Firewalking is an ancient sacred ritual performed for over 3000 years all over the world including India, Japan, Bali, Greece, Fiji, US
Temperature of the coals: between 1000 and 2000 degrees Fahrenheit
Practiced in Fiji by walking over hot stones rather than hot coals
In Hawaii, Kahunas walk over molten lava
On the Indonesian Island of Bali, young girls walk on fire in a ceremony called Sanghyang dedari
In Greece, Anastenarides dance on coals until extinguished to honor St. Constantine who walked into a burning church to save its icons
During Middle Ages practiced as an ordeal to determine guilt or innocence by forcing the accused to walk (sometimes blindfolded) over 6, 9 or 12 red-hot ploughshares. Feet were wrapped for 3 days then inspected for injuries. If unburned, the accused was deemed innocent; if burned – guilty.
In 1977 Tolly Burkan created the world’s first firewalking class and began teaching firewalking to the general public in the US.
Now promoted in self-empowerment seminars around the world
Conflicting theories abound over how it is possible: Leidenfrost effect, heat conductivity theory, mind over matter, raising chi to meet the fire, etc.
Good firewalks feel like walking on room-temperature styrofoam or popcorn
The best firewalks make you feel like you are “levitating” over the coals