Thursday, December 15, 2011

Of the Gods: Pyros, God of Fire

Pyros is the God of Fire, Sun, Light, The Forge and the Hearth.

Odilon Redon

Gustave Moreau

The third day of the week in Calabria is called Pierosdag, in remembrance of Pyros sundering the Darkness on the third day of Creation.

Thomas Cole

Samual was the Archon of Fire, and it was he who taught the Secret of the Flame to Man.

Artist Unknown

Villages throughout Calabria host an ancient round tower, Tower of the Eternal Flame. These towers average over 100 feet tall, and are some 20 to 30 feet in diameter. At the top is a chamber with windows facing each of the cardinal directions, and in this chamber a fire always burns. A devotee Path of Pyros spends his or her life within the tower. Tributes in honor of Pyros are left in a small room at the base of the tower. Wanderers traveling at night can often identify a town in the distance by light from such a tower.

The Festival of Flame begins on the first day of Winter, as a call to Pyros to keep the cold at bay until Spring arrives. All fires throughout Calabria are extinguished, except for the Eternal Flames. All hearths throughout Calabria are re-kindled with torches born by Lamp Bearers, honorary Lampades. Each torch is lit from the Flames of towers.

Imperial Cathedral

The Cathedrals of Calabria each hold a shrine to Pyros. Fire is one of the five elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Time) which make up all Flora and Fauna.

Joseph Wright of Darby

Volcanic sites are particularly significant places for worshippers of Pyros.

Arnold Böcklin

Of course among more isolated people, simple rituals suffice.

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