fire-worship

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fire-worship the worship of fire
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fire-worship 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 Gueber and Parsi.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Fire-worship the worship of fire, chiefly by the Parsees in Persia and India
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fýr; Ger. feuer; Gr. pyr.

Usage

In literature:

Fire, a chief object of worship to the Druids, why, vii.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XII. (of XII.)" by Edmund Burke
It stood in the very country called Phlegra, where the worship of fire once particularly prevailed.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I." by Jacob Bryant
The Graces and the Furies (Charites et Furiae) were equally denominated from the Sun, and fire; and in consequence of it had joint worship in Arcadia.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.)" by Jacob Bryant
The words were these: 'Inhabitants, abandon the worship of fire, and worship the only God who shows mercy.
"The Arabian Nights Entertainments" by Anonymous
Like the heathen around, they worshipped fire and images.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
At Babylon we know Nusku was worshipped as the fire-god.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
There they became converts to the fire-worship then prevailing, but retained their old customs and language.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
The white are the Mussulmans; the red, the Persians, who worship fire; the blue, the Christians; and the yellow, the Jews.
"The Arabian Nights" by Unknown
In that period the king of Persia was second shafoor of the fire-worshipers.
"Modern Persia" by Mooshie G. Daniel
Some men worshipped the fire and some worshipped the stars.
"A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines" by Clayton Edwards
In this form the game is supposed to be a survival of fire worship.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
The old man told him, that he worshipped the fire only and acknowledged no other god.
"The True Benjamin Franklin" by Sydney George Fisher
Her shrines with weeds are overgrown, Their fires are out; their worship done.
"Spun-yarn and Spindrift" by Norah M. Holland
I am sure Persians worship fire.
"Furze the Cruel" by John Trevena
For they, abominating all images, worshipped God only by fire.
"The Messiah in Moses and the Prophets" by Eleazar Lord
Since I have seen the light of truth, I have abandoned worshipping the fire.
"The Gospel of Buddha" by Paul Carus
To the fire-worshipers it was a warning message.
"The Mentor: The Weather" by Charles Fitzhugh Talman
It is the opinion of not a few that the famous round towers of Ireland were intended for signal fires in connection with this worship.
"England in the Days of Old" by William Andrews
There were lingering traces of ancestor-worship, and perhaps of fire-worship also.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 6" by Various
The father performs the fire sacrifice, and a human figure is made from cooked rice and worshipped.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
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In poetry:

O moth, that yearns for me,
The whole world pities thee,
Foredoomed on heedless wing,
By mad fire-worshipping.
"The Flame" by Charles Hanson Towne
'Old priest, who mumble worship in your quire—
Old monk and nun, ye scorn the world's desire,
Yet in your frosty cells ye feel the fire!
The fire of Heaven is not the flame of Hell.
"Balin and Balan" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
My own blood is what stanches
The wounds in my bark;
Stars caught in my branches
Make day of the dark,
And are worshipped as suns till the sunrise shall tread out their fires as a spark.
"Hertha" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Had I words of fire,
Whose words are weak as snow;
Were my heart a lyre
Whence all its love might flow
In the mighty modulations of desire,
In the notes wherewith man's passion worships woe;
"Ode On The Insurrection In Candia" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
For though we worship no vengeance-god
Of madness and of ire,
No Presence grim, with a heart of stone,
Shall they not somehow yet atone?
Shall they not reap as they have sown
Of fury and of fire?
"The Vale Of Shadows" by Clinton Scollard
Nine plagues had wasted Egypt with their tortures grim and slow;
The earth was desolated, and scarred by hail and fire;
Still even yet her Lord refused to let his bondsmen go
To worship in the wilderness, the God of their desire.
"In Egypt" by Virna Sheard

In news:

Investigators are trying to find out who set fire to a place of worship in University Heights late Tuesday evening.
IN opening fire on Muslim worshipers in the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday, Dr Baruch Goldstein of Israel added a new weapon to the arsenal of memory that inflames the Middle East.
A gunman opened fire at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on Aug 5, where several dozen people were worshiping, killing at least six.
There's a misconception amongst many that, you know, Zoroastrians are fire worshipers.
Today, Syrian government forces reportedly opened fire on protesters as worshipers exited mosques, marking Ramadan's end.
In what officials called an act of domestic terrorism, a gunman with neo-Nazi ties opened fire as local Sikhs —or "sicks" as some adherents call themselves—had gathered for a worship service.
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