admitted. 'But it sounded good, didn't it?' "

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