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Folk activity 'walking on fire'

2014-12-10 13:59:15



The performance "walking on fire" was given in Pan'an county, East China's Zhejiang province on Sept 17, 2014. Twenty strong men walk through the fiery altar, measuring 10 meters in diameter. "Walking on fire" is a folk activity to ward off evil spirits and pray for safety, which has been listed as intangible cultural heritage by Zhejiang province.

"Fire walking" is a traditional activity in the villages of Zhejiang, which has been listed in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the province. Performers are barefoot on the charcoal fire and agitate the fire during the performance. Local people believe the ceremony can help them ward off evil spirits and bring in good luck.

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