History of Eternal Flames
Fire has been an important part of many cultures and religions, from pre-history to modern day, and was vital to the development of civilization. Fire is associated with the qualities of dynamism, strength, intensity and persistence. Fire represents the creativity and passion that all intellectual and emotional beings inherently possess. In traditional parlance the term ´firing up´ or ´keeping a flame burning´ is usually attributed to the fervor with which a cause or a relationship is pursued.
An eternal flame is a flame or torch that burns constantly. The flames that burned constantly have been archaic feature of divineness, spirituality, permanency and solidarity from times immemorial. Continually burning fire was a constant feature of every Greek temple. The Bible commands that "The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out", regarding the altar of the Tabernacle. (Leviticus 6:13, KJV) The eternal flame of the original Judaic Tabernacle is still celebrated as the present day Ner Tamid (eternal flame) that hangs above the Ark in every Synagogue, and the Christian Churches, particularly Catholic and Lutheran feature an eternal flame on or hung above their altars. An eternal flame constantly tended by a dedicated priest is a feature of Zoroastrian religious culture.