firewalking at the anastenaria in greece

Something that interests me between different cultures, and even within a culture is the coexistence of the acceptable and taboo. A friendly gesture by a group is an insult to another. What is sacred to one is seen as insane by the next person. The video explores one example of this in northern Greece.

A firewalking festival called the Anastenaria, revolves around a set of ancient icons that worshippers believe have special powers – to purify, heal, and protect. But others view the ritual as sacrilege.