Sitting Together Around a Blazing Fire - An Ancient Ritual that Lives on Today
Fire is a basic element that continues to fascinate us. The flickering flames, the bright, warm glow...it beckons us to gather around, eat together, sing songs, share stories and forget the world around us - just like the days of old when electrical power was still a distant dream. These days modern technology in trendy designs makes it easy and safe for us to enjoy fire both indoors and outdoors.
A long time ago, people did not have the skills to start a fire themselves. Back then, we had to wait for a natural event such as a lightning strike to start a fire that would then be carefully tended. This made us the most powerful beings on the planet as we were the only living animals that did not fear fire and were able to use it to our advantage. In many cases, fires were lit in temples dedicated to goddesses where they would be carefully tended and guarded. The hearths in the later dwellings of humans were also carefully tended. After all, fire was a source of warmth and light and allowed us to cook food.
Over time people learned to start fires on their own. Many of us have childhood memories of trying to create a spark by rubbing two pieces of flint against each other or by spinning two dried sticks. The first matches were manufactured in 1806 - and the world changed forever. Fire was now available anywhere and at any time but remained dangerous. If it was left uncontrolled, it could cause considerable damage.
It continues to be dangerous to this day. That is why the fire containers of today for both indoor and outdoor use are specially manufactured to keep us and our homes safe. Flickering and dancing flames surrounded by specially designed glass create a warm and cosy ambience. Depending on the amount of fuel, it can burn for a few hours and remains at the heart of social life even today. We humans cannot live without fire - nor would we want to! And these beautiful fireplaces ensure that it stays that way!