Fire walk @ Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2013
Tonight is the 9th and the last day of 2013 Nine Emperor Gods Festival.
It has been 9 days after my last visit to the temple at Ampang.
The fire walking ritual started on 8pm and ended in 15 minutes.
Devotees were rushing in after the ceremony to bring home the ‘holy charcoal’.
I reached before sunset, and managed to find a ‘smoky’ spot to plant my self for the next 2 hours.
The rainy clouds were approaching but Kuala Lumpur was spared from thunder storm tonight. Penang was less lucky, the flood in Penang reached 5 feet.
Rains always accompany Nine Emperor Gods Festival. To me, I often associate ‘smoke’ with this festival.
I smelled like a smoked salmon after visiting the temple. As if the fire walk and incense were not enough, you could see the 3 devotees have cigarette in their mouth.
Pounding on the charcoals also generate fine coal particles into the air. It is highly recommended to wear mask to cover your nostril.
Kerosene was sprinkled onto the charcoal pathway to fuel the flame.
The heat was intense if you stand near the fire.
The dancing flame was mesmerizing.
when the fire subside with red hot coal, the fire walk was about to begin.
I am trying to stand at a new location but it was a bad decision. 90% of the shots have volunteer (‘rela’) guard blocking the view with their mobile camera.
I am not too sure if I will come again next year to inhale more smoke and watch the iPad screens from far.
Only Press photographers are allowed into the fenced compound. Other visitors like me have to stand in the crowd. The venue is a bit crowded to prohibit visitor to move around.
note: see one of the fire walker carrying his camera over the fire? Interesting.
Here are some links to the fire walk on 2012.