Climb a Mountain of Swords or Plunge into a Sea of Flame

Date:2010-11-06
<P><P>The Yao Ethnic Group is an intrepid nationality. They like to put some danger and daring into their performances. For example, in the feat of climbing the sword ladder, also called “climbing a mountain of swords” sharp swords are fixed to a ladder as the rungs. The players climb up and down these sharp rungs barefoot, without harming their feet. There are also other feats for plunging into a sea of flame, such as stepping barefoot on scalding iron plowshares, walking barefoot over burning charcoal (sea of flame) and “walking the foot lamp”; that is, the players step on each of a series of lined-up bamboo lamps without extinguishing the lights. What amazing feats! </P><BR>
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