Holy spirit, angels, demons, aliens, soul, and all that Jazz.
Due to a conversation I was having on another topic I would love to hear what members believe these things really are.
From our most ancient text.
2 Chronicles 7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Shekinah Glory
7 Now when Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord
filled the house. 2 The priests could not enter into the house of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled the Lord’s house. 3 All the sons of
Israel, seeing the fire come down and the glory of the Lord upon the house, bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they
worshiped and gave praise to the Lord, saying, “Truly He is good, truly His lovingkindness is everlasting.”
Deut 4:12 "And the LORD spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of the words, but saw no form; you only heard a voice."
In the early period of ancient Egypt, the concept of the Khu or luminous part of man emerged, part of the human but also a separate entity. Khu was
the soul, symbolized by the crested ibis. The Ba, or soul, of later Egypt was its direct descendant. It was only in the decadent Greek and Roman
periods that Khu became seen as a malignant ghost that entered the bodies of the living to torture them.
In later periods, the Egyptians developed the idea of five components of the soul representing the heart (the seat of thought and emotion), the
shadow, the name, the soul ba and the spirit (Ka). The Ba is everything that makes a person unique, a concept similar to "personality", while the Ka
gives life. Death occurs when the Ka leaves the body. After death, the Ba and Ka are reunited to form the Akh, represented by a bird-like
In Sumerian mythology, the utukku were a type of spirit or demon that could be either benevolent or evil. In Akkadian mythology, they were
referred to as utukki, were seven evil demons who were the offspring of Anu and Antu.
There has been extensive interaction between traditional Chinese beliefs and the more recent Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism.
Ancestor worship is the original basic Chinese religion. The core belief is that there is a continued existence after death. It is thought that the
soul of a deceased person is made up of yin and yang components called hun and po (魂 and 魄). The yin component, po, is associated with the grave,
and the yang component, hun, is associated with ancestral tablets . At death the components split into three different souls; the po stays with the
body to the grave, another goes to judgment, and the hun resides in an ancestral tablet. The po and hun are not immortal and need to be nourished by
offerings made by descendants. Eventually both the po and hun go to the underworld, although the hun goes to heaven first. Unlike in western usages of
the term, underworld has no negative connotation.
For the Vedic spirits, see Deva and Asura.
Div Akvan throws Rustam into the Caspian Sea.
Div on a Stamp of Azerbaijan
Daeva[pronunciation?] (daēuua, daāua, daēva) in Avestan language meaning a spirit, or "a being of shining light", is a term for a particular sort
of supernatural entity with disagreeable characteristics. Equivalents in Iranian languages include Pashto dêw (Uber ghost, demon, giant), Baluchi
dêw (giant, monster), Persian dīv (a daemon, genius, an ogre, a giant), Kurdish dêw (giant, monster). The Iranian word was borrowed into Old
Armenian as dew, Georgian as devi and Urdu as deo. In the Gathas, the oldest texts of the Zoroastrian canon, the daevas are powers of nature like Agni
(fire), Surya (the Sun), Pavan (air), etc. This meaning is—subject to interpretation
The Yezidis believe that a Creator, or God, created a set of deities that we can call gods, angels or demons, depending on how you want to look at
them. So, if we say that the Yezidis worship the devil, we could as well say that they worship angels. It all depends on how you view these
In some ways similar to the Christian Trinity of God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost, the Yezidis believe that God is manifested in three forms.
The pagan Phoenicians, Philistines and Samaritans worshiped a dove, and the early monotheistic Hebrews condemned the Samaritans for this idol-worship.
The pagans of Mecca also worshiped a sacred dove. Pagan Arabian tribes also worshiped an eagle called Nasar.
This is similar again to Gnosticism, where the pure good God created intermediaries called Aeons so that a world that includes evil (as our world
does) could even exist in the first place. On the other hand, Malak Tus is seen my the Yezidis as neither an evil spirit nor a fallen angel, but as a
divinity in his own right.
One wonders why the Malak Tus is represented by a bird. The answer is that worshiping birds is one of the oldest known forms of idol worship. It is
even condemned in Deuteronomy 4: 16, 17: “Lest ye corrupt yourselves and make a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of any
winged fowl that flieth in the air.”
More likely, the peacock god is leftover from the ancient pagan bird-devil gods of the region. The ancient Babylonians, Assyrians both worshiped
sacred devil-birds, and carvings of them can be seen on their temples. The Zoroastrians also worshiped a sort of devil-bird called a feroher.
A dove, in Christianity the dove is symbolic of the holy spirit, darn now that's interesting
Just to get us started.
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