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fire

Combustible process with uses both sacred and practical in Greek myth and history. The Titan Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to mortals. The Titan carried it away from Mount Olympus in a fennel stalk - a method of transporting fire that was used down into historical times. In daily life, it was common practice to keep a flame burning - or an ember glowing - at all times. In some ceremonies, a sacred flame was carried from altar to altar by relays of torches.
A torchbearer. (zoom)