TO ANYONE WHO’S ever gone camping while traveling, the alluring effect of a fire is all too familiar.
People gathered around its flames, taking turns dropping a tiny amount of water (or liquor) into its path, stretching their legs ever closer in attempts to seize the heat and capture its awesome energy.
It provides a sense of community. Swapping travel stories. Sharing drinks. Making smores (how internationally known are those, by the way?).
From dragon tales, to rites of purification, to a prominent mention in the 4th book of Harry Potter, fire plays a larger role in world culture and history than most would believe. Even in this modern age, with bonfires replaced by central heating and their light by alternating current, this common chemical reaction remains central.
In Japan, for example, you can catch it here: