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Symbolism of Fire

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- Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:31:00 EST ibhdv20J No.208952
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We were typing about this on /b/:
>what's the significance or symbolism of controlling or being immune to fire?
A head of the christian church was burned at the stake because he refused to denounce his religion before Cesar, and as its told the fire formed a ring around him and a soldier had to impale him with a spear. There are other stories of people using fire or not being harmed by it. Was it just tricks or tall tales? If human beings are capable of controlling their body to at least ignore the pain or even diminish the harm from the fire, why isn't this ability apparent present day? Perhaps because of the conviction of belief, by believing whole-heartedly, without doubt, maybe along with practicing a martial art, which is difficult now-n-days because science.

In the past poets, bards, and other story-tellers were said to have power through their words, some even causing death by their curses. This seems to be in a similar vein to having power over fire or protection from it. Anyways, what's the symbolism of fire, particularly in a religious context? Such as early Christianity versus the Roman pantheon, but the symbolism doesn't have to be specifically about that.
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Molly Fottinghurk - Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:36:32 EST ogjfl7YN No.208953 Reply
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>Perhaps because of the conviction of belief, by believing whole-heartedly, without doubt, maybe along with practicing a martial art, which is difficult now-n-days because science.

Tell that to the Boxers.
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Ebenezer Pombleworth - Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:51:03 EST ibhdv20J No.208957 Reply
>>208953
Good point, their beliefs, no matter their conviction, couldn't compete with a stronger force by arms. Oh the feats they could practice, but there weren't qi shields stopping bullets.
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Shit Fingerlit - Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:42:29 EST 8gq7GAVV No.208961 Reply
>>208957
Kind of ironic, of all people in the world, the Chinese SHOULD have understood the power of gunpowder based weapons. They invented that shit after all.
Then again, the Boxer Rebellion was filled with uneducated peasants, and the entire reason China had weakened was because the Chinese government had been weakening its own military and decreasing the amounts of firearms available to the military for ages.
Ironic, how the fear of civil war turned China, the pillar of society for thousands of years, into a fucking weakling gobbled up by some weak upstart barbarian nations that hadn't even unified for what... 500 years?
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Emma Pommletedge - Sun, 25 Mar 2018 19:49:52 EST XzGatN3O No.208966 Reply
I think fire is supposed to represent desire or at least emotions.

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