Fire Walk (Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2012)
Fire walking is the finale and the climax of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival at Ampang.
It was a steamy hot event to close off the 9th day of the festival.
I finished my business meeting in Kuala Lumpur and stopped by Ampang Nine Emperor Gods Temple to witness the annual event.
I arrived after 6pm and the temple compound already set with sand and first layer of the charcoal.
Only males were allowed to participate in the preparation of the fire walk. It was intensive and very dusty.
By 7:15pm, few layers of charcoals already chunked down and compressed. Gasoline fuelled the blaze.
The fire has mesmerizing beauty to it.
Heat radiated and I could feel the high temperature standing from a distant.
The picture above showed you the settings, where visitors were fenced off for safety reason. Photographers have a tough time finding a good spot and peeking through the net. Only photographers from news media were allowed to be inside the fence. So I was one of the visitor among the crowd.
I was standing in the wrong direction and from a far distance, thus couldn’t get a good view of the faces of the devotees. Anyway, it was a fascinating experience for visitors and the participants. At least no one gotten burn (I read that some participants suffered injury from Tony Robbins’ motivational fire walk few months ago).
Accident could happen if the coals were not fully burned (water contents increase the heat conductivity to the skin).
The fire walk finished in less than an hour. Do read part 2 following this post to find out what happened next …