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The Bene Gesserit are a powerful and ancient order of women in Frank Herbert's "Dune" universe. Their actions formed a critical element in the evolution of humanity and many of the major plot developments. Always use in conjunction with the [dune] tag.

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Why was it such a big deal when Jessica decided to have a male child? Surely she could get pregnant again?

I read Dune several years ago, and this has always bothered me. Jessica's decision to bear a male child was such a big deal amongst the Bene Gesserit that they call it 'The Jessica Crime'. However I ...
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Did Bene Gesserit believe in god?

Bene Gesserit used religious beliefs to further their goals (Missionaria Protectiva). But did Bene Gesserit themselves hold genuine religious belief (e.g. in a supernatural power, preferably in a ...
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Was Jessica the only Bene Gesserit who majorly violated her orders?

The main plot of Dune revolves around the fact that Jessica, as Duke Leto Atreides' concubine, chose to bear him a son out of love for him, when the Kwisatz Haderach breeding program was dependent ...
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Dune: Are Bene Gesserit abilities "magical/supernatural", or natural in-universe?

Specifically, I’m wondering if Bene Gesserit have actual “magic” (supernatural) abilities with their words, or if it’s simply psychological tricks using inflection, tone, and specific words. Gesserit ...
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Did Bene Gesserit have any contingency plan in case of Lady Jessica's death?

Bene Gesserit are very angry at Jessica, because she gave birth to a son instead of a daughter. Yup, thats a tough one - 10 000 years of planning for the coming of Kwizats Haderach is at risk. Things ...
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Dune: Appendix III Who/What controlled the higher dimensional plan?

Appendix III: Report on the Bene Gesserit Motives and Purposes On the surface it would seem that the Golden Path of Leto II was that plan and he was in charge, but he was not alive during the Arrakis ...
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Dune saga: Bene Gesserit philosophy origins?

The Bene Gesserit sisterhood show similarities to orders of Catholic or Buddhist nuns, with their discipline, austerity, and high levels of education and organization ("gesserit" possibly alluding to ...
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Why did the Bene Gesserit want to breed the Kwisatz Haderach?

It's been a while since I've read the Dune series. Something I was never quite clear on was why did the Bene Gesserit (BG) want to breed the Kwisatz Haderach (KH) at all? I understand that the BG ...
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