Angels, Cherubs, Nymphs and Fairies
Angels are fictitious supernatural beings which appear in art and literature of various religions and mythologies.
Usually angels are presented as benevolent celestial beings who act as messengers between heaven and earth. The majority of art works represent angels as human figures of extraordinary beauty who appear with a halo, bird wings and a burst of light often referred to as a Nimbus halo.
Angel Winged and Not Winged
Angels have been illustrated though out history as wingless and winged both. Christian art most often represents angels as winged beings.
Earliest depictions of winged and un winged angels:
- Wingless angels mid-3rd century: appear in the Catacomb of Priscilla an archaeological site situated in a Roman rock quarry
- Winged angels 379-395: earliest known depictions found in the Prince's Sarcophagus of Theodosius I
Faiths and religions whose followers believe angels exist.
- Abrahamic religions
- Jewish angelic hierarchy
- Individual angels
- Interaction with angels
- The New Church
- Latter Day Saints
- Bahá'í Faith
- Hermetic Qabalah
- Brahma Kumaris
According to Abrahamic religions, Cherubs originally protected the Garden of Eden.
In the Book of Ezekiel, one of the major prophetic books in the Old Testament, the cherub is described as having four faces, two pairs of wings, and two legs.
Cherubim in the In Western Christian tradition became associated with the putto, resulting in depictions of cherubim little plump, winged infants.
A fairy is a mythical, legendary creature in European folklore; Celtic, Slavic, German, English, and French. Myths and stories about fairies seem to be a collection of folk beliefs from various origins. Fairies may be depicted as demoted angels or demons, spirits of the dead and as precursors to the human race.
The word "fairy" may also be applied to describe small magical creatures with human appearance and a strong penchant for mischief and trickery. Sometimes goblins and gnomes are referred to as fairies for their ability to "enchant" or possess with "magical."
A nymph, in Greek mythology is a minor female deity. Unlike other Greek goddesses, nymphs are usually depicted as young maidens who enjoy dancing and singing. Nymphs reside in mountainous regions and forests located near springs or rivers.