Looking for history of candlelight vigils


by Newai
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Newai
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Jan16-10, 07:48 PM
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Wikipedia has almost nothing on when this all started. Ditto for history of candle making.

Anyone know the history of this kind of vigil?
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Jan16-10, 09:40 PM
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You will probably find it most commonly in religious vigils. Since candles were a common manner of light at night before electricty or even gas, the only reference to them would be as gatherings at night. Perhaps torchlight ceremonies. But torchlight was common.
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Jan16-10, 09:42 PM
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If you just want a history of candlemaking, I can probably find some articles on that, I used to have some. They used to have oil lamps long before candles.

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Jan16-10, 11:55 PM
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Looking for history of candlelight vigils


Not so much candle-making, really. I only mentioned that because it was part of my search strategy. Odd that I can't find anything on the history of this kind of vigil. But where you mention religion, I'll try to find a religion forum and see if anyone knows.

Pray I avoid any proselytizing snowballs.
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Jan17-10, 07:31 AM
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Although this is more in the candle-making business than about vigils, I suggest you contact, for example, the Chandler's Guild in London. (It still exists).

The waxchandlers have their own website; here's a chronology from there:
http://www.waxchandlers.org.uk/origi...ys-history.php

Furthermore, at amazon.com, a history of the guild "The Wax Chandlers of London" is available from independent sources:
http://www.amazon.com/Wax-Chandlers-...3734832&sr=8-1
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Jan17-10, 07:33 AM
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Will do. Thank you.
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Jan17-10, 08:00 AM
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The following 700-page book by the historian Philippe Arries, "The hour of our death", seems to be a study of the changing perceptions of death, how death has been ritualized, and so on.

Perhaps worth looking into?
http://www.amazon.com/Hour-Our-Death...ref=pd_sim_b_3
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Jan17-10, 04:43 PM
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Nice find. I will look at that one.


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