A golden circle of light pictured about the head of a saint. It is supposed

to symbolize the light of grace and sanctity.


This originated centuries before the Christian era; it was common in Greek

mythology, and was adapted in much the same way as other pagan symbols were

brought into the church and "Christianized."


From THE UNION LEADER, Manchester, NH 4/17/87. "Like so many Christian

customs, the halo was adopted from older pagan customs. Centuries before

Christ, natives used to adorn their heads with a circle of feathers. They

did so to symbolize their relationshiop with the son god. Their own `halo'

of feathers represented the circle of light that was around the sun.

Indeed, some people came to believe that by adopting such a crown, they

turned into a kind of sun themselves and into a divine being."

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