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A description of how to make military fire pots is given in Lucar, , cited by Martin Fill every of those pottes halfe with grosse gunpowder pressed downe harde, and with one of the five severall mixtures next following in this Chapter, fill up the other half of those pottes: This done, cover the mouth of every potte with a peece of canvasse bound hard about the mouth of the potte, and well imbrued in melted brimstone.
I meane than to fire the said mixture after the potte is broken with burning gunmatches. Moreover this is to be noted, that the small pottes do serve for to be throne out of one shippe into an other in fight uppon the sea, and that the great pottes are to be used in service uppon the lande for the defence of townes, fortes, walles, and gates, and to burne such things as the enemies shall throe into ditches for to fill up the same ditches, and also to destroy enemies in their trenches and campes".
By the midth century, fire pots had largely been replaced by shells filled with explosives , which may be seen as the direct descendants of military fire pots.
There is an element of mystery in fire, which at times has led to fire worship. Fire pots have been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years.
A Censer is any type of vessel made for burning incense. They range from simple earthenware bowls to intricately carved silver or gold vessels, small table top objects a few centimetres tall to as many as several metres high.
In many cultures, burning incense has spiritual and religious connotations, and this influences the design and decoration of the censer. Before a Buddhist tantric ritual, an assisting monk may swing a censer or thurible as he passes to 'purify' the room.
This is a container usually made of metal that hangs form three chains. Inside it, powdered incense that has been put on a smoldering bit of charcoal burns slowly, and the smoke escapes through pierced openings in the closed lid.
One tradition says that during one of the Buddha's sermons a monk heedlessly swatted a mosquito. The Tathagatha is said to have ordered that, in the future, incense ought to be lit in order to keep the flies away, so that people could more easily concentrate on Dharma teachings, but also to prevent the needless taking of lives.
Censers are used in the Roman Catholic, Anglo-Catholic, Old Catholic and Eastern Orthodox sects of the Christian religion during important rituals such as benedictions , processions and important masses.
In Genesis 15, a chapter of the Bible ,  God instructs Abraham to cut a heifer , a she goat, a ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon into halves.
When it got dark, "a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between the pieces", and later God made a covenant with Abraham granting him and his heirs extensive lands between the River of Egypt either the Nile or the Wadi el Arish in the Sinai and the Euphrates.
Texts from Mari in northern Mesopotamia from about the same period say that parties entering into a covenant would seal the agreement by cutting a donkey in half and then walking between the severed pieces.
One interpretation of the ceremony described in Genesis 15 is that God made an unconditional covenant when God alone symbolized by the fire pot, or the fire in it passed between the two halves of the slaughtered animals.
Participants sit near one another and take turns smelling incense from a censer as they pass it around the group. Participants comment on and make observations about the incense, and play games to guess the incense material.
Sakthi Karagam is a dance performed in Tamil Nadu with a fire pot on the head in the Mariamman or Durga temple rituals.
Today it is danced with a pot decorated with flowers on the head and is known as 'Aatta Karagam' and symbolises joy and merriment. In earlier times, the clay pot, or Karagam, was considered the residence of the local deity during the festival ,  which played a crucial role in community bonding.
It is not clear whether the pot ever contained fire, or was so named because it was carried over fire by fire walkers. Although the fire pot and its ancestor the fire pit are still in use in their original forms, successive technical refinements have led to many modern descendants whose origin in the simple clay container might be hard to guess.
Some have been driven by the need to adapt to new fuels, such as charcoal , oil , coal , coke , kerosene , propane , electricity and microwaves.
Others have been made possible through discovery of new materials such as iron , bronze , ceramics and asbestos. Always the motive would have been to improve the design, to make a device for managing fire that was cheaper, more robust, more convenient, more capable of meeting new demands.
Often improvements made for industrial purposes found their way into improved cooking devices, and vice versa. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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