Struggle against evil sparks China ritual

Villagers in eastern China have a unique way of washing away the taint of evil spirits — by bathing in a shower of scorching sparks. The ritual takes place in the city of Putian in Fujian province, where China’s Hakka people are concentrated and hold extended celebrations for the annual Lantern Festival, which officially fell on February 11. The ceremony in the village of Fangshan begins when eight local men selected by village elders don ancient-style Chinese dress to pray in a temple for protection from the Buddha.

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