Carl Johan Jacobsen: how to cook with fire in your hearth
Throughout the history of the world there has been an intimate connection between fire and the growth of cultures. The makings of a fire pit, universally connects all ancient cultures together.
One must assume that there was a time, when humanity did not possess fire. The legends and myth relating to the origin of fire are evocative and dramatic, such as the story of prometheus defying the gods by stealing fire and giving it to humanity and while the stories differ to each other, there appears to be similarities in the stories around the world in the way which man captured fire for themselves. In that sense myths truly are public dreams and contrary to that, dreams are private myths.
Today the remains of a fire pit, called a hearth is considered a key archaeologic feature, which contains information about past cultures. Radiocarbon dating from a fire pit can tell a story of when a region was first populated or when a civilisation died out.
Furthermore our hearths used to be the gathering place for storytelling, as we would sit around the fire and share stories.
In this day and age, modern technology has practically stripped fire from the scene, in its place of the hearths are slick and modern television screens. Today stories are generated projected to us, from the void. Now as I sit on my space grey aluminum chair and look out onto the screen, I can’t help but wonder… How to cook with fire your Hearth?
how to cook with fire in your Hearth by Carl Johan Jacobsen