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This sacred fire dance is performed to celebrate the birth of children, the beginning of the harvest season and to remember the dead. This sacred fire dance is performed to celebrate the birth of children, the beginning of the harvest season and to remember the dead.

Last night I was treated to a show organised by the Kokopo Beach Bungalow resort where I was staying in Papua New Guinea.

To say the show was red hot is an understatement!

The Baining Fire Dance was performed by a group of local villagers on the beach outside the resort. It was a great honour for us as usually they only do this show in their village.
This sacred fire dance is performed to celebrate the birth of children, the beginning of the harvest season and to remember the dead.

It was totally absorbing and not a little scary as these dancers swayed in time to the music of the village band (banging bamboo poles onto more bamboo) before jumping through, into and occasionally onto the roaring bonfire.

The dance is also a way for young men to pass into adulthood but a couple of them nearly became barbecue as they plunged into the flames. as cultural experiences go, it was a blast. More from Port Moresby tomorrow.

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Written by: Jon Underwood
Published: 4 September 2013


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