Friday, September 7, 2007
Firewalking in Greece
Firewalking...the act of walking barefoot over a bed of hot embers or stones...has a long history in many cultures as a serious ritual and test of faith. For example, firewalking is practiced by Eastern Orthodox Christians in parts of Greece. Firewalking is also practiced by African-born Hindus, by the !Kung Bushmen of the African Kalahari desert, by Japanese Taoists and Buddhists, by Polynesian tribes, by fakirs, and by Western motivational speakers such as Anthony Robbins and Andy Harrington. Firewalking has a religious or spiritual purpose, and is practiced for healing, in religious ceremonies, religious feasts, in rites of purification, and transcendence.