from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A ceremony of the Fijians in which a number of barefooted men walk over hot stones which fill a large circular pit.
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After the fire-walk the feet of the performers are washed and are found to be uninjured.
Thus, Mr. Stokes printed in the Indian Antiquary (ii.p. 190) notes of evidence taken at an inquest on a boy of fourteen, who fell during the fire-walk, was burned, and died on that day.
The event is full of pageantry and symbolism: processions with religious statues, trumpets sounding before each fire-walk, and three virgins or, these days, three women who are unmarried.
This was the moment for Sean McGuire, living up to the background lyrics of the fire-walk:
a letter of a correspondent of d'Alembert, that the Earl met a form of the fire-walk in Spain.