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Signs and Symbols on the Turdas Altar-Tables

Author(s): Ioana Bădocan
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences
Published by: MUZEUL ETNOGRAFIC AL TRANSILVANIEI
Keywords: altar; symbol-signs; burning; rhombus; square; angle;

Summary/Abstract: The significance of the altar results from the importance that people give to fire, as a source of light and heat, with a key role in man’s evolution. The fire’s sacred flame, with its specific movement, becomes for the prehistoric man a divine living being, which creates all around it the community’s social, economic and spiritual unity.Fire burning on the altar fortifies the social unity of families, clans or tribes, and becomes a principle of Good in all religious systems. The symbol-signs found on small altars reinforce the fire’s sacred significance, as a connection between Man and the Divine.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 239-244
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Romanian