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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2020 4:08 p.m. PST

"Prophecies, ancient sisterhoods, a bible that's orange for some reason. Religion in Dune can be a bit confusing. To help, io9 parsed the main, spoiler-free stuff you need to know before Denis Villeneuve's adaptation arrives this December.

Of course, the biggest question of all might be: What is religion in Dune? That depends on who you ask. For some, like the Fremen, it's a way of life. But for the people in power, it's a political tool. Many of the folks in the upper echelon of Dune's world—like the Spacing Guild, which controls all interstellar travel–are agnostic. Even the Bene Gesserit doesn't consider itself to be a religious group, but its members fuel belief in others to serve their own ends. That's because Frank Herbert's series was designed to examine the intersection of religion and politics, partially inspired by growing up in Catholicism…"
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