Holy Ones

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Holy Ones is the term used by Vine Deloria Jr to refer to indigenous people "who had lived a more rigorous and disciplined life because they had been in contact with the higher powers."[1]

Syncretic Terms

Avatar > Bodhicitta, Bodhisattva, Bodhisattva Vow, Divine Messengers, Holy Ones, Messiah, Qutb, Samyaksambuddha, Saoshyant, Tathagata, Tirthankaras


Deloria suggests this is a better term than "medicine men" since medicine men were focussed primarily on healing.


  1. Deloria, Vine Jr. God Is Red: A Native View of Religion. Colorado: Fulcrum Publishing, 2003. xxv-xxvi