People who were able to become gods
• People who were able to become gods
In the modern interpretation of the gods is not transitory status, only absolute. This is true for almost all the major religions. However, even quite recently the divine status could get even ordinary people. Recall, the Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie, or even one of the American presidents.
Philosopher and protoucheny ancient Greece famous for its desire to divine status. Empedocles (the preserved data) could raise people from the dead, to turn the land into food and different sharp mind. Climbing Mount Etna, an ambitious philosopher threw himself into his maw: Lava same amazement of the audience on a fun thrown became bronze shoes ascended philosopher.
Emperor to raise the status of the divine was the custom of the ancient Romans. However, beyond all I went Emperor Hadrian: he told people about the divine nature of her lover, Antinous. The people of Rome and the surrounding area such an act seemed not very correct, and Antinous accidentally drowned while swimming in a pond with crocodiles.
Haile Selassie was the 225th and last emperor of Ethiopia. He gave the country a constitution and, more importantly, hit by a prophecy of Marcus Garvey, Pan-Africanism active preacher in Jamaica. Black king went into exile during the invasion of the Italian army, and returned to the throne in 1941, already in the glow of newly acquired divine status.
Sugawara no Michizane
Senior scientist, poet and courtier of the 9th century, held important positions in the Japanese court. The Emperor decided if Sugawara plotting conspiracy and exiled him governor of a small island, where the unfortunate ended his days. Soon we began unexplained fires and epidemics. Fearing retaliation spirits, the Emperor hastened to erect a posthumous Sugawara no Michizane in the pantheon of deities. Oddly enough, it worked. In modern Japan idol still revere under the name Tenjin.
The Pharaohs of Egypt as members of the pantheon of gods after death. Imhotep, who was born a commoner and rose to senior adviser to Pharaoh, was granted the status of a demigod. 2,000 years later, already during the reign of the Persian Empire, Imhotep "upgraded" to God.
Many followers of the teachings of the Indian theosophist Jiddu Krishnamurti considered the incarnation of the spiritual essence of Maitreya. He really looked like some kind of higher being: preached renunciation of state, welcomed the progress and denied human racial affiliation.
Yes, there is no mistake: some Americans really perceive its president Angel of the Lord. The Capitol (Washington, DC), the dome there is a fresco, which depicts US President flies to heaven.