What’s the most fascinating cultural experience that you have had?? One of the most fascinating experiences on our Fijian holiday was witnessing the traditional firewalking ceremony. This is where the men walk barefoot across a bed of hot stones, without burning their feet. #learn#knowledge#didyouknow#interestingfacts ✅Firewalking has been practiced by many people and cultures, with the earliest reference dating back to Iron Age India (1200 BC). ✅The story of firewalking in Fiji begins around 500 years ago, when there were only around 50 people living in the village of Nakarovu Beqa Island. It is said that a young man, Tunaiviqalita, went in search of an eel to give to an elder, but instead found a small man – a spirit god – wrapped in tapa cloth. The small man, in exchange for his survival, promised to give Tunaiviqalita the gift of controlling fire, allowing him to walk on hot stones. ✅Firewalking takes preparation. Men are chosen as representatives for different villages, 10 days prior to a celebration, they segregate themselves from females and do not eat coconut. If they fail to do this, legend states that they will be punished with severe burns. The fire pit where these men will walk is dug out, 4m in diameter and 1.2m deep. Large river stones fill in the pit. Eight hours before the ceremony, a log fire is built over the top of the stones, heating them up. ✅Modern physics may explain the phenomenon, suggesting it’s a combination of poor heat conduction and the amount of time a foot is in contact with the stones.