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An individual who is authorized to perform as a mediator between the people and a transcendent power. The priest's authority enables him or her to perform in both a spiritual and administrative capacity within his belief system's influence and jurisdiction.

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"Urizen striding through a darkened space with a globe of fire lighting his journey, from William Blake's A Small Book of Designs, The First Book of Urizen, plate 23, crica 1796" b

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