• Short Summary

    Hindu devotees in South Africa practice fire walking and piercing their bodies.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Fanaticism of the Orient".

    Durban, South Africa.

    GV Ext. Hindu temple.

    CU of feet of cameramen in socks. He has taken off his shoes for religious regions.

    VS of Indians outside the temple buying and selling foods.

    MS of man praying to statue of Krishna.

    VS of men about to undergo the ordeal of fire walking laying in the waters of a river clad in a single cloth garment part of the preparation for the ceremony.

    VS Good shots showing the fire being lit and priests pouring holy water over the smouldering ashes and Indians praying.

    VS of the men about to undergo the ordeal being pierced with pins and having their tongues pierced as they prepare for the ceremony - they are in a state of trance. One of these shots is really shocking.

    Good shots MSs and CUs of the men walking and running barefoot across the white hot ashes still in a state of trance and covered with the needles that are pierced through their skin.

    (Dublin reel)

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:34:39:00 / 01:36:35:00
    40/73 (Dublin)

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