In Sri Lanka, I saw a performance of the traditional Kandyan dance accompanied by tumultuous drumming. Dances included cobra dance, mask dance, the Ginisila, showing power over fire. The entire frenetic and colourful spectacle climaxed with amazing fire- walking act.
The origin of fire walking can be traced back to the epic story of Rama & Sita. Ravana, the king of Ceylon, had abducted Sita. She proved her chastity during her enforced stay with Ravana by walking barefoot on fire and came unhurt. The devotees who perform fire walking seek divine blessings.