Angels are spiritual entities generally created by and in service to a deity. This service may take the form of relaying messages or acting as a warrior or guardian, among other possibilities.
While modern popular culture associates angels primarily with Christianity, Judaism, and Islam the term itself is much broader. The greek god Hermes himself bore the titles "Angelos Athanatôn" and "Angelos Makarôn", meaning "Messenger of the Gods" and "Messenger of the Blessed Ones" respectively. Devas and Dakinis are sometimes also consider angels in New Age thought.
Otherkin who have angel as their kintype are often termed Angelkin or Angelics, and also fall under the broader category of Celestials. Angelkin which have left the service of their creator are sometimes termed Fallen.
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