Hierophant

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The role of the hierophant in religion is to bring the congregants into the presence of that which is deemed holy. The word comes from Ancient Greece, where it was constructed from the combination of ta hiera, "the holy," and phanerein, "to show." In Attica it was the title of the chief priest at the Eleusinian Mysteries.

An analogous modern role would be that of a Catholic priest at Mass.

In Tarot, The Hierophant is one of the twenty two trump cards comprising the Major Arcana, and represents the guide towards knowledge, insight and wisdom. In a tarot reading it might for example represent a priest, scholar, therapist or teacher.

In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, the Hierophant is a prestige class in third edition and was the highest ranking for a druid in the second edition.

In the gothic science fiction/fantasy world of Warhammer 40,000, the Hierophant is amongst the largest and most formidable of the Tyranid Bio creatures faced by ground forces. Not much is known about these massive creatures.

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