Created By: LordGroAugust 6, 2012 Last Edited By: LordGroSeptember 11, 2012
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Sacred Literature

An index for books considered sacred by any religion.

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Books that are considered sacred by at least one religion. For sacred books as a trope in fiction, see Sacred Scripture.

Note that not every text concerned with religion is also considered sacred. For instance, within Christianity, the Bible is considered holy but theological or devotional literature, the Lives of Saints, and Christian fiction are not.

Also, the status of a text as sacred may be ambiguous even within a single religion, as one branch of a religion may regard a specific text sacred while another doesn't. For the purpose of this index, it is enough if one branch regards it as sacred.

See also Mythology and Wisdom Literature for related genres which frequently overlap with Sacred Literature.

Christianity

Discordianism

Ancient Greek Religion

Hinduism

Islam

Judaism

K'iche' Maya Religion

Ancient Mesopotamian Religion(s)

Pastafarianism
Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • August 6, 2012
    LordGro
    Split off from the "Sacred Scriptures" YKTTW, now renamed to Fantastic Sacred Book.
  • August 6, 2012
    ArcadesSabboth
    Added:

    Popol Vuh (K'iche' Maya) note: "Mayan" is incorrect spelling

    Enuma Elish (Mesopotamian)

    Inannas Descent To The Netherworld (Mesopotamian)

  • August 6, 2012
    LordGro
    Thanks -- I had the Popol Vuh at the back of my head but I always forgot to add it.
  • August 9, 2012
    LordGro
    Any criticisms? Does it need more description, and is the name okay? If it's okay, please give hats!
  • August 9, 2012
    lexicon
    Please add The Book Of Mormon either under Christianity or Mormonisim.
  • August 9, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    What is the connection to storytelling?
  • August 9, 2012
    miru
  • August 9, 2012
    LordGro
    ^^ It's a works index, not a trope.
  • August 9, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    An index of... works of fiction, right? I don't disagree, but imagine someone will be offended by the implication that their religious text is fictitious, not to mention the potential for deliberate attempts at offense (see ^^). I don't see the value that justifies this cost.

    Anyway, this list already exists: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_text
  • August 10, 2012
    Xtifr
    Discordianism
  • August 10, 2012
    LordGro
    @rodneyAnonymous: I don't share your concerns. All these works are already on the wiki. If we want to avoid every possibility that someone feels offended because they think these works being featured on the wiki implies they are works of fiction, then we have to delete all of these books from the wiki.

    And we already collect Non Fiction Literature, so being featured on the wiki doesn't imply that we invariably consider a work fiction.

    As for the connection to storytelling -- most of these works are narratives, or have substantial narrative parts; and we do even have pages for some non-narrative works, for even those works can use (invoke, discuss, etc.) tropes.

    Like all works indices on the wiki, it is not designed as an exhaustive list of all books in the world fitting the definition, but an index of work pages on the wiki, intended to help users browse and search the wiki. In fact, most of the works indices on the wiki will have a counterpart on The Other Wiki, but that doesn't concern us.

    It's defined as "Books that are considered sacred by at least one religion." That is an objective criterion. The Origin of Species does clearly not fit. Nobody regards it as "holy". As for Principia Discordia, we might consider it lumping it with The Gospel Of The Flying Spaghetti Monster under "genre parodies".
  • August 10, 2012
    Xtifr
    I assure you that Discordianism is a real religion, not a parody to prove a point like the FSM. It has strong ties with the neo-Pagan community, and many Discordians take it as seriously as is possible for a religion that comes with strict instruction to take nothing too seriously. Lumping it under genre parodies would be, frankly, insulting.

    Granted, the number of people who are sincere about Discordianism is probably small, but There's No Such Thing As Notability.
  • August 13, 2012
    lexicon
    Instead of saying "For more on this type of texts" I think it would be more clear if you say that Sacred Scripture is writings that are considered holy for fictitious people.
  • September 2, 2012
    ArcadesSabboth
    Alright, I added Principia Discordia.

    Should this include a link to Mythology and Wisdom Literature, and something about how many such texts contain some material from these genres? They don't have their pages launched yet.
  • September 2, 2012
    Xtifr
    Mentioning related tropes is always a good idea, even if you have to come back and do it after the related tropes launch.
  • September 8, 2012
    karstovich2
    You might want to mention that this is an index in the head text. Otherwise, I say--why hasn't this been launched already?
  • September 8, 2012
    LordGro
    Yes, it's a literature index, not a trope (the trope is Sacred Scripture).

    I'm inclined to expand the description a bit more, even if it repeats some of description on Sacred Scripture. Going to launch it soon, if no further objections are raised.

    Edit: Eh, I don't like repetition. Launching as is.

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