FINAL PROJECT: Choose a natural symbol (FIRE) and find out how the symbol has been used
in secular and religious contexts.
Welcome to my presentation on FIRE,
which is used as a symbol in many ways. In this website you'll be able to see the different ways in which fire can be represented
in all aspects of life, focusing on literature, art, rituals and daily living; with a special focus on the symbol of fire
* Click on the links above that
will take you to the perspective page!
Word History: Primitive Indo-European had pairs of words for some very common things, such as water or fire. Typically,
one word in the pair was active, animate, and personified; the other, impersonal and neuter in grammatical gender. In the
case of the pair of words for “fire,” English has descendants of both, one inherited directly from Germanic, the
other borrowed from Latin. Our word fire goes back to the neuter member of the pair. In Old English “fire”
was fr, from Germanic *fr. The Indo-European form behind *fr is *pr, whence also the Greek neuter noun pr, the source of the prefix pyro-. The other Indo-European word for fire appears in ignite, which is derived
from the Latin word for fire, ignis, from Indo-European *egnis. The Russian word for fire, ogon' (stem
form ogn-), and the Sanskrit agni-, “fire” (deified as Agni, the god of fire), also come from *egnis,
the active, animate, and personified word for fire.
(Taken from dictionary.com)