Egyptian doctors unite with Christ
Imhotep was the ancient Egyptian physician and architect. He was so respected that venerated as a saint and patron of scribes. As time passed, his cult was gaining strength until then. Eventually Imhotep equated to the gods, and he took his place in the Egyptian pantheon.
This applies not only to the Egyptians, Read this long-dead doctor. The Greeks and early Christians did it too. For the Greeks, Imhotep was another incarnation of Asclepius, the god of healing and medicine. Its so respected that were built in his honor, huge temples, many of which later became centers of healing. Early Christians went further, and Imhotep connected with Christ. Early Christianity was extremely susceptible to the influence of the pagan, Christian thought at its infancy their church should simply absorb these pagan beliefs, since the followers of these beliefs could not be weaned from them.
Beloved first lady
Being the First Lady of the People's President, Eva Peron was considered the "mother of Argentina", and even received the official title of "Spiritual Leader of the Nation" (and by the way, technically it belongs to her so far). Her charitable activities and the protection of workers' rights has led to the fact that it is practically worshiped in his native country.
Peron died of cancer at 33 years old, and the word "almost", mentioned in the previous paragraph, can already be discarded. A week after her death, one of the largest trade unions in Argentina sent a letter demanding the Vatican ranked Evita canonized. Hundreds of thousands of families across Argentina erected altars to honor her memory. Others reported that their deceased first lady literally works wonders. Decades after her death, the cult of Evita still thrived in the slums of Buenos Aires, despite the best efforts of the military junta, trying to eradicate Peronism.
The president, who became the Shinto deity
Perhaps you are not much surprised that George Washington in America revered almost as a demigod. Surprising is the fact that he was worshiped in the literal sense, but not in America, and in Shintoism. From generation to generation, to Hawaii comes a lot of immigrants from Japan. And many of them continued to practice Shintoism. Hawaiian Shintoism, although associated with its Japanese cousin, still imeeet separate pantheon of deities to worship. And the main thing in this pantheon - George Washington.
Disgraced scientist who became a Shinto deity
In the 9th century career Sugawara, but Michizane went uphill. He studied Chinese literature, and it took him up on one of the highest levels in the Japanese government. Because he had every reason to believe that he will be remembered for a long time, even after his death. Still, he probably did not imagine how strange it would be honoring.
In the 901 th year at the imperial court scandal in which Michizane falsely accused of plotting against the government. As punishment, the scientist was exiled to a remote province, where he died in disgrace two years later. Here his story could have ended, but this was prevented by a strange irony of fate.
Shortly after the death Michizane series of terrible accidents happened in the court of Kyoto. Since the incident, each time were becoming worse, people started to believe that Michizane rose from the grave to avenge his accusers brutally. Fearing a violent spirit, Kyoto court posthumously pardoned the scientist and restored the rights of all its descendants. Also scientist became Tendzin, divine patron of literature. Apparently, these measures were sufficient, since accidents are stopped, and Michizane taken a worthy place in the pantheon of Japanese deities.
Prince, who became a god on earth
Remember the story of John Frum on the island of Tanna? So, Frum was not the only person elevated to the rank of deity islanders. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (husband now ruling Elizabeth II), came to the attention of inhabitants of a village in Vanuatu in the 60s, so that local colonial institutions still hangs his portrait.
Life of Philip just coincided with the appearance of a series of myths about the local mountain god with white skin who once marries powerful woman in a distant country. Unlike the other characters in this list, Prince Philip is not only well aware of their fans, but also regularly sends them gifts. In 1974 the cult really grown, and the prince sent his followers personally signed photos. Today, these photographs - the most expensive property on the island, and the islanders are convinced that their god will return one day to him, that's just unlikely this part of the prophecy will ever be fulfilled.
Unknown soldier, who created a cult
John Frum (unless it's his real name - that nobody is quite sure) was not an outstanding person. This war was not particularly brave, and he did not kill any appreciable amount of enemies. Everything he did, it delivered the goods to a remote island of Tanna.
The Second World War reached its climax in the Pacific Ocean. American and Japanese troops flooded into previously untouched Pacific islands, hoping in this way to gain an advantage over the enemy in this apocalyptic war. For the tribes living on the islands, machinery, equipment and goods were something divine, something that falls from the sky, or something that brought people with a strange skin color. Around the goods soon arose entire religious cults. And one of the most famous was the cult of John Frum. Today we think that Frum was just another soldier, too much larger consignment to the island, and to show some generosity towards local residents. But for his followers Frum - a god who once certainly return, bring along an icy Coke and give freedom to all the inhabitants of the island of Tanna.
Martyr of the revolution
The 19th century was a very heavy time for Filipinos. Their country was under the cruel yoke of Spanish, and any government propaganda while there only mean one-way ticket to the nearest graveyard.
Ardent patriot named Rizal wrote poems and novels about Filipinos. And he sharply criticized the Spanish authorities, comparing it with a cancerous tumor. And although he spoke only for nonviolent reform, the Spaniards were able to use it when they decided to execute a few disgruntled indicative of power. In 1896 Rizal was executed, and his death was the impetus for the beginning of the revolution in the Philippines. Rizal also marked the beginning of a new cult, whose followers worshiped the poet executed. According risalistov, killing the Spanish poet was simply his "spiritual transformation" and actually Rizal still lives in the forest at Mount Makiling, being the physical embodiment of the Holy Spirit. Currently, cult has almost disappeared, but 30 years ago it had more than 100,000 followers.
Angry colonial god
John Nicholson, Rawalpindi managed areas (where there is now modern Pakistan) during the British Raj, was known for his cruelty and racism. Once he personally beheaded a local thief, and then held the severed head on his desk. Another time he scored before the death of the local boy just for the fact that he fled before him. He also advocated that all rebels to burn alive, and executed hundreds of local without any trial.
But all this - nothing compared to his God complex. Nicholson believed that God had prepared for him a special mission, which was to kill as many Afghans and Indians as possible. Because of such fanaticism many of his victims believed he was the incarnation of Vishnu. By that time, Nicholson turned 30, and he created his own sect, whose followers accompanied him everywhere, and worshiped him. But even then, his hatred of the local continues to display. Any member of the sect, who refused to be silent in time, could publicly flogged. And while Nicholson died in 1857, the year of his cult probably existed a very long time.
Chinese characters, deified book
Sometime in the 14th century by Luo Guanzhong sat down to write the book, which is today known as the "Three Kingdoms". The book is considered a classic of Chinese literature, it more than 1000 characters. But people remember only two: "Chinese Robin Hood" by the name of Guan Yu, and the evil wizard named Cao Cao. Prototypes of these characters were real people. And today they are considered gods, largely thanks to the book. Romantic legends of the exploits of the real Guan Yu gives him special powers and abilities, even after his death. And after it was published "Three Kingdoms", this mythologizing reached hitherto unprecedented heights. In 1594, the year of the Ming Dynasty Emperor Guan Yu finally ranked among the saints. He became the god of war, and later in his honor was erected a huge number of temples.
But Cao Cao was less fortunate. After his portrayed in the book as an evil and unscrupulous scoundrel, he became an important part of Chinese folklore as the owner of the black magic powers. Today it is regarded as an analogue of Satan than strikingly different from the bright deity Guan Yu.
When he died, Hugo Chavez, Venezuela all plunged into mourning and went to his grave to honor his memory. Within a few months after his death, there were reports that Chavez face mysteriously appeared on the wall of the subway. Almost from the beginning of its path successor to Chavez, Nicolas Maduro, positioned himself as the representative of the deceased person in the world. He claimed that Chavez was looking at him with nearby mountains, and then visited him in his sleep, taking the form of a tiny bird and share wisdom. It was with Maduro filing prayer "Our Father" was later partially rewritten, and began with the words "Chavez is our Father in heaven».
According to observers, this frantic deification Chavez less often associated with faith, and which is more like a cynical attempt to help the dying of the Socialist Party, using the memory of the leader. Nevertheless, all this seems to be in vogue. A huge number of Chavez supporters today sincerely believe that his spirit watching them sitting at the right hand of Christ.