FIRE WALKING: BIG­GEST EVENT I N SOUTH AFRICA

Weekend Witness - - Religion -

IN­DEN­TURED labour­ers who came to KwaZulu-Natal from vil­lages around Madras, In­dia in 1860, brought with them the tra­di­tion of fire walking in hon­our of the god­dess Drau­padi.

Pi­eter­mar­itzburg hosts the largest an­nual fire-walking cer­e­mony in South Africa.

The event, held ev­ery Good Fri­day, dates back 130 years and is or­gan­ised by the his­toric Siva Soobramoniar and Marriamen tem­ples on Lan­gal­ibalele Street.

Devo­tees who walk the 10-me­tre long bed of coals pre­pare for 10 to 18 days be­fore the event.

— WWR.

PHOTO: NASH NARRANDES

Hindu devo­tee Deneva Padayachee pre­pares one of the many char­i­ots dur­ing the an­nual fire-walking cer­e­mony held in the cap­i­tal yes­ter­day.

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