2 may 2011

fire walking ceremony, draupadi amman temple for the end of the draupadi amman temple festival, devotees walked across hot coals to show their devotion to their god. i arrived with ample time to spare and after i took my shoes off, the attendants let me into the restricted area where they were building the fire – being a foreigner with a camera can be really helpful sometimes. the heat was already fairly intense, and the men (all the workers were men) kept dousing one another with water so they wouldn’t overheat as they stoked the fire with wood and then…