Re: Religion in Left Hand of Darkness
Buddhism yes, but I think the foretelling itself has very strong Tantric overtones.
Robert, agreed. The root of the the word is Greek and our words do stem from it. But with regard to the other strong religious images le Guin uses, I think I would make a case for it hinting at a more religious meaning, especially considering the various t<ypes of religion that are borrowed from in the book.
There's a wonderful (and for me, totally unexpected) gallimaufry of religions, dogma, being hashed out here. Fascinating! (to quote the, uh, "Vulcan")