The figure of the divine human is central to many religions. Christianity has Jesus, Buddhism has the Buddha, Hinduism has Krishna, the Greeks had Hermes and Psyche. Each of these figures represent a combination of God and humanity in the minds of the devotees of that religion. They represent a link between the world of humanity and the world of God. They also mirror the aspiration within each of us to reach toward our divinity – the early church fathers said of Jesus that he became human in order that we might become divine. The myths and stories around these figures explain this divine and human nature; for instance the myths of Krishna and Jesus and Hermes all emphasize how these figures had one divine parent and one human one.
- Usually these semi-divine figures encapsulate a number of significant archetypes which set the mood and dynamics of the faith their followers live. The archetype is fundamentally the same but the culture and religion provide the shape and content which determine how the archetype is expressed.
- Follow the links below to read more about the archetypes that the major semi-divine figures embody.