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Walking on Fire: A Path Of Courage

Video story January 20, 2022

Walking on fire may seem dangerous to most, but for devotees at the Sri Mariamman Temple, it is a sacred reminder of what being human really means.

Every year during Theemithi, they walk across a fire pit to give their thanksgiving to the goddess Drowpathai. Vimen, a longtime volunteer at the temple, shares what goes through his mind when he steps into the pit, and why devotees and non-Hindus alike return to the fire each year.

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