Firewalking: A Contemporary Ritual and Transformation

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Emily D. Edwards, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Firewalking is an ancient ritual that can be categorized as a wondrous performance with a powerful effect on believers. The New Age movement is reviving the ceremony through workshops and seminars. The event involves a form of mutual social pretense that overcomes logical convention. A participant in a firewalk that became part of a documentary video describes the experience.

Additional Information

TDR 42 (1998): 98-114
Language: English
Date: 1998
Firewalking, Ritual, New Age movement

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