Why Firewalking Doesn’t Burn: Science or Spirituality?

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 1, 2005   View Article

Each May in some northern Greek villages revelers walk barefoot across a bed of burning wood coals as part of a three-day celebration in honor of Saint Constantine and Saint Helen.

“They believe that the power of Saint Constantine—the religious power—allows them to do it and that that is a miracle,” said Loring Danforth, an anthropologist at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

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