Halos & Religion.

Halos are associated with pureness/cleanness of the soul. They are disc shaped edifices that are commonly seen hovering over or behind all those people who were depicted to be pure or who were chosen by God to do something Holy in life.

Halos are also known as nimbus, aureole, glory, or gloriole all which have the same meaning – a bright ring around a pious man/woman.

They are not specifically restricted to Christanity, halos date far back as to the Egyptians before 1235 BC. Halos were also seen to be drawn in the Asian continent & in Rome/Greece around the heads of Kings, Gods, or anyone they proclaimed to be ‘Hero’.

Halos were shown to be the light of God falling upon the holy man as seen in the pictures below.

They also appeared in Buddhism as shown in the sculptor,

Buddha & his apostoles seen to be having a halo behind them [depicting peace & piousness]

Buddha & his apostoles seen to be having a halo behind them.

Halo depicted as a glowing ball like a Sun behind the ancient Egyptian god Ra.

Halo depicted as a glowing ball like a Sun behind the ancient Egyptian god Ra.

& also in Rome/Greece;

The Roman god Helios.

The Roman god Helios.

In Greek mythology, the sun was personified as Helios, who was imagined as a handsome god crowned with the shining halo of the sun, who drove a chariot across the sky each day. As time passed, Helios became increasingly identified with the god of light, Apollo. In Roman mythology, the equivalent of Helios was Sol – Latin for the word “sun” and of course, it is from this word that we get“solstice.” In fact, Helios was sometimes also known as Sol Indiges during Roman Republic times (believed to have lasted from approximately 500 BC to 25 BC) and was later called Sol Invictus during the 2nd and 3rd centuries.

After the renaissance, halos were changed to the modern shape or design, a thin golden ring over the headd as seen in Leonardo DiVinci’s ‘Madonna Benois’.

Mary & Jesus with Halos.

Mary & Jesus with Halos.

Also,

”]Jesus & His Apostoles having Halos [the man at the far end with the Halo is Judas] Halos are also found in the Islamic culture as such;

Prophet Muhammad [swt] leading Ibrahim & Musa [swt] into prayer.

Prophet Muhammad [swt] leading Prophet Ibrahim, Prophet Musa & Prophet Isa [swt] into prayer.

The Halos are actually the fire lit around the body [in Prophet Muhammad’s case] & the heads of the rest of the Prophets.

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