Fairies and Angels Tattoos
An angel tattoo design is an overtly religious symbol. Angels are anthropomorphic - meaning in the shape of men - winged forms intended to transmit the word of God to humankind. Angels personify divine will and are the messengers of God. Winged messengers appear in a number of religions as intermediaries between the spiritual and material worlds, but appear most often in Islamic, Jewish but most particularly the Christian faiths. The word angel comes from the Greek
'aggelos', meaning messenger. Angels make frequent appearances in the Christian Bible, not only as messengers of God but also delivering his protection or punishment. Angels actas God's intermediaries, carrying out God's will in the affairs of man.
Symbols closely associated with angels in art include trumpets,harps, swords, sceptres and wands. Angels are usuallyportrayed as young men with wings and halos, representingtheir divinity. The representation of angels as Cupid-like youngboys or babies, 'putti' did not occur until the period of the Renaissance.