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  • Theemithi festival at Sri Mariamman Temple, 1975

    This photograph shows a Theemithi firewalking festival of 1975 at the courtyard of the Sri Mariamman temple. A Hindu man is seen stepping briskly on the hot coal. A trench filled with milk is seen on the right for the devotees to dip their feet after their firewalking. Title devised...
  • Theemithi festival at Sri Mariamman Temple, 1975

    This photograph shows a Theemithi firewalking festival of 1975 at the courtyard of the Sri Mariamman temple. Three Hindu men are briskly walking on the hot coal pit. Excited spectators watch from behind the barriers, while a few photographers are seen near the milk trench. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Theemithi festival at Sri Mariamman Temple, 1975

    This photograph shows a Theemithi firewalking festival of 1975 at the courtyard of the Sri Mariamman temple. A devotee is seen running on the hot coal pit carrying branches of leaves, while excited spectators watch from behind the barriers. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Theemithi festival at Sri Mariamman Temple, 1975

    This photograph shows a Theemithi firewalking festival of 1975 at the Sri Mariamman temple. It shows a priest and a devotee seemingly in preparation for the firewalking. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Theemithi festival at Sri Mariamman Temple, 1975

    This photograph shows an interior view of the Sri Mariamman temple in 1975, where a Theemithi firewalking festival is held. It shows a penance ritual involving the use of the chaattai (whip) tied to the firewalkers' wrists. Another devotee with pierced chest and back is seen on the left. Title...
  • Theemithi festival at Sri Mariamman Temple, 1975

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    This photograph shows a Theemithi firewalking festival of 1975 at the courtyard of the Sri Mariamman temple. Two Hindu men are pouring milk into a trench where devotees will dip their feet after their firewalking. Excited spectators are cordoned off from the pit area by black and white barriers. Title...