"Hallowed are the Ori."
―The Book of Origin[src]

A prop of the Book of Origin

Book of Origin

A copy of the Book of Origin

The Book of Origin is the religious text of the Origin faith, printed in Ancient. The book is an assemblage of parables and passages that the common man can relate to and live by. All topics tend to lean toward meditation on one's own significance and the path of righteousness towards a state of higher being. It also emphasizes the greatness of the Ori. The book acknowledges the Ori's rivalry with the Ancients, but twists the history of the conflict between the two factions. Worlds under Ori rule are filled with copies of these books. It is traditional to bring a copy to Prostration. It was originally written when the Ori posed as gods with good intentions, and for such reason the stories teach of kindness and forgiving to one another but as the Ori grew corrupted they allowed the Priors to twist the stories and verses to suit their needs, such as destroying all unbelievers and those who forgive them in the parable of Markon. (SG1: "Avalon, Part 2", "Origin", "The Fourth Horseman, Part 1")


  • "Hallowed are the Ori"
  • "Truth is the beginning of the path."
  • "Enemies of the Ori show no mercy in their attempts to draw believers away from the path."
  • "Fear not the Ori, fear the darkness that would conceal the knowledge of the universe. Believe in the truth of all things, and you too may find the path to enlightenment."
  • "Glorious are the Ori, who lead us to salvation, who did fight the evil that would doom us to mortal sin. Did they defeat the old spirits and cast them out? And now, with the strength of our will, they do call upon us to prevail against the corruption of all unbelievers."
  • "Guide us on the path so that we may triumph over the enemy of our salvation, and be with you in the end of ends on the planes of enlightenment."
  • "The only true darkness lives in the hearts of those who do not follow the path. Otherwise, there is always some measure of light. And where there is light, the Ori see all."
  • "Life and death, light and darkness, hope and despair. The rift was created, and on that day, the Ori were born. But the hatred of those who strayed from the true path festered and bloomed in the dark corners of the Avernakis to which they have been cast! And consumed by this hatred, they poisoned all they touched, bringing death, darkness and despair. And the souls of their victims knew no peace, until the Ori came and whispered to them: 'Sleep, for the end draws near!' And on that day all will rejoice, when the Ori come and lay them low."
  • "It is we who must seek the truth of the universe in order to achieve enlightenment."
  • "Lessons of days gone by teach us what will come to pass."
  • "Blessed are the true believers, for only they shall walk the path, and they shall be welcomed unto the realm of the Ori and made as one with Them."
  • "Make yourself one with the path, and the journey will lead you to eternity."
  • "Ours is not to question, but to rejoice in their service, for the Ori are perfection."
  • "Leave not the smallest pebble, for any hindrance will slow the people's progress."
  • "Pity not the blind man, for he is hindered not by the visions of this world, but rather pity yourselves, for he shall see the light before you."
  • "Where we come from and where we are going are all the same."
  • "And the people shall deliver the wicked unto your divine judgment, where their sins shall be weighed in balance of all that is just and true."
  • "Enemies of the Ori will show no mercy in their attempt to lead us astray from the true path, likewise we must attack with all the Strength which we have been given."
  • "Those who abandon the path are evil."
  • "Those who reach enlightenment shall rejoice with the Ori forever."
  • "The power and the greatness of the Ori cannot be denied. Those who reject the path to enlightenment must be destroyed."
  • "Those who seek the path to enlightenment must not be led astray."
  • "Those who follow the path of righteousness shall be raised up high."
  • "Truth eludes he who does not seek it with both eyes wide." Paraphrased by Adria as "Truth is elusive to those who refuse to see it with both eyes wide."
  • "As he lay there, dying in the sun, the sands of the desert all around him, Petrias spoke to the rock, not with his lips, but with his mind. And the rock wept tears of fresh water, and his thirst was quenched."
  • "Let not the words of deceivers lead you to doubt, nor the enticements they offer cause you to stray."
  • "And those who are prideful and refuse to bow down, shall be laid low and made into dust."
  • "The flames of ignorance burn without pain. Beware the power or it will consume you before you know."
  • "And then did Tyolus say to the people of the low plains, Seek not wickedness amongst your neighbors, lest it find purchase in your own house"


  • The story of Amica: This is an example of a man who swayed from the will of the Ori, but he was forgiven his transgressions and found his way back to the path.
  • The story of Hannor Mir: Similar to the Earth legend of Icarus, but with a happier ending. He fell from above and learned to fly on the way down. Priors of the Ori call this a good example of a miracle.
  • The story of Petrias: In a time of need he spoke to a rock, not with his lips, but his mind, and the rock wept tears of fresh water until his thirst was quenched.
  • Egidius of Valdair needed to speak things that could only be spoken in the light of the fire. (to the Doci)
  • Andras who chose to hunt the lion and was eaten by his prey.
  • The story of Tyolus who said unto the people of the low plains: "seek not the wickedness amongst your neighbors lest it find purchase in your own house."
  • Antaris and the river; how the people of the low valley were freed from the yoke of an iron serpent who ruled over them without mercy.
  • The story of Markon and the great famine that struck the village of Ver Omesh; where Markon went to the Prophet Articus and asked to go to the forest for food. The prophet bade him patience and stated that the Ori provide all those who have faith which Markon did not have. The prophet drew a line in the sand and said "'step across and you may do as you wish.". Markon did so and left the village to feast on wild berries. The fruit was bitter and did not satisfy him. He longed to return to the village but found that the line had become a great chasm and was told by the prophet that nothing had changed except Markon himself. He was told to step across if he truly believed. Markon begged for forgiveness from the Ori after realising his mistake and the Ori accepted him back. The village was also blessed with their light and prospered.
  • Aroden, who wore a mask to conceal his face, but told the faithful "Your appearance matters not. Only the truth of spirit in your heart".
  • The story of Ortus Mallum, the Birthplace of Evil where a mountain erupted to bury the place where evil originated.


Certain stories tend to be twisted by the Priors in order for them to inspire the soldiers within the Ori army against their enemies.

  • When a Prior decided to destroy a village after the villagers had agreed to accept Origin, he justified the action to Tomin by paraphrasing the story of Markon, saying, "Markon walked away from the Ori to satisfy his hunger. But no matter how much he ate, he did not feel full. Realizing his mistake, he ran back to the Ori. But they denied his pleas and struck down the village that welcomed him back. And the hands of the Ori enveloped all those who welcomed him back. The village was destroyed. All those who stand by and accept transgressions must be punished." Tomin immediately counters that the passage states that the man was welcomed back and the village prospered, but the Prior insists that the reference to light enveloping the village referred to its destruction. When the two came to a stalemate, the Prior destroyed the village anyway, simply to show Tomin the power of the Ori. (SG1: "Line in the Sand")
  • In a later exchange between the same Prior and Tomin, the Prior ordered SG-1 executed after Tomin gave them his word they would not be harmed. Tomin attempted to cite a passage that discouraged breaking promises, but the Prior, tired of Tomin's disobedience, simply shouted at him to do it. (SG1: "Line in the Sand")
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