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InvisibleSwami
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Re: Firewalking revisited [Re: Psiloman]
    #3031961 - 08/21/04 11:00 AM (16 years, 9 months ago)

Your guess is as good as mine as these rituals usually date back hundreds, if not thousands of years, but I would guess your second point is probably more accurate.

I envision some priest coming up with a ceremony to take away the fear of the villagers after an eruption or lava flow.

Check with your relatives and ask them what they think and check a geological map to see if there was a nearby volcano.


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Re: Firewalking revisited [Re: Swami]
    #3031971 - 08/21/04 11:05 AM (16 years, 9 months ago)

I will do so! The custom is well localised so it wouldnt be so difficult finding info on the geological background there.It is also very interesting that we have some volcanic islands in Greece and they are known to have still active volcanoes,and when i say active ,i mean they were active for a long time and even documented by Ancient Greek historians.Would be interesting to see if they have that custom there or what do the locals think of firewalking...

Nice one!


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Re: Firewalking revisited [Re: Psiloman]
    #3031982 - 08/21/04 11:12 AM (16 years, 9 months ago)

Greeks are also famous for their firewater; namely Metaxa and Ouzo. Drinker beware!


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Re: Firewalking revisited [Re: Swami]
    #3031996 - 08/21/04 11:20 AM (16 years, 9 months ago)

Hehehe...Ok for Ouzo,but i did not expect you to know Metaxa! A nice drink though if drunk in moderation...

Ouzo is "somewhat" a relative of of Absinthe (not implying wormwood presence,we use other flavors like liquorice but the method made is tis the same).

There are others as well...Try tsipouro (like ouzo but stronger) and the Cretan Tsikoudia and Raki with some honey inside...Now thats fire water,you can set it on flames!


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Re: Firewalking revisited [Re: Psiloman]
    #3032002 - 08/21/04 11:26 AM (16 years, 9 months ago)

Hehehe...Ok for Ouzo,but i did not expect you to know Metaxa!

Swami nose all and sieze all.


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Re: Firewalking revisited [Re: Swami]
    #3034065 - 08/21/04 09:22 PM (16 years, 9 months ago)

"Greeks are also famous for their firewater; namely Metaxa and Ouzo. Drinker beware!"

Actually, from what I've heard of Ouzo..

no, wait, yes beware, or at least prepare waking up badly bruised and even more confused in the morning.

Walking on coals is a simple thing. It's not very different than walking across a hot blacktop parking lot. Hotter? Maybe, but your feet are also dirty on coals. If you'd smear your feet with ash or dirt and walk onto that parking lot, you could stand still a lot longer.. even longer if you normally walk with no shoes on. Blisters and calluses win.

Staying warm in the cold is very different -- it's not a simple physical problem.
I don't believe there's been much testing done, scientific testing, of those monks, however.
A simple explanation would simply be that they have learned to control their body's metabolism, and increase it greatly. Such things can be learned, they take only concentration and patience.


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