Who invented candles?
Many people would be very surprised to learn that the candle, in some form or another, has been around for thousands of years. As for who invented candles? That gets a bit tricky to answer since solid proof or substantial evidence is hard to come by for those times. Some people or resources indicate that as far back as cavemen, if you believe in them, dipped sticks in animal fat and used those as a light source.
Well from my experience in playing way too many video games and role playing games, this would be called a torch, so personally, I can’t accept this as an answer for quite a few different reasons. One big one is whether cave men even existed. That is a hard one that really conflicts with a lot of peoples religious beliefs. I am still uncertain on this and waiting on the jury! 🙂
Was it the Egyptians?
One possible answer could be gleaned from the ancient times of Egypt and the beautiful pyramids, around 3,000 BC. It is said that the Egyptians used some forms of candles during these dark ancient times for light. Some have deduced that they would have used some kinds of tapers and wax or tallow, a form of animal fat. To this day, information is a bit scarce and as with anything regarding ancient times, there is much speculation.
I would have to think that a people who could engineer and build such renowned structures as great as the Egyptian Pyramids, would definitely have come up with an impressive light source for back then.
Was it the Romans?
Other people believe that the actual candle in its current form came from the Romans, around 750 BC all the way to the 1400’s AD. It is said that the Roman candles were rolled forms of papyrus dipped in bees wax along with pouring wax over flax, hemp or ropes which gave them a kind of wick. While a lot of innovations of today are attributed to things going all the way back to the Roman time period, it would be really hard to say if the actual candle came from them.
When it comes to ancient times, although we have done a great job as a whole, there are just too many gaps of unknowns to determine if candles came from the Ancient Romans!
Was it the Asians?
While scientific research has dated some Asian civilizations as far back as 9000 BC, little information is known about those periods in time and certainly no pictures or hieroglyphics to show what kinds of light sources people were using at that time. The areas of ancient Asia are huge and information is quite scarce. I have spent quite a bit of time looking through internet resources and could quite get anything I was looking for. It has been stated that some people believe that the ancient Asians used paper tubes, insect wax and wicks made from rolled rice papers.
To this day, candle making is a huge part of the Asian cultures and they have definitely perfected it into a fine art.
In conclusion, I will believe that the original candles were made in some type by the ancient Asians. It was a long period of time, we really don’t have anything to go on other than human kind living for 6000 years before the times of the Egyptians. I would have to think that there were many forms of lights during that time period in order to survive!
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