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The history and origin of the candles

The origin of the candles is linked to the history of the discovery of fire by man and its uses.

The primitive peoples began with the use of torches soiled with animal fat to illuminate and subsequently some resin torches. Peoples such as the Egyptians, the Assyrians and later the Greeks and Romans used oil as fuel for their lanterns.

The actual birth of the candles is not clear, however: the Etruscans already built them with wax and tallow and as wick wickes or tow. Candles were placed in houses, in tombs, on altars. The wax was used as a waterproofing for ship hulls, used as a writing tablet, to build votive statues and dolls.

Further on, large candlesticks with many arms illuminated buildings, castles, churches and convents. The candles used by the rich were made of beeswax, burned slowly and gave off a pleasant scent, the houses of the poor were instead lit by candles made of somewhat stinky animal fat.

In 1831 stearin was extracted from tallow which burns without odors and later in 1850 paraffin was obtained from petroleum derivatives which is still used in the manufacture of candles.
With the advent of electricity there will be a progressive reduction in the consumption of candles.

In our day, candles and candlesticks are used as furnishing objects, which create a romantic and enchanted atmosphere.
Lately, it is back in fashion to build candles, with a thousand shapes, decorated with painting, stencil, decoupage, carved, modeled in strange, floating, gel, wax forms. All objects suitable to give friends or to create a warm and mysterious atmosphere in your home.
 

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