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Alia Atreides was worshipped during her life, as a reflected image of Muad'dib, carrying on his work. But after her death she was worshipped as a divine godhead of her own. Her title as "The Womb of Heaven" was adopted by the Cults as a far more hallowed connotation (her lesser titles were discarded).

The followers of Alia followed The Book of Alia.

The first recorded Cult of Alia was established in Arrakeen in 10970 during the rule of Leto II, perhaps as a reaction against his rule: worshipping an older, dead goddess, was a form of rebellion against a new deity who would outlive humanity's posterity. The heresy was not encouraged. When any word of membership get back to one of Leto's priests, the consequences could be dangerous.

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