• Short Summary

    THE ANNUAL THREE-DAY CEREMONIES WHICH CULMINATE IN A FRENZIED BAREFOOT DANCE OVER LIVE CHARCOAL EMBERS TOOK PLACE AT LANGADA, NEAR THE GRECO-BULGARIAN BORDER IN MACEDONIA LAST WEEK.

  • Description

    THE ANNUAL THREE-DAY CEREMONIES WHICH CULMINATE IN A FRENZIED BAREFOOT DANCE OVER LIVE CHARCOAL EMBERS TOOK PLACE AT LANGADA, NEAR THE GRECO-BULGARIAN BORDER IN MACEDONIA LAST WEEK.

    THE STRANGE AND EXCITING RELIGIOUS RITE, WHICH HAS BEEN PERFORMED WITHOUT A BREAK FOR THE PAST 3,000 YEARS, IS BELIEVED TO ORIGINATE FROM THE DIONYSIAN MYSTERIES OF OLD. NOW THE CEREMONIES ATTRACT TOURISTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, SEEKING AN EXPLANATION OF HOW THE FIRE-WALKERS ARE UNAFFECTED BY THE BURNING COALS.

    PERFORMED EACH YEAR ON ST. CONSTANTINE AND HELEN'S DAY (MAY 21), THE ORGIASTIC RITE OF "ANASTENARIA", OR FIRE-WALKING, CONSISTS OF THE PARTICIPANTS DANCING THEMSELVES INTO NEAR FRENZY, HOLDING OLD IKONS OF ST. CONSTANTINE AND HELEN IN THEIR HANDS, AND THEN DANCING BAREFOOT OVER THE BED OF FIRE.

    EXAMINATION OF THEIR FEET AFTER THE CEREMONY HAS SHOWN THAT THEY SUSTAIN NOT THE SLIGHTEST TRACE OF BURNS, AND EVEN THE HAIR OF THEIR TOES REMAINS UNSIGNED. SCIENTISTS ATTEMPTING TO EXPLAIN THE PHENOMENON HAVE ADVANCED THE THEORY THAT THE FIRE-WALKERS REACH SUCH A HEIGHT OF FRENZY THAT THEIR BODIES EMIT RADIOACTIVE WAVES WHICH ACT AS AN INSULATING SCREEN AND PREVENTS THEM FROM BEING BURNED.

    THE WHOLE CEREMONY IS CARRIED OUT TO THE ACCOMPANIMENT OF CLARINET AND DRUMS BEATING OUT A HAUNTING BARBARIC RYTHM.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6EEQIDLYR1KVKMQL4GZJU05LC
    Media URN:
    VLVA6EEQIDLYR1KVKMQL4GZJU05LC
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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