December 29, 2013
Fire Walking in Zhejiang, China
Photograph by Reuters
A man walks across burning charcoal as he participates in the traditional ritual called lianhuo, or fire walking, in China's Zhejiang Province. Lianhuo, a traditional local ritual listed in 2005 as an intangible cultural heritage of the province, involves dozens of men walking across burning charcoal or firewood barefooted, as a way to ward off evil and pray for good fortune.
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