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An enjoyable posting. Makes me remember the film "Quest for Fire"

Big Al

Don't the Parsees of India, still worship Fire, they are the relics of the Persians who left Persia when the Muslims took power.

Elaine Meinel Supkis

The sacred fire is central to many religions. The burning of offerings is part of this. To this day, for example, in China, one burns offerings to the Guardians at the Gates of Death!

The very first dispute between humans in the Bible, Cain and Able, are over burning offerings.

Elaine Meinel Supkis

Ah, the Quest for fire!

WOMEN were the fire-tenders, MEN, the fire-starters. As a multi-year fire-tender, I know this role all too well.


A very interesting piece, Elaine. Good links - I hadn't seen the NYT article yet. Thanks!

Elaine Meinel Supkis

Just pass that joint, my friend. heh.

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