Author Topic: Brazil: Faith tested by fire in St. John the Forerunner's feast  (Read 64 times)

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Offline RaphaCam

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Yearly, in the Nativity of St. John the Forerunner, the Roman Catholic faithful in rural Southeastern Brazil will walk through fire. Popular lore says these who walk with lack of faith may get burned, even if they have their shoes on. A friend's father witnessed people kneeling and making the sign of the cross, getting no harm. I'm not sure about the origins of this tradition, but I suspect it may be Northern Portuguese or Galician.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaD1blIi5Jw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_v1y9G-jNQc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJM2bb2PJKU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tahBn86hFng

I wouldn't accept the challenge myself. There are celebrations here in Rio where people jump through a bonfire, however, which is far less daring.

« Last Edit: June 09, 2016, 07:26:16 PM by RaphaCam »
Only-begotten Son and Logos of God, being immortal, you condescended for our salvation to take flesh from the holy Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary and, without change, became man. Christ, our God, you were crucified and conquered death by death. Being one with the Holy Trinity, glorified with the Father and the Holy Spirit: save us.