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  • Short Summary

    Religious ceremony - several people run across hot coals.

  • Description

    No title. According to paper records this is a story called "The Ordeal of Fire" and was shot in India.

    A large procession of people walk through a village street - some play musical instruments. M/S of a man standing beside a Buddha or other religious icon. His hands are clasped in prayer. Shots of other religious people walking and dancing. Some seem to be in spiritual trances. M/S of a large pile of wood on fire - a funeral pyre possibly. People walk towards a smaller pile and place branches on the fire. A man stands in front of the fire as a woman moves strangely - she seems to be going into a trance.

    Intertitle reads: "Red hot cinders - a path of scorching heat - but across it these devotees cross - to Paradise." Panning shot reveals an area of hot coals. People run across the coals one by one. It looks like some are made to do so against their will.

    Was an item in Pathe Pictorial issue number 689.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    912.10
    Media URN:
    15383
    Group:
    Eve pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    15/06/1931
    Sound:
    Mute
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:24:09:00 / 01:26:20:00
    Canister:
    EP 174

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