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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 9, 2015 e by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. THE ETERNAL FLAME The whole concept which reveres the sacrificial fire, the candlelight vigil, and every manner of etemal flame, appears to have been born with Greek Mythology. It all started with Hep-haestus, blacksmith of the gods; then the flame passed to Prometheus, one of two brothers who were charged by the gods to cre- ate man, and to provide him with the means necessary for his preservation. Zeus became angered when Prometheus tried to trick him, so the mighty one threatened to destroy the human race by withholding fire, and to create other beings in place of humans. Prometheus was so con- cemed about saving those poor mortals that he went up to Mt. Olympus, stole fire from the gods, and brought it back to mankind in a hollow reed. When this act was dis- covered, Zeus ordered that Prometheus be seized and chained to a rock high on a mountain. Each day a mon- strous eagle tore at his liver, Prometheus Brings Fire by Heinrieh Friedrieh F/iger. which grew whole again each night. As man developed his facili- ties to control the use of flame, the fireside became the center of family life, and the Greek god- dess Hestia was worshipped as the protector of the family hearth and the founder of the family unit. Meanwhile, the reverence which had devel- oped for Hephaestus in Greece encouraged the worship of Vulcanus or Vulcan in Rome. Also, af- ter learning about Hestia, the Romans developed their worship of Vesta, god- dess of the Roman hearth. She was worshiped by the Romans during ancient times independently of any connection with Greece. The worship of Vesta goes back to the time when it was difficult but neces- sary to obtain fire. Then, as well as now, among some primitive tribes, the custom of always keeping a fire alive for use in the community was developed, and even to carry it to new settlements. This custom was preserved in the religion of later Greeks and Romans even after more modem technologies had been developed. The sacred fire, the source of all Roman life and power, was kept alive in a structure known as the Temple of Vesta, the sub- ject of next week's column. Pirandello Invitation to Enjoy a Beautiful Evening of Italian Song The Pirandello Lyceum Filippo's, 238 Causeway Street, Evening of Italian Song will North End, Boston, at 5:30 pm. be held on Monlay evening, This evening is in conjunction October 12 {Colunbus Day), at with the celebration of October Happy Cotumbus Day STATE REPRESENTATIVE LaMattina & Family Boston City Councilor - District 1 7 and the staff of the pa wish everyone a wonderful Columbus Day Parade. Italian-American Heritage Month. Through the generosity of Fflippo and Anna Frattaroli, the Pirandello holds this event as part of its scholarship program. The evening consists of a lovely and delicious Italian buffet dinner with music and song. Vincent Amara will provide beautiful Italian music of the many regions of Italy. There will also be a tribute to our great many Italian-American singers, such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Perry Como and Connie Francis. Those of you who love to sing, or hear the beautiful voices from our Italian commu- nity, are cordially invited to participate. For information and reserva- tions, call Dorothy Maio at 781-245-6536, or Nicolane Ciano 617-354-9400. ............................. ~i:iiiii .................... iiii MARIO REAL ESTATE 620 Bennington Street East Boston, MA 02128 Office: 617.569.6044 Fax: 617.567.3303 REMINDER: RACHEL REVERE COMMUNITY MEETING October 14, 2015, 6:30 - 8:00 pm ST. JOHN SCHOOL 9 Moon Street, North End, Boston, MA 02113 THE ]PR : As part of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department's continuing efforts to provide quality open space and recre- ation areas for use and enjoyment by all residents of the city, efforts are underway to make improvements to Rachel Revere Square. WE NEED YOUR HELP! The Parks Department is very interested in what the com- munity has to contribute to the design process. We need your help in determining how this plaza will look and func- tion in the future. WHAT TO E] F, CT: Kyle Zick, Principal with Kyle Zick Landscape Architects, will facilitate the meeting, supported by a Parks Depart- ment official. The presentation will discuss the preferred design alternatives based on the community input received in the first and second meetings. Following the presenta- tion, community members will be invited to offer input regarding the material presented. Happy Columbus Day Emanuel Happy Columbus Day from STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 3