Fire in Culture
According to Pahalvi texts, molten metal or hot fiery 'soogandi' (burning sulphur) were used to test for a sign of innocence. If the person survives the pouring of molten metal or drinking the 'soogandi', he would prove to be innocent.
This shows that fire has played a central role in many religions. It has been a God, a higher being, and is recognized as a symbol of home and family in many cultures too.
Fire too is a symbol of purification and renewal. Fire, provides both heat and light. Both are vital to the survival of life in the world, be it animals or plants.
In Greek Mythology, Fire represents hope and is considered a gift to mankind from the gods. Prometheus (A Greek God) disobeyed Zeus (King of the gods) by stealing fire from Zeus's lightning and giving it to the human race.
As a result of this treachery, Zeus punished Prometheus by chaining him to a mountain, and allowing eagles/ vultures to feast on his ever-regenerating liver every day.
In Chinese Feng-Shui, fire too is evident. Feng-Shui is made up of 5 elements: Fire; wood; metal; water and earth.
Fire represents active, strong, impulsive and attractive. It is like a double-edged sword. As it can be warm and comforting but at the same time destructive.
Another culture with fire playing a role in it is that of the Ancient Egyptians. A 'Khet' is a symbol that represents a lamp or brazier on a stand from which a flame emerges. Fire plays a part in the Egyptian concept of the Underworld, similar to the concept of hell for Christians.