Examples of fire and water/ice as religious symbols?
November 29, 2008 3:59 PM Subscribe
I’m looking for examples of fire, water, and/or ice being used as religious symbols or in religious practice in some way shape or form. Help?
posted by CitrusFreak12 to religion & philosophy (21 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I’m not looking for one religion that uses all three, per se, just any example of any of the three being used. They can be historical or current, either will do.
I’d prefer to know the basic details (who uses the symbol, in what religion, what does is symbolize, when is it used, why is it used, how it came to be used, where, etc), but if you don’t know them that’s ok, as long as I have enough information to use to find more.
I’d appreciate any and all details and information you can offer. If you know of any resources that may be helpful, by all means let me know (preferably books and preferably those that aren’t too obscure or hard to find and are likely to be at a public or academic library).
I was interested in the comparisons between fire and ice as religious symbols. Thus far I've only been able to find one example of ice being used as such, so I suppose it isn’t as widespread as I thought. So I moved onto the next best thing: Water, which is probably a lot more popular as a religious symbol (it’s pretty much everywhere people are). And since both are rather important to survival, I think it'd be interesting to see which one has more widespread use in religious contexts.