Firewalking in the Philippines
South of Manila in the Philippine Islands is Trece Martires City, a small community which succeeded Cavite City as provincial capital in 1954. It's named after 13 Filipino revolutionaries executed by the Spanish in Cavite City in 1896. Silang, on the highway to Tagaytay City, celebrates the Feast of Out Lady of Candles, on February 1st through the 3rd. Candles are blessed during a procession, then taken home to protect the house against danger. A few miles outside the town is Bgy. Marahan, the only place in the Philippines where firewalking is performed. Once a year in January, a group of seven elderly people celebrate their harvest by dancing into a circle of flames. Psychic investigators ponder the origins of this small cult's ritual. Possibly there's a connection with nearby Taal Volcano, which has often spewed fire and ash over this area. Or could there be a lost link with the firewalkers of India, Japan or the South Pacific islands of Fiji and Raiatea?


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