Stranger in a Strange Land
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At this point the being sprung from human genes and shaped by Martian thought, who could never be either, completed one stage of his growth, burst out and ceased to be a nestling. (24.124)
One sentence, sure, but a key point in Mike's transformation. His human genes and Martian thought seem to blend during this coming-of-age in a unique and individual way. And after all, it's the blending of individual and culture that cause many of the transformations in the novel.
"[Foster] borrowed from Freemasonry, Catholicism, the Communist Party, and Madison Avenue just as he borrowed from earlier scriptures in composing his New Revelation." (27.124)
The growth of a Fosterism comes from the sampling of various other religions and institutions and transforming them to fit into a cohesive whole. Mike's Church of All Worlds takes a similar stance, drawing from Mike's experiences on Earth. Read carefully and tell us: which of Mike's experiences combine to form the basis of the Church?
The Man from Mars kissed his new brother first on her mouth, then kissed the spot Foster had kissed. He pondered, briefly by Earth time, picked a corresponding spot on the other side where George's design could be match—kissed her there […] Mrs. Paiwonski looked down. Marked on her, paired stigmata in blood red, were his lips. (27.209-211)
Pat's tattoos are a physical representation of the transformations she undergoes as a person. Each one depicts an event or experience that changed her. In a way, they parallel the way Mike's body transforms from boyish to manly as his world experiences change him, too.