Saturday, March 11, 2006

Trance Horse

Trance Horse, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

After the Kecak performance they set out wooden barricades (seen in the foreground) and assembled a big pile of coconut husks. They doused the pile with something (petrol, I assume) and the flames roared up almost to the canvas canopy above. Once they were glowing embers this fellow comes dancing and prancing out and begins kicking the flaming pile, sending sparks and husks flying! He trod right on the burning coals with his bare feet. Attendants would scoop the red hot husks back into a pile whilst he pranced about, then kick kick, they'd go flying again. A couple times he sent husks flying over the barricade into the (mostly Japanese) audience! Scary!
I have to say, what with the music going and the cool dancing and the great showers of sparks, this beats out any fire-walking I ever heard of.

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