Traditional Zoroastrianism accords an important place to the hearth fire in home. The holy fire in the Zoroastrian temples and places of worship are lit from the fire brought forth from the hearths of the various community members. The hearth fire of the community or the people is seen as the most powerful manifestation of the celestial power in our religion.
The fire is given a central place in our rites, just as it held such a place in the daily lives of our forebears. We are encouraged to take at least a moment–preferably in the home–to light a flame on a daily basis and use that as a focus for such activities as prayer, offering of an incense, meditation or contemplation. For those with the ability to do so, the daily maintenance of a perpetual “hearth” fire in the home is highly encouraged. In any case, though, the daily devotion at the hearth flame is an opportunity to renew vows of study, learning and discovery. In fact, the image of hearth in our tradition is associated with happiness, good fortune, success in undertaking, advancement and above all our PEOPLE united.
There is good reason to assume that the Druids had at a similar conception of the role of the hearth fire. In Welsh law a squatter gained possession of land only when a fire had been lit on his hearth and SMOKE came from the chimney (Owen, p. 339). The association between ownership and the fire was so strong that the right of a Welsh heir to occupy his father’s land was called “the right to uncover the fire” (Rees & Rees, p. 157).
It might be interesting to add the very word for CLAN in farsi namely “doudman” comes from middle persian “doutman” avestan “daut,” and is related to “teuta,” the common Proto Indo European word for “community, people, race, nation.” Compare also lithuanian. tauto, Old.Irish. tuath, Old Prussian tauto. Also “Deutsch” or “Teutonic,” words describing germans or germanic nations, come from the same exact root and really refer to the “hearth fire of the community and smoke coming from it.”
In the end i should add that many ancient indo-european customs, rituals, and beliefs, such as the practice of perpetual burning of the hearth fire has survived among the traditional Zoroastrians to this day. Furthermore,the perpetual fire of the family hearth and smoke coming from it signifies not only the family ties in our faith, but a UNITED ASPIRATION to perpetuate a common inheritance from our ancestors and assurance of a bright future for our posterity, and there a NATION comes into existence.