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Spiritual entities are difficult to define. The term "spiritual" is generally used to differentiate the incorporeal from the corporeal, as in having the nature of a spirit rather than flesh and blood, but it also has religious connotations, such as pertaining to God, his Spirit, or his Law, or to the nature or soul of man. Sacred might be a close synonym. Of course, the word has other definitions as well but, for the purposes of categorization here, we are referring to spiritual entities. To Christians, the Apostle Paul is no doubt considered to have been a spiritual man, but he was flesh and blood so this wouldn't be an appropriate category. Angels, on the other hand, may have flesh and a body, but they are not human flesh or a human body, so we would consider angels to be spiritual entities. Also for the purposes of categorization, topics in this category or its subcategories should be associated with an established religion. Although their beliefs may differ, several religions include angels in their cast of spiritual characters so, again, that would be an appropriate topic for this category. The traditions of Islam include a belief in djinn, so they are on-topic here as well. By the nature of the categories, there will be some overlapping areas within this and our paranormal categories, particularly its cryptozoology subcategory. In such cases, the category that is the most specific to the topic would be the appropriate topic. For example, many people believe in vampires, and there may be a spiritual aspect to vampires, but we have a subcategory specific to vampires within the cryptozoology category, so that would be the more appropriate category. The Christian God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are spiritual entities, although Jesus was also flesh and blood for a time, but we have specific categories for them within the Christianity section. Related category: Cryptozoology.


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Djinn or Jinn

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