Fire Dancers, Koh Somet, Thailand

indiafrank

Parkside, Australia

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432 viewings as of 12 May 2016.

On the water’s edge at night, on Koh Somet, while eating our meal at a beach restaurant, fire dancers performed and entertained us with their skilled work with fire.

The ancient art of fire dancing began hundreds of years ago by the people of Polynesia. In an area spanning over 4,000 square miles with hundreds of islands, it’s hard to pin-point exactly where in Polynesia fire dancing began. However it is believed that the Maori people of New Zealand were the first pioneers as the originators of poi.

Poi is a Maori word meaning “ball on a string.” Maoris warriors originally used poi as a form of exercise to train for battle or hunting.

As darkness falls on the popular beaches of South Thailand, it’s time for these nocturnal creatures to come out and play. Spinning, twisting, dipping and twirling, the fire dancers take centre stage silencing audiences with their danger defiant moves.

How poi as a performance art became adopted as a popular form of entertainment in Thailand and other parts of the world is unknown. Yet as you watch the spell-bound fire dancer work his way into an almost trance like state, ancient tribal origins do not seem so far away.
Fire dancers are frequently employed at the many bars and restaurants lining Thailand’s shores.

To those undaunted by the sport, think again – it takes months of practice to tone the body and hone the skills to fire dance before an audience.

The most deadly of all fire dancing apparatus is the skipping rope, which requires dexterity and sharp reflexes.

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