Title page for ETD etd-06152006-142433

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Nanji, Nawazish Godrej
Author's Email Address nnanji@vt.edu
URN etd-06152006-142433
Title Giving Architecture to Fire
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Rott, Hans Christian Committee Chair
Ermann, Michael G. Committee Member
Jones, James R. Committee Member
  • Persia
  • Zoroastrianism
  • Zoroastrian
  • Zarathushtra
  • Fire
  • Parsi
  • Atash
  • Religion
Date of Defense 2006-05-17
Availability unrestricted
For centuries, fire has been a sacred symbol from the eastern cultures to western regions. As one of the four states of matter, fire represents the great essence in our daily lives as an energy source with its warmth, light and aura, kindling feelings of truth and spirituality within us. In his poetic verses, fire was venerated by Zoroaster who led mankind to believe that there is one supreme lord that we may follow; a being that can only be known by the quest for truth (Asha). For Zoroaster truth was symbolic with fire as it brought people together in prayer. With the passage of time fire became consecrated in different orders with the higher ones being placed within covered buildings for protection. These buildings became temples of fire or Fire Temples where an eternal flame was kept and looked after by a priest so as to keep alive the salvation of humankind and continue our journey towards righteousness with the blessings of the supreme. With this, faith stayed alive as long as the Fire burned.

Herein lies my celebration of fire where I announce it to the follower on the path to truth as an eternal flame burning, yet resting in a place worthy of all its glory; an ambiance created to venerate the flame and reassure the traveler that its light has more to offer than meets the eye.

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