We thus find Prometheus in the position of the fire-bringer, or fire-stealer, and so connected with a very wide cycle of similar mythical benefactors.
The fire-bringer in Brittany is the golden or fire-crested wren.
A bird is fire-bringer in an Andaman island tale, and a ghost in another myth of the same island.'
46, 2).6 In considering the whole question, one must beware of the 1 For these see Brough Smith with Howitt, Native Tribes of Southeast Australia, Aborigines of Victoria; Kuhn, on bird fire-bringer in Isle of Man, Die Herabkunft des Feuers, p. 109; Van Gennep, Mythes et legendes d'Australie.
For example, when a bird is spoken of as the fire-bringer we need not necessarily conclude that, in each case, the bird means lightning.