A brazier is a container for fire, generally taking the form of an upright standing or hanging metal bowl or box. Used for holding burning coal as well as fires, a brazier allows for a source of light, heat, or cooking. Braziers have been reported in many early archaeological
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 excavations, for example the Nimrud brazier recently recovered by the Iraqi National Museum dating back to at least 824 BCE.

Braziers are mentioned in the Bible
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. The Hebrew word rendered “brazier” (´ach) is of Egyptian origin, suggesting that the brazier itself was an innovation from Egypt. It appears that in the better homes the brazier was preferred to a depression in the floor of the house, in which a fire could be built. King Jehoiakim had a brazier, probably one made of metal, in his winter house (Jer 36:22,23). At some churches, a brazier is used to create a small fire, called new fire, which is then used to light the Paschal candle
Paschal candle
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 during the Easter Vigil
Easter Vigil
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. It is also said by Fernando de Alva Cortés Ixtlilxochitl
Fernando de Alva Cortés Ixtlilxochitl
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 that the Tepanec
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Tlatoani is the Nahuatl term for the ruler of an altepetl, a pre-Hispanic state. The word literally means "speaker", but may be translated into English as "king". A is a female ruler, or queen regnant....

 (Basically a king but literally meaning "Great Speaker") Tezozomoc, slept between two Braziers because he was so old he produced no natural heat. The Roman Emperor Jovian in 364 AD was poisoned by a brazier in his tent, ending the line of Constantine.

Braziers are a common place sight on picket lines. Although in the UK in recent years as strikes have moved from a blue collar
Blue collar
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 to white collar
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 occupation they are being seen less and less.

Rose and grapevine trimmings make very good charcoal for braziers and when burned moist give out even greater aroma.

Evidence of the inhalation of cannabis smoke can be found in the 3rd millennium B.C, as indicated by charred cannabis seeds found in a ritual brazier at an ancient burial site in present day Romania.

The brazier used in the Japanese tea ceremony
Japanese tea ceremony
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 is called a hibachi
The is a traditional Japanese heating device. It consists of a round, cylindrical or a box-shaped open-topped container, made from or lined with a heatproof material and designed to hold burning charcoal....

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