- List of people who have been considered deities
This a list of those notable human beings who were considered deities by themselves or others. The list distinguishes people who claimed
divinityor were worshiped as deities during their lifetimes, and examples of individuals who were deified posthumously ( hero cult). For people considered avatars in Hinduism, see list of people who have been considered avatars.
Apotheosismeans divinization or deification, usually posthumously.
Imperial cults are religions in which an Emperor, or a dynastyof emperors (or rulers of another title), are worshiped as demigods or deities.
Hero cults involved the deification of selected historical individuals.
Jesusof Nazarethhas the special position of being the only individual widely accepted as historical that is considered a deity in a contemporary world religion( Trinitarian Christianity, ca. 2 billion adherents).
** Other contemporary religions with a following larger than one million which deify historical individuals include
Tibetan Buddhism( Lamas) and Shinto( Tennos).
Euhemerismis the historical position that all gods were human, reducing theism to ancestor worship.
Ancestor worshipinvolves the elevation of all deceased ancestors to the status of deities. In Ancient Egyptian religion, by the New Kingdom, all deceased (not just pharaohs) were held to become the god Osiris.
Culture heroes are gods or demi-gods that may or may not have a historical individual as their nucleus (e.g. Gilgamesh, Fu Xior Rama).
Theosis, Advaita, Unio Mysticais the state of being in perfect union with the Godhead( Brahman) in mysticism(see Mahāvākyas, Thou Art God).
*Hogue, John "Messiahs: The Visions and Prophecies for the Second Coming" (1999) Elements Books ISBN 1-86204-549-6
* Divinity and Mortality
Godman (Hindu ascetic)
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Messiah complex (self-concept)
Tat Tvam Asi
Thou Art God
*Unknown (January 24, 2006) [http://www.theasiannews.co.uk/heritage/s/208/208463_living_gods_facing_purge.html Heritage: Living gods face purge]
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