Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Another self-torturing performance freaked us out at the Tagesan Fudoson (多気山不動尊) fire festival.
Young monk appeared in public with a handful of bamboo branches in his hand, then approached the big metal bowl filled with boiling water. After reciting a sutra, he revealed his upper body. We just held our breath and waited for his next move to come...
He broke the silence by frantically spraying boiling water on himself. We were just speechless at this show of extravagant discipline. Bamboo branches shuttled between the pot and his body more than 10 times until his body was (most likely) cooked.
When it was done, he was overwhelmed by the standing ovation.