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What is the importance of holy beings in different cultures?

In the East, holy beings are often referred to as ‘saints’. The term ‘saint’ (referring to holy beings) has different connotations in different cultures. In Catholic Church a saint is someone who has been canonized by the church. It is confirmed to have performed miracles. We also use the term metaphorically in the West when we say, “She’s a real saint,” or “That was a saintly thing to do”. We don’t usually mean that they were canonized by the church. But that they are unusually good or loving or particularly self-sacrificing people. In India someone might be called a […]

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