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Historical ContextPlay
Usually refers to early Christians in history who died for their religion. SlideThe early Christian martyrs were venerated by later followers.
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Religious HonorPlay
Being a martyr is often considered an honor in many religions. SlideTo his followers, he was a martyr who sacrificed everything.
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In some cultures, the term martyr has a very strong emotional and patriotic resonance. SlideThe soldiers were considered martyrs for defending their homeland.