Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Posted December 11, 2022 · Member Share Posted December 11, 2022 I HATE fire; but I LOVE fire. Why do I have this hate / love relationship with it ? First I love it when it’s time to start my wood stove in a chilly evening like we have for several months during Canada’s long winter. But for more than two decades I fought the destructive power of fire, I saw it causes tears and desolation. And now it’s over, I retired yesterday from my « second » job: part time firefighter. I’m too old now, have to let the youth take over. Did you know that the Romans had that kind of dichotomy in the past ? Me and my baby in 2005… The ancient Romans considered fire as a god. Ovid (Roman poet who lived during the reign of Augustus), for example, in a passage in which he seeks to explain the use of fire at the Festival of Pales, calls fire, as well as water, a god. The origin of the cult of Vesta — fire in its helpful aspect — goes back to primitive days when it was necessary to keep fire alive for the use and the survival of the community. The fire was the care of the unmarried daughters of the family, who were, in reality, the priestesses of the sacred fire in the home. After the main course of the noon meal, silence was commanded, and a portion of the sacred salt-cake, made by the hands of the daughters of the home, was cast from a platter into the fire as a sacrifice to Vesta. As many of the religious forms of the Roman family had their counterpart in the State religion, so the worship of the fire in home had its counterpart in the State religion. The seat of the worship of Vesta in the city of Rome was the circular 'Temple' of Vesta, built like a primitive hut. Here the sacred fire of the State — Vesta — was tended by six maiden priestesses, who renewed it every year, on March 1 st, from a spark formed by friction. There was no statue of Vesta in the 'temple': the fire was the goddess herself. The creation of destructive fire into a god was quite natural. Early man saw that fire not only warmed his body and made his food eatable, but burned down his home and brought death and destruction in its wake. Vesta, as we have said, was fire in its helpful aspect; Vulcan, on the contrary, was the bad destructive fire. There is no reason why Vulcan, as fire, should have been worshipped at the hearth with Vesta, for Vesta was never considered a destructive force, nor was Vulcan ever, in historical times at least, considered beneficent. Vergil and Ennius and Roman writers generally gave the name Vulcan to destructive fire. Ostia was the seat of an ancient and flourishing cult of Vulcan, a fact due, doubtless, to the danger in the hot season to the granaries located on the Tiber. There Vulcan had a temple, a pontiff, and a praetor and an aedile for performing the sacrifices. At Rome the Temple of Vulcan was appropriately located outside the walls of the city; there by rites and sacrifices the city was supposedly protected against fire. Please show me your coins with FIRE elements on it ! Pietas sacrificing over BURNING altar. Two figures holding TORCHS. Demeter holding long TORCH Claudius II FLAMING altar. 33 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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