Hiwatarishiki - Fire Walking Ritual

PhotographerBirgit Schuch
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryUtrecht, Netherlands
Photo Date2016-11-3
Entry Description

Hiwatarishiki (Fire Walking Ritual) is held every year on the 3rd of November (Culture Day) by monks of the Daiganji Temple at Miyajima (Japan). This impressive ritual, especially meant for purification, takes place in the forecourt of Daiganji Temple in front of the Gomadou Hall, seat of the guardian deity Fudoumyoo. As a photographer I documented this event in 2016.

About Photographer

Birgit Schuch is a photographer and cultural anthropologist whose focus is on the human living and working conditions and on cultural events and festivals. She is engaged in event photography and social documentary. Travelling has always been her passion and has taken her especially to several countries in Asia.