Monday, 10. October 2005
This is a comparitive analysis of the nature and purpose of Native North American firewalking and fire handling cultures against the rituals of the Greek firedancing Anastenarides, and contemporary firewalkers of the United States. Ethnographic data on firewalking cultures worldwide, as well as attempts at a scientific explanation, contribute to the understanding of this rite of purification, healing, and passage.
Firewalking Traditions Among Native North Americans
Knowing the secret behind firewalking can improve your life! Even if you never do it yourself, knowing how it works can bring you better health and increased personal power. Why? Because firewalking demonstrates how your thoughts impact everything else in your life. Thoughts change brain chemistry, and that results in an alteration of body chemistry as well. This is immediately apparent when you entertain a sexual fantasy. Firewalkers are instructed to pay close attention to their thoughts, since those very thoughts are the way in which we create our own realities. Positive thinkers literally live in a different chemical environment than negative thinkers. They impose less stress on their immune systems, and the result of that should be obvious.
F.I.R.E. - Firewalking Institute of Research and Education (English)
by Rob O'Brien, Anthropology.
|"They believe that the power of Saint Constantine—the religious power—allows them to do it and that that is a miracle," said Loring Danforth, an anthropologist at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.|
The festival is just one of the many events around the world in which people walk across a fire pit without getting burned.
Danforth has extensively studied fire-walking rituals, including the event in northern Greece and the more recently established fire-walking movement in the U.S.
As interest in fire walking has grown, he said, scientists have attempted to demystify the phenomenon and tease apart the allure of the ritual. But no amount of debunking can take away from the empowerment a fire walker can feel, Danforth says.
Why Fire Walking Doesn't Burn:
Science or Spirituality?
Article by National Geographic.
Photograph by James L. Stanfield
During a Hindu purification ritual, a Fiji
islander walks across hot coals.
Scientists cite laws of physics to explain
why fire walkers' feet don't burn.
Other explanations venture into the
realms of spirituality and willpower.