Divine fire

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Prometheus stealing the "divine fire" from the gods, and bringing it down to humans.

In religio-mythology, divine fire (LH:2) refers to a magical or mythical fire made by a god, used either to ignite the sun or give humans life.



In Egyptian mythology (2800BC), Ptah, in Memphis, Egypt, was a creator god who was said to have ignited the sun with the magical fire from his divine “fire drill”, which he used to ignite the sun each morning; and also to bring humans to life by putting this magical fire into clay figurines, thus animating them.


In Greek mythology (800BC), Ptah became the Greek god Hephaestus, who used his divine fire to bring the goddess Pandora, made from clay, to life. Prometheus also steals some of Hephaestus’ magic fire, and brings humans to life.


In Buddha mythology, the Prometheus character is said to be found in “Matarishvan”, aka the “Vedic Prometheus”; also Buddha employed “divine fire” or vital fire, in some way or another. [1]

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See also


  1. (a) Johnston, Charles. (1919). “By the Mater: Isha Upanishad” (divine fire, vital fire, pg. 226), The Theosophical Quarterly, 17:219-26.
    (b) Charles Johnston – Theosophy Wiki.
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