,he ,otl (orm of this composition doesnt m-e much sense but if it is seprted into the three distinct(orms it depicts (ire under the essel with $tem stemmin% from the top of the essel. ,he essel ws used) b* the scribe) s metphor for the 8rth. ,he 8rth ws conceptulied s %ret continer of wter. +iven the %eolo%icl conditions found in 3entrl meric the cultures were wre of res of the erth tht spewed out hot volcnic wter. $uch conditions m* hve inspired this composition. ,he %esture si%ns for (ire nd $tem re prett* much the sme e'cept in si%nin% for stem the %esture si%n is mde bove the si%ners hed.
,he sme is lso true s %esture si%n to indicte $mo-e.e cn see some) v%ue) resemblnce to the %esture si%n nd the fire in the composition. ut we lso -now tht %esture si%ns were not lw*s used when it would be esier nd clerer to ust depict the obect. (or e'mple) there is little reltionship between the %esture si%n for (ro% 9 umpin% motion mde with the ri%ht hnd ner the left shoulder nd the depiction of (ro%.
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(meaning: blaze). Carry right arm well down in front of body, fingers partially closed; raise hand slightlyand snap fingers upwards. Repeat.
(meaning: fire-boat). a!e the sign for "#$%; then sign for &'R, holding hand a little higher than the head.
same as &ire but continue raising hand higher until oer head.
Illustration 2: The Fire The !essel. The Stea" Illustration #: $esture for Fire