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Halos
Chapter 7

 

The halo (nimbus) is a universal symbol used by artists and craftsmen to represent a person’s extraordinary holiness. The halo is found in many forms, from a basic thin line to multiple rays beautifully decorated with jewels and flourishes.

The exact origin of the halo is not known, although it has been used throughout antiquity to denote power and greatness. One guess as to its origin has been its connection to the sun. Humans have always been fascinated with the sun, even worshipping it. As sun worship developed, a sun disk was placed behind the head of a certain god/dess to show the god/dess had great power.

Christianity would borrow the sun disk from paganism as early as the fourth century. This is often misinterpreted as Christianity having roots in paganism. This is not true. Every symbol Christianity borrowed from paganism was fully redeemed by having its power and authority connected to God the Father. At first, the early church only used the halo with the Trinity. When a halo is displayed around a person of the Trinity, it symbolizes divinity. Over time, angels

 

 
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