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An idol is a man-made object that is venerated in some way. More specific terms include:

  • Cult image, a neutral term
  • Idolatry, a negative term used by Christians for the non-Christian worship of cult images, termed "idols"
  • Icon, a representative image, sometimes considered sacred
  • Murti, a devotional image in Hindu and Buddhist religion
  • Fetish, a natural object believed to have supernatural powers

Idol may also mean: In the practice of religion, a cult image is a man-made object that is venerated for the spirit or daemon that it embodies. ... The neutrality of this article is disputed. ... In the practice of religion, a cult image is a man-made object that is venerated for the spirit or daemon that it embodies. ... The Savior (1410s, by Andrei Rublev) For other senses of this word, see icon (disambiguation). ... The Nataraja is one of the most famous images of Lord Siva Murtis are deities or images used by Hindus and also by some Mahayana Buddhists during worship as points of devotional and meditational focus. ... This article concerns the concept of fetishism in anthropology. ...


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The 'idol' effect | Chicago Tribune (927 words)
In the early 1960s, the Beatles, Beach Boys and Bob Dylan (the last of whom is scorned by "Idol" judge/producer Simon Cowell in the current issue of Playboy) ushered in an era that viewed singing your own songs as the apex of personal expression.
Rock singing is far from dead - and Jennifer Hudson of "American Idol" and "Dreamgirls" fame certainly is boosting the soul tradition - but pop has become dominant on the charts and elsewhere, with showy vocalists such as Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion paving the way and "American Idol" institutionalizing the trend.
One key difference is that "American Idol" eschews classical training for "raw natural talent that is oftentimes self-taught and oftentimes learned from mimicking," said Drews, who has taught for 10 years after singing opera for 10 years.
Billy Idol - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (532 words)
Idol did not release a new album until 1986 (see 1986 in music); Whiplash Smile sold very well and proved to be a smash, including the hits "To Be A Lover," "Don't Need A Gun," and the Country-flavored "Sweet Sixteen." Stevens soon left for a solo career and Idol continued.
Idol returned to the popular eye in 1998, when he played himself in The Wedding Singer, an Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore romantic comedy, where "White Wedding (song)" was used as the title track.
Idol was embarrassed when at the 2002 Australian Rugby League Grand Final, a power problem resulted in no one being able to hear him singing.
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