Loincloth-clad firestarters banish evil spirits with giant flaming torches

The annual 'Oniyo Fire Festival' took place in the Japanese city of Kurume, where people gathered for the ritual of expelling 'evil spirits', on Sunday. The event took place in front of Tamateregu Shrine, which is thought to be the exact place these celebrations have been practiced for 1,600 years. People wearing loincloths lit six giant torches of 13 metres in length, before standing under... Еще them, since falling ash is perceived to be a blessing that can bring good luck. Participants also ran around with smaller torches and drummed with sticks as part of a performance for driving away 'demons' . The event in celebrated annually on January 7.

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