What are Angels?
Angels are spiritual beings in a variety
of world religions. Angels are depicted
as messengers of God in the Hebrew and
Christian Bibles and the Quran. Angels
are thought to be intermediaries between
God and humanity.
The term "angel" has also been expanded
to various notions of spiritual beings
found in many other religious traditions.
Other roles of angels include protecting
and guiding human beings, as well as carrying
out God's tasks.
Foreign Names for Angels
Bengali: Pori / Farishta
Chinese: Tian Shi
Croatian: Andeli / Andeo
Hebrew: Malach / Maleaach
Hindi: Peri / Apsara
/ Pari / Farishta
Latin: Angela / Angelu / Angelus
Mandarin/Cantonese: Tian Shi
Spanish: ángel / Arcángel
Turkish: Melek / Iyilik Melegi
Vietnamese: Tien Nu
Other Names: Cherub, Seraph, Messenger,
God's Messenger, Archangel, Celestial
Being, Cherub, Divine Messenger, Guardian,
Heavenly Being, Holy Being, Spirit, Spiritual
Being, Sprite, Supernatural Being, Guardian
Angel, Heavenly Host, Host of Heaven,
Sons of God, Seraphim, Cherubim, Ministering
Iconic Symbols: Angels are often visualized
as light or with eatheral qualities.
Did You Know?
The word “angel”
actually comes from the Greek
word aggelos, which means “messenger.”
The matching Hebrew word mal'ak
has the same meaning.
Meanings: Angels are a symbol of Hope,
goodness, purity, protection, comfort and consolation.
They also represent the spiritual nature of
Myths in Culture:
Christianity: The last of the
nine orders of angels in medieval angelology.
From the highest to the lowest in rank,
the orders are: seraphim, cherubim,
thrones, dominations or dominions, virtues,
powers, principalities, archangels,
Islam: Muslims belief in angels
is among the six articles of faith in
Islam. A Muslim must believe in all
six, including angels, or it is determined
there is no faith. Angels are the work
of Allah and are made of light. Angels
can assume any shape and exist to do
the work of Allah. Muslims also believe
in guardian angels. There are two guradian
angels for every believer and the angels
follow a Muslim all through his or her
life. One angel watches over the Muslim
during the day, the other at night,
they are tasked with writing down all
of the good and bad deeds a person commits
for Judgment Day.
Judaism: Jewish teachings about
angels are ancient, going back to the
first five books of the Bible, the Torah.
Angels are never the objects of worship.
They are messengers from God.
Kabalah: In Kabalah, there are
four worlds and our world is the last
world: the world of action (Assiyah).
Angels exist in the worlds above as
a 'task' of God. They are an extension
of God to produce effects in this world.
After an angel has completed its task,
it ceases to exist. The angel is in
effect the task.
Latter Day Saints: Latter Day
Saints believe that angels are the spirits
of humans who are deceased or who have
yet to be born.
Sikhism: In Sikhism, the references
to angelic or divine deities is often
objected as the religion focuses on
the liberation of the soul and ultimately
joining with Waheguru.
Zoroastaism: In Zoroastrianism
there are different angel-like figures.
Each person has one guardian angel,
called Fravashi. The Fravashi patronize
human beings and other creatures, and
also manifest God’s energy.