Fannish religionists have bowed to such Ghods and foolosofies as Foofoo, Ghu, The Great Spider, Herbie, Ignatz, Khamsin, Melvin, Roscoe, Saint Mimi O. Graf, Phthalo, Fancestor Worship, Bheer and the Cosmic Circle.
|From Fancyclopedia 2, ca. 1959
|The ghod-lore of fandom -- distinguish, please, from its mythology, which concerns fans themselves as a rule. The source of these deities is indicated by Art Rapp in the verses below, and otherwise in his observation that the fannish religions, as explained under "Ghods", are sublimations of our actual impulses in religious matters.
Each fan sometime in his career
To Inner Voices lends an ear
And with true fannish asininity
On fandom foists a new divinity.
It has been done before, he knows,
As when the glorious Ghu arose
And gathered in believers true
Until opposed by famous Foo.
Then Cosmic Circle had its birth:
"To hell with heaven; Clod's on earth!"
And it might be alive today
If Clod had washed his feet of clay.
Then Mighty Roscoe's Cult arose
(As every SPACEWARP reader knows)
Interpreted by deacons three:
Rick Sneary, Edmund Cox, and me.
The moral of this history, fan,
Is: Cults ain't founded by one slan;
Attempts by two make fandom nod,
For only T'ree can make a ghod.
More seriously, fans have been known to avow Astrology, Atheism, Christianity, the Church of All Worlds, Discordianism, Judaism, Rosicrucianism, Scientology, Theosophy and, likely, every other faith of the macrocosm.
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