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Terry Pratchett
The Discworld series

13th novel – 4th individual story
Outline
Characters: Brutha
Om
Locations: Omnia
Ephebe
Motifs: Religion, Philosophy
Publication details
Year of release: 1992
Original publisher: Victor Gollancz
Hardback ISBN: ISBN 0-06-017750-0
Paperback ISBN: ISBN 0-552-13890-8
Other details
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Small Gods is the thirteenth of Terry Pratchett's popular Discworld novels, published in 1992. It tells the origin of the god Om, and his relations with his prophet, the reformer Brutha. In the process, it satirises religious institutions, people, and practices, and the role of religion in political life. Omnianism bears a resemblance in some aspects to other monotheistic religions, particularly Islam and Christianity. While the dominant tone is cheerful cynicism, the author concludes on a spiritual note. Image File history File links Circle-question. ... Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... Cover of an early edition of The Colour of Magic; art by Josh Kirby Discworld is a comedic fantasy book series by the British author Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which are in turn standing on the back of... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (544x800, 292 KB)Small Gods cover, from http://www. ... This article details minor Discworld characters; characters from the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett who only appear in the background, or who have only had a brief starring role. ... See also: Discworld magic The Discworld gods are the fictional deities from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... Omnia is a fictional country in the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett. ... EPHEBE is either the anglicisized form (via the French Éphèbe) of the Greek word Ephebos a location of Discworld ... The philosopher Socrates about to take poison hemlock as ordered by the court. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Victor Gollancz (April 9, 1893–February 8, 1967) was a British publisher, socialist, and humanitarian. ... See also: Discworld magic The Discworld gods are the fictional deities from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... Cover of an early edition of The Colour of Magic; art by Josh Kirby Discworld is a comedic fantasy book series by the British author Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which are in turn standing on the back of... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... The Great God Om is a fictional deity in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... This article details minor Discworld characters; characters from the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett who only appear in the background, or who have only had a brief starring role. ... 1867 edition of the satirical magazine Punch, a British satirical magazine, ground-breaking on popular literature satire. ... Religious is a term with both a technical definition and folk use. ... Institutions are structures and mechanisms of social order and cooperation governing the behavior of two or more individuals. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      Politics is defined as a group of people who are influenced to change laws and other such things to make the world a better place the process by which groups of people make decisions. ... For the Celtic Frost album, see Monotheist (album) In theology, monotheism (from Greek one and god) is the belief in the existence of one deity or God, or in the oneness of God. ... Islam (Arabic:  ) is a monotheistic religion based upon the teachings of Muhammad, a 7th century Arab religious and political figure. ... Christianity percentage by country, purple is highest, orange is lowest Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch... This article is about the ancient Greek school of philosophy. ...

Contents

Vorbis

The character of Vorbis is one that may interest any reader interested in questions regarding institutional religion, heresy, and the direct communication between God and Man. Vorbis has a reputation for being a man touched by destiny (and 'perhaps something else') and as being one of the most devout Omnians in the Empire ('Vorbis could humble himself in a way that made the posturings of power-mad emperors look subservient') yet in the end the reader finds that the only voice Vorbis has been listening to is his own. This article details minor Discworld characters; characters from the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett who only appear in the background, or who have only had a brief starring role. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... This article details minor Discworld characters; characters from the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett who only appear in the background, or who have only had a brief starring role. ... An Omnian is someone who practices a religion that appears on the Discworld, created by Terry Pratchett. ...


Timeframe

This book is the source of some controversy among Discworld fans, as they cannot decide whether it takes place 100 years before all the other books, or takes place in the same timeframe save for the ending, which is 100 years after. Pratchett himself has never really clarified the issue, and indeed seems to get some amusement out of deliberately not answering. Something of an explanation was provided in Thief of Time, where it is suggested that two centuries became enmeshed during that period, and so the question is actually unanswerable. Death, however, had a clear time frame of it, mentioning in Thief of Time that the prophet Brutha proved a chapter of the Book of Om to be a metaphor a hundred years ago. It is worth noting, however, that in Carpe Jugulum, a discussion between Omnian priest Mightily Oats and the witch Granny Weatherwax suggests that the events took place several generations ago. In addition, a number of the Discworld books feature Constable Visit, an Omnian-turned-policeman; if the events of Small Gods had happened in a similar timeframe to the other Discworld books, Constable Visit's presence would have been dubious. Some believe that as Small Gods features some philosophers that also feature in the book Pyramids, and Pyramids features the same head-of-the-assassins-guild as Men At Arms, this means that it does indeed feature in the same time frame as some of the other books. However, it is also stated in Thief of Time that Epheban philosophers may pass their names down through the generations. Thief of Time is the 26th Discworld novel written by Terry Pratchett. ... Thief of Time is the 26th Discworld novel written by Terry Pratchett. ... Carpe Jugulum is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the twenty third in the Discworld series. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of Discworld characters. ... A major subset of the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett involves the witches of Lancre. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Coat of arms of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. ... Pyramids is the seventh Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, published in 1989. ... For the novel by Evelyn Waugh, see Sword of Honour. ...


Adaptation

In 2006 the book was adapted as a serial on BBC Radio 4. [1] For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of chiefly spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ...


Translations

  • Малки богове (Bulgarian)
  • Malí bohové (Czech)
  • Kleingoderij (Dutch)
  • Väikesed jumalad (Estonian)
  • Pienet jumalat (Finnish)
  • Les Petits Dieux (French)
  • Einfach göttlich (German)
  • Kisistenek (Hungarian)
  • Små guder (Norwegian)
  • Pomniejsze bóstwa (Polish)
  • Мелкие боги (Russian)
  • Mali Bogovi (Serbian)
  • Dioses menores (Spanish)
  • Små gudar (Swedish)

External links

  • Annotations for Small Gods
  • Quotes from Small Gods
  • Synopsis of Small Gods
Reading Order Guide
Preceded by
Witches Abroad
13th Discworld Novel Succeeded by
Lords and Ladies
Preceded by
Troll Bridge
4th Individual Story
Published in 1990
Succeeded by
The Truth

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Small Gods - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (371 words)
Small Gods is a novel by Terry Pratchett, the thirteenth part of the popular Discworld series.
Pratchett tells the origin of the god Om, and his relations with his prophet, the reformer Brutha; in the process Pratchett satirises religion, religious people and practices, and the role of religion in political life.
It is worth noting, however, that in Carpe Jugulum, a discussion between Omnian priest Mightily Oats and the witch Granny Weatherwax suggests that the events took place several generations ago.
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