• Short Summary

    AT LANGADA VILLAGE OF MACEDONIA, GREECE, CROWDS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY WATCHED ON TUESDAY THE "ANASTENARIA" -- THE FIRE WALKERS' RITE.

  • Description

    1.
    TV MEN CARRYING HOLY ICONS DANCE IN SQUARE.
    0.05

    2.
    SV DITTO.
    0.09

    3.
    TV PRIEST OF THE "ANASTENARIA" BLESSES FIRE WALKERS.
    0.13

    4.
    SCU DITTO.
    0.17

    5.
    TV GENDARMES TURN AWAY ORTHODOX PRIESTS.
    0.22

    6.
    SV FIRE LIT.
    0.26

    7.
    LV SPECTATORS WITH UMBRELLAS UP.
    0.30

    8.
    CU.PAN..FIRE.
    0.33

    9.
    SV DANCERS.
    0.37

    10.
    CU DRUMMER.
    0.40

    11.
    SV FIRE WALKERS ARRIVE LED BY THEIR CHIEF.
    0.46

    12.
    SV FEET THROUGH FIRE.
    0.52

    13.
    SCU WOMAN FIRE WALKER.
    0.56

    14.
    SV FEET OF MAN AND WOMAN THROUGH FIRE.
    0.59

    15.
    SCU MALE FIRE WALKER.
    1.01

    16.
    SV FEET THROUGH FIRE.
    1.11

    17.
    SV ONLOOKERS.
    1.13



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: AT LANGADA VILLAGE OF MACEDONIA, GREECE, CROWDS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY WATCHED ON TUESDAY THE "ANASTENARIA" -- THE FIRE WALKERS' RITE. DURING THE CEREMONY, WHICH DATES BACK 3,000 YEARS, THE TEMPERATURE OF THE CHARCOAL RISES TO ABOUT 150 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT.

    THE RITE IS THE CLIMAX OF AN ELABORATE CEREMONY LASTING THREE DAYS TO MARK SAINT CONSTANTINE'S DAY, THE PATRON SAINT OF THE FIRE WALKERS. THOSE TAKING PART HOLD AN ANCIENT BYZANTINE ICON OF THE SAINT AS THEY WALK BAREFOOTED OVER A BED OF LIVE CHARCOAL EMBERS WITHOUT SUSTAINING THE SLIGHTEST BURN.

    THIS YEAR, THE ORTHODOX ARCHBISHOPRIC OF SALONIKA, CONSIDERING THIS RITE AS THE REMNANT OF ANCIENT IDOLATRY, ATTEMPTED TO BAN THE CEREMONY. HOWEVER, WHEN FOUR PRIESTS TRIED TO BAN THE BLESSING OF THE FIRE WALKERS, THEY WERE REMOVED BY POLICE.

    SCIENTISTS TRYING TO EXPLAIN THE STRANGE PHENOMENON OF THE "ANASTENARIA", HAVE ADVANCED THE THEORY THAT WHEN THE FIRE WALKERS WORK THEMSELVES INTO A STATE OF FRENZY, THEIR BODIES EXUDE PSYCHIC RADIO-ACTIVE WAVES ACTING AS AN INSULATING SCREEN TO PROTECT THEM FROM BEING BURNED. THE FIRE WALKERS THEMSELVES HAVE A SIMPLER EXPLANATION: "OUR PATRON SAINT CONSTANTINE PROTECTS US", THEY SAY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA53QBHYIORT0JB95NUR913WPYF
    Media URN:
    VLVA53QBHYIORT0JB95NUR913WPYF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/05/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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