The etymology of Torch it is not clear, although it is believed that the term could derive from the Occitan word twist. A torch is a portable object that can burn at one end, thus serving as a lighting source.

It usually consists of a rod with a cloth that is soaked in a flammable substance. In this way, it is possible to light the cloth located at one end and take the torch by the other end, in such a way that the fire.

In ancient times, torches were often placed on the walls of a castle or other building to illuminate the corridors. If a person needed to transport the illumination to another environment, he could appeal to one of these torches and move with it.


The torches allow to light a path or an environment.

Origins of the torch

Once he human being A prehistoric man managed to master fire, he began to light fires in order to obtain lighting in the caves, ward off predators, cook food and warm himself. It is estimated that the torches arose almost spontaneously from the sparks that caused these fires.

Little by little, different types of torches emerged, which were a key element for man for thousands of years. Even in the Middle Ages torches were the basis of the Street lighting.

The development of the torch that we know today is due to the egyptians. This town was the first to resort to the format of a stick with one end fuel: what the Egyptians did was use straw that they impregnated with resin or wax.

Olympic Games symbol

The Olympic Games, which take place every four years unless some extraordinary situation prevents it, are considered the largest multidisciplinary event in world sport. One of its traditions is the lighting of the olympic flame, which is transported by a torch through a system of posts or relays.

Olympic torch

The tradition of the Olympic torch goes back to Ancient Greece.

The Olympic flame arose in the Ancient Olympic Games by way of reference to the theft of fire from the gods perpetrated by Prometheus. After a while without being carried out, the ritual was reintroduced in Amsterdam 1928; from Berlin 1936, includes the relay trip with the torch from Olympia to the venue of the event.

Currently the calls turns on Olympia and, with a torch, is carried Athens. From the Greek capital the itinerary begins to the city that hosts the edition of the Olympic Games. Those who carry the Olympic torch are famous athletes and prominent personalities from other fields.

The torch as a guide

The dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) also recognizes a symbolic use of the notion. It can be named as a torch to what works as compass or allows illuminate knowledge.

For instance: “The work of the German chemist was a torch that radiated light in a dark age for science”, “Without trying, with his gaucho stories the writer became a torch in the rural areas of the province”, “The Peruvian singer continues to be a torch capable of dazzling at every concert”.