Saints and Sanctity


The idea of the person touched by, or in some special way transformed by and exhibiting powers of holiness, is a concept which many religions have in common. It therefore spans the globe, and is an appropriate topic to find a place within the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative.

At the same time, because sanctity is something perceived by the devotee and takes on cultural clothing peculiar to the community of faith where it is encountered, it may be difficult or unfamiliar for a person of one religious background to recognise ideas and expressions of sanctity in another.

By clicking on the name of the religions listed here in alphabetical order, you can follow links to find out more about saints and sanctity in many guises.

Buddhism Christianity Hinduism Islam Judaism SikhismOther religions


Last updated: 18 December 2000 19:06
Dr G.R. Jones

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