Japanese worshippers prayed for the safety of themselves and their households on Sunday by walking barefoot with Buddhist monks over smouldering coals at an annual competition near Mt Takaosan.
The fire-walking used to be more stressful than long-established because individuals were required to build on masks and need social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic. The competition used to be additionally miniature to 1,000 individuals. Final year, it wasn’t starting up to the public due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Passing your physique thru the flames cleanses your soul and delivers your prayers to Buddha,” said Koshou Kamimura, a Buddhist monk from Takaosan Yakuouin Temple.
“Historically, Mt Takaosan is a wanted location to pray for deliverance from plagues, so I felt we could perchance perhaps additionally light need the competition this year with obvious precautions.”