The Greek word eidolon he came to Latin as idōlum, which in our language derived in idol . The concept can be used to name the representation of a divinity that is worshiped .
An idol, in this sense, is a revered image . It is an object that represents or contains a deity , a spirit or a demon.
The link between religions and idols varies in each case. Catholics, for example, accept the images, but take them as icons (the figure is not idolized). Islam and Judaism, on the other hand, do not endorse the representations of God .
At voodoo and in animism, on the other hand, they do believe in idols and perform rituals with physical elements, to which certain powers are attributed.
There are those who affirm that they do not worship an idol as a material thing, but what it represents. In this case, it is accepted that the idol has no life, strength or power some as to their condition of object.
Another use of the term idol refers to the individual who is admired or Dear by people . Athletes, singers and actors are usually idols of this class: "Lionel Messi is my idol: I have a collection of videos of his best goals", “When I was a boy, my idol was Freddie Mercury, the singer of Queen”, “The teenager covered the walls of her room with posters of Luis Miguel, her idol”.
Idols usually summon crowds in their public appearances. It is common for their fans to ask them to do Photographs with them or that they sign shirts, records, etc. Depending on the country of origin and the area to which they belong, famous people who become considered idols have a regional, national or international presence.
In general, the figures that come from the United States are much easier to achieve international fame than the rest. This is due to the undeniable worship that most people feel for the culture of that country: both its films and its music and its television programs, without neglecting the language spoken there are objects of worship for people around the world.
The weight that American stars have inside and outside their country, therefore, seems to be less objective than that of the idols of other countries, although this kind of worship by a person is always at the level of what subjective . Anyway, the differences do not end there, since their fees are also much higher and this means that they can access a standard of living impossible to imagine for their third world colleagues.
The relationship between a fan and his idol can take many forms, which may or may not be influenced by trends of the society. At one extreme we have those who join the so-called fan clubs, where they perform different activities to promote the work of their favorite artists. Some of these groups give their followers the opportunity to meet their idols, access their jobs a few days before their official launch or even buy them at reduced prices.
On the other hand there are those who follow their idols in their own way, without adhering to the trends of the moment. For example, one can say that a writer is her idol even if she does not follow the presentations of her books nor has she ever asked her to sign a copy: it is enough that the respect and admire her so that her statement is valid.