• Short Summary

    In Ceylon, groups of mystics who worship the god Kataragama, have been holding demonstrations aimed at proving that faith can overcome pain.

  • Description

    1.
    MV Religious devotee holds crucible of fire
    0.13

    2.
    CV Devotees hold up hands
    0.18

    3.
    MV Devotees has skin pierced by metal hooks
    0.40

    4.
    FV As man goes into trance
    0.45

    5.
    GV Man hauled up scaffold and swinging freely
    1.10

    6.
    GV People dancing
    1.15

    7.
    GV Men swinging
    1.23

    8.
    SV Children dancing
    1.30

    9.
    SV Stocking embers
    1.31

    10.
    SV Woman dancing
    1.39

    11.
    GV Devotees approach fire
    1.44

    12.
    GV More dancing
    1.44

    13.
    SV People running across embers
    2.05

    14.
    CV Thermometer
    2.08

    15.
    SV More people running across embers
    2.19

    16.
    CV Woman's feet examined
    2.27



    Initials OJP/JH/MH/1448 OJP/JH/MH/1624



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: In Ceylon, groups of mystics who worship the god Kataragama, have been holding demonstrations aimed at proving that faith can overcome pain.

    The religious mystics and university dons have been involved in constant argument about the extent of pain the human body can tolerate. The mystics therefore organised a ceremony in colombo at which they hoped to prove their point that faith and inner purification could prevent pain. A follower had his skin pierced by metal hooks before these were attached to thin ropes and he was swung from a scaffold. In Ceylon this practice is often carried out as an act of penance by the mystics who believe that where there is no blood there can be no pain.

    In order to disprove the dons' theory that it takes courage only to perform such feats, the Kataragama followers then stocked up blazing coals for an exhibition of firewalking. they claimed they could even stand still on the coals without pain, but although encouraged by the enthusiastic singing and dancing of their adherents, those who took part int he exercise wasted little time in scuttling over the embers.

    After each run the devotees had their feet examined to show that nothing had happened. The dons, of course, felt this still didn't prove that faith....rather than courage...had helped in the performance.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4YK4BIB2REZTF496NKFP5IMKC
    Media URN:
    VLVA4YK4BIB2REZTF496NKFP5IMKC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/12/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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