From the myth of Prometheus to the Olympics or the crests of the most prestigious universities: torches seem to be everywhere, even on skin…

For thousands of years, the torch stood for light and life for ancient peoples.

On a symbolic level, it has always been associated with immortality and eternal inner enlightenment and as a consequence, is still seen today as a positive element whenever it is mentioned or seen.

Alvaro Alonso, Malibu Tattoo, Sitges, Spain
Alvaro Alonso, Malibu Tattoo, Sitges, Spain

The famous Olympic torch which every four years marks the opening of the most celebrated games on earth is a homage to that of Prometheus, the mythological character who made the gift of fire to mankind after he had stolen it from Zeus.

For his crime, Prometheus was condemned by the father of all the gods to an awful punishment. He was tied to a rock and his liver was continually eaten by an eagle during the daytime, while every night the organ grew back again. And all because of a torch taken from Zeus.

Maddison Magick, The Tattoo Emporium, Nottingham, UK
Maddison Magick, The Tattoo Emporium, Nottingham, UK

Closer to our own times, there is the Statue of Liberty www.tattoolife.com/statue-of-liberty-tattoos-ink-and-secrets/ standing tall in New York harbour, another extremely popular manifestation of the value of the torch.

This monument shows a female figure holding an enormous blazing torch in one hand. The unconscious association is that a torch held above the head symbolises life, lucidity of consciousness and the regenerative power of knowledge.

Debora Cherrys, La Mujer Barbuda, Getafe, Spain
Debora Cherrys, La Mujer Barbuda, Getafe, Spain

That is why many universities and colleges in the English-speaking world use this symbol to underline the culture and knowledge which are the essence of these seats of academia.

In England, in the 1950s, there were road signs of a torch to indicate that there was a school nearby. As if to say that we were in the vicinity of a place which gave paramount importance to the enlightenment of mind and spirit.

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