~Fire is the rapid oxidation of a material in the exothermic chemical process of combustion, releasing heat, light, and various reaction products~
That is the definition but the control of fire by early humans was a turning point in the cultural aspect of human evolution. Fire provided a source of warmth, protection, improvement on hunting and a method for cooking food.
These cultural advancements allowed for human geographic dispersal, cultural innovations, and changes to diet and behaviour. Additionally, creating fire allowed the expansion of human activity to proceed into the dark and colder hours of the evening. Earliest definitive evidence of control of fire by a member of Homo range dates from 1.7 to 0.2 million years ago!
Fire represents many things in Dalmatia
Where is a fire there is a smoke, and where is a smoke there is the smoked meat. A careful process. Where there is a small stone house, there smoke coming out of the chimney and the stone roof tiles. There is a good food, warmth of the home, closenest and hospitality one needs to experience so join us to the glorious ancient fire driven adventure
There is also a fireplace, where old grandma is making some of the most delicious dishes that date back to ancient times. Ilyrians, Delmats, Greeks, Romans, Croatians, Ottomans…they all have much in common but one is universal. Authentic gastronomy.
Soparnik, Peka, fish stew, bean stew, carefully grilled fish, freshly baked peka bread and its glorious scent! Mmmmmmm delicious
Fire has depth in its meaning in our tradition. It inspired the famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović who, as a child, lived in inland Dalmatia. He grew up by the fireplace listening to myths and legends which inspired him to create and express his vivid imagination and create something so divine.