You Say Malachim, I Say Apsaras
Angels, by any name, exist in many world religions.Beliefnet in 2002.
Rosy-cheeked, winged cherubs may be the most common images associated with angels, but these heavenly messengers actually take many forms in world religions. Whether they are Buddhistdevas
, or Mormon ministering spirits, angels play important roles in many faiths. Read on to find out about angels' various functions, forms, and figures.
HINDUISM * ISLAM * JUDAISM * MORMONISM
The Buddhist equivalent of angels isdevas
, or celestial beings. Some schools of Buddhism also refer todharmapalas
or dharma protectors. In Tibetan Buddhism, for instance, devas are sometimes considered to be emanations of bodhisattvas or enlightened beings. Different schools of Buddhism have different important devas, as they are often derived from pre-Buddhist cultures and religions and not from Buddhist philosophy.