The Question and Answer section for Parable of the Sower is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
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Earthseed. Earthseed is a religion invented by Lauren Oya Olamina, the protagonist of the story. It is her attempt to grasp a truth that explains and eventually seeks to resolve the current plight.
Also known as "ro", this drug makes it better than sex to watch fire burn (Butler Sower 98). ... The addicts of the drugs are known as "paints" because they "shave off all their hair - even their eyebrows - and they paint their skin green or blue...