13The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.
13 Verse 13. The fire shall ever be burning] See on and
. In imitation of this perpetual fire, the ancient
Persian Magi, and their descendants the Parsees, kept up a
perpetual fire; the latter continue it to the present day. This
is strictly enjoined in the Zend Avesta, which is a code of laws
as sacred among them as the Pentateuch is among the Jews. A
Sagnika Brahmin preserves the fire that was kindled at his
investiture with the poita, and never suffers it to go out, using
the same fire at his wedding and in all his burnt-offerings, till
at length his body is burnt with it.-WARD's Customs.