1)Stylites (from Greek stylos, "pillar") or Pillar-Saints are a type of Christian ascetic who in the early days of the Byzantine Empire stood on pillars preaching, fasting and praying. They believed that the mortification of their bodies would help ensure the salvation of their souls.
2)A person(s) who is thought to be considered by several, other than self..to be an authority on a wide variety of this and that. Looked to as an example...very conscientious...watched & studied more than the average par-tay. Known for raising and setting the bar.
1)The first stylite was probably Simeon Stylites the Elder who climbed on a pillar in Syria in 423 and remained there until his death 37 years later.
There were many others who were not so famous and even women Stylites were known. One or two isolated attempts seem to have been made to introduce this form of asceticism into the West but it met with little favour.
2) Writers, music artists, dancers, canvas artists, designers, photographers, producers, screen writers, evangelists, preachers, teachers..etc..any person or persons that promotes intellect, creativity, and a positive quality of life towards the world and others around them.