3/06/2017

Turn the heat up! Fire-walking festival in Japan

Fire-walking festival in Japan
Fire-walking festival in Japan

Shugendo is a religion unique to Japan that mixes Buddhism and ancient mountain worshipping practices.
The Nagatoro Hi-Matsuri is a ceremony of purification for devotees of Shugendo.
Shugendo is a religion unique to Japan that mixes Buddhism and ancient mountain worshipping practices.
A sacred fire must be set before ritual processes go underway.
Fire-walking festival in Japan

The rite is meant to stave off misfortune and ensure peace, longevity and good health.
To finalize the ceremony, the monks at the Fudoji temple in Nagatoro town, Saitama prefecture walk through a path of smoldering embers, followed by worshippers who wish to try fire-walking themselves.
Fire-walking is believed to be possible as red-hot coals have low thermal capacity.

Fire-walking festival in Japan

Fire-walking festival in Japan

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