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- n. The worship of fire, or of the god of fire, or of the divine as typified by fire; also, the ceremonial cult of a public or a family hearth, as practised, for instance, by all Aryan peoples, by all ancient Greek communities, by the vestal virgins of Rome, and in each ancient Greek and Roman family. The term fire-worship, as specifically applied to the religion of the ancient Persians taught by Zoroaster, and practised by their descendants, the Guebers and Parsis of Persia and India, is, if taken literally, a misnomer derived from the Mohammedans, the fire being with these peoples merely a symbol of divinity and a visible sign of their religion. See
- n. the worship of fire
“Al – Islam and he told her that it was the true and right Faith and that our lord Mohammed had approved himself by surpassing miracles400 and signs manifest, and that fire-worship is harmful and not profitable; and he went on to expound to her the tenets of Al – Islam till she was persuaded and the love of the True Faith entered her heart.”
“What is clear is that the Yazidis borrowed elements of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, as well as the Zoroastrian fire-worship religion of Iran, and wove them into a faith both mysterious and somehow familiar to those who wander into their temples and graveyards, which dot the hillsides of northern Iraq.”
“Not only are the crockets on our cathedral spires and church pews remnants of fire-worship, but one of our own most beautiful Christian blessings is probably of Assyrian origin.”
“Though it be but a heap of rubbish, revealed by the removal of the mantle of snow, lighting up with flickering, changing glow a rectangular door yard, the children stand and gaze into the dancing flame, their vast, distorted, ghostlike shadows lost in the night, their faces reflecting every evanescent glare, and their spirits charmed by the same spell that took form in the fire-worship of their ancestors.”
“An ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus of Ephesus, taught that the world was created from fire, the omnipotent and omniscient essence, and with many savage and barbaric peoples fire-worship has nourished or still flourishes.”
“Omar, of all who refused to renounce fire-worship and adopt the creed of the Koran.”
“Were the _Galli_, priests of Cybele, so called as being connected with fire-worship? and is the name at all connected with the Celtic _gal_, a flame?”
“There they became converts to the fire-worship then prevailing, but retained their old customs and language.”
A Study of Pueblo Architecture: Tusayan and Cibola Eighth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1886-1887, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1891, pages 3-228
“The religion of Persia, wrongly alluded to as "fire-worship," marks”
“Ritter devotes a chapter to the fire-worship of the Guebers, who, as Parsees, form an important element at the present day in the population of the Bombay Presidency.”
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