While technically alive, magnagogs have little in the way of personality and are driven via telepathic command.
The Sogans were a mystically aware technological society. Queen Stavarang is the last surviving Sogan in the galaxy
Potentially the most powerful summon created, the Final Judge of Man and Earth
Common for sailors to get lashings for punishment. Sailors would then get tattoos of god symbols on thier back so the thrasher was less likely to whip the symbol of the god.
Others say symbols bring bad luck. They draw the attention of the god and it could be wrathful.