Friday, March 6, 2015
Fire In Nordic Traditions (北欧火神赞)
Fire plays an important part in Nordic traditions. Not only there are fire festivals to celebrate about, a fireplace is certainly one of the most important places in cold Scandinavian countries.
Fire ritual such as the Indian Agnihotra would invoke Agin, the god of fire in the evening with the below mantra:
Agnaye idam na mama
Oh Agin, please come!
Below fire prayer is translated by Mr. Bjerstedt to share with us:
When a fire is started (for some reasons), below fire prayer is recited for protection.
Title: Fire prayer
Notetaker: Arvid Edblad
Elden som har makt
Elden håller trogen vakt
om detta hus och bygd
av alla de som där bor.
The fire that has power.
The fire keeps loyal vigil,
over this house and countryside,
and everyone that lives there.
After the fire is burnt out perhaps over the night, then in the morning the below prayer would be recited:
När elden skall sluta att brinna
jag offra en bön till eldgudens ära,
Eld du tröstande smeker.
When the fire stops burning,
I offer a prayer in the God of Fire's honour,
Fire, you consolingly caress.
[Judging from the meaning of both prayers and coupled with some research, I would think that it is safe to say the above prayers are meant to seek protection and gratitude towards the services fire provides to mankind.]
Other resources related to fire in Nordic traditions:
Nordic funeral (cremation):