Travelogue

Fire walk @ Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2013

Tonight is the 9th and the last day of 2013 Nine Emperor Gods Festival.

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It has been 9 days after my last visit to the temple at Ampang.

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The fire walking ritual started on 8pm and ended in 15 minutes.

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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.

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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.

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Rains always accompany Nine Emperor Gods Festival. To me, I often associate ‘smoke’ with this festival.

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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.

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Pounding on the charcoals also generate fine coal particles into the air. It is highly recommended to wear mask to cover your nostril.

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Kerosene was sprinkled onto the charcoal pathway to fuel the flame.

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The heat was intense if you stand near the fire.

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The dancing flame was mesmerizing.

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when the fire subside with red hot coal, the fire walk was about to begin.

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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.

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I am not too sure if I will come again next year to inhale more smoke and watch the iPad screens from far.

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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.

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note: see one of the fire walker carrying his camera over the fire? Interesting.

Here are some links to the fire walk on 2012.

Fire Walk on Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2012

9th day of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2012

Eve of Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2012 part 2

Eve of Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2012 part 1

Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2013 at Tow Boo Keong Temple (Ipoh)

Eve of Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2013

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5 responses

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  2. sam

    Unfortunately, the guy in your photograph with the camera fire walking wasn’t me. I too took my camera across the fire pit twice and recorded a video.

    Sam

    October 18, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    • sam

      BTW, here’s myself with a real time video walking across the fire pit,

      http://9-emperor-festival-kajang-selangor.blogspot.com/

      October 18, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      • Hi Sam,
        Thank you for sharing. It was excellent to have the exclusive ‘insider’ view of the precious moments. Your pictures give excellent view of the detailed process. For visitors who are not familiar with the Nine Emperor Gods Festival, Sam’s blog provides great images and information.

        cheers, Tennyson

        October 18, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    • Hah hah, I am struggling to get a glimpse of the firewalk. Good to have photographers inside the fences to provide better point of view.

      October 18, 2013 at 9:00 pm

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