Back to Home Page or Contents Page or Past and present beliefs or Index

Elf-fire


This is Ignis fatuus, or "foolish fire." It is the name given to fire obtained by rubbing two pieces of wood together, and is used in superstitious ways. Amongst the Russian peasantry it is believed that these wandering lights are souls of still-born children, who do not desire to lure people from the path, but who get no rest till they find their bodies. A.G.H.


Source: 81, 139.

Home    Alchemy    Ancient Beliefs    Buddhism    Christianity    Demonology    Divination    Goddess and witchcraft    Great Mysteries    Hinduism    Islam     Judaism    Magic    Neo-paganism    Other    Paranormal    Past and present Beliefs    People    Places    Religions and sects    Rituals and texts    Shamanism    Stones    Theosophy African Mythology    Asian Mythology    Buddha Mythology    Egyptian Mythology    Greco-Roman Mythology    Greek Mythology    Hindu Mythology    Native American    Persian Mythology    Roman Mythology    South American Mythology