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Christian saints are regular folks elevated to divinity -- Pagan heroes did that first

Pagan Christs
Was Christianity new?  Was Christianity unique?  Lets talk about the Pagan Heroes.

Like Christians today, Pagans believed in more than one kind of supernatural being.  Besides the supreme Gods like Zeus, Jupiter, Serapis and Sol Invictus, and the Sons of God Dionysus, Osiris, Mithras, etc., the ancients believed regular people were sometimes elevated to special personal divinity -- particularly for good works during their normal lives.  The Greeks and Romans called these divinities "heroes."  Hercules was a hero.

Christianity borrowed the idea -- and called their minor divinities "saints."

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