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YMMV / Small Gods

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  • Genius Bonus:
    • When Om re-ascends to full godhood, it's described as "theophany", Ancient Greek for "the appearance of a God". Which it certainly is.
    • Ephebe is a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of Greece. The name of the country derives from the Greek word for an adolescent boy, making it a sly reference to the Greek practice of pederasty.
    • "Septateuch" is a reference to the first five books of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, sometimes called the Pentateuch.
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    • Brutha has the nickname of the "Dumb Ox" - as did St. Thomas Aquinas, known for bridging Christian theology and Greek philosophy.
  • Growing the Beard: While there's naturally some disagreement among fans about when the series really became its best, this is the latest book you're likely to hear named as that moment.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: Pratchett got letters from Christians who found Brutha to be a position depiction of a person of faith.
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  • Moral Event Horizon: Vorbis, being head of the Quisition, seems to have crossed this point well before the start of the book. The death of Brother Murduck happened quite a while ago, and his plan to get through the desert, clearly costing a lot of lives, was even before that.
  • The Woobie: Brutha, very much so. Also an Iron Woobie, since he goes through all of that without losing his good nature or morality.

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