Firedancing

Twirling, spinning, dipping and twisting.
These are the moves made by the nocturnal creatures, as darkness falls and they come out to play.
 
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The fiery fuel soaked balls known as ‘Poi” hang heavy on the end of chains as captivated travellers look upon the acrobatic actions with awe, wonder and the question of “How on earth do they do that?”.
 
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It’s a feat that requires much skill, and as the movements begin in sync to the music, the audience falls silent.
 
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You’ll find fire dancers all over Thailand, with the majority lining beaches such as Koh Samui and Koh Samet in the evenings, but you’ll also see them during half moon parties. Unfortunately due to the lack of health and safety laws in Thailand, you’ll see many travellers assuming they can pick up months of dedication and practice, in five minutes, and accidents do happen. But luckily the worst I’ve seen was a minor burn that came from the fiery skipping rope of wonder. I call it that because I can’t help but wonder how a single piece of rope can draw out all of a drunk persons stupidity and danger-defiant nature!
 
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Fire dancing is believed to originate from the Māori people of New Zealand.
Poi spinning was an important part of their culture and was used not only as a gorgeous display of entertainment, but as part of warrior training to improve their agility. Since then Poi spinning has become somewhat well known across the globe, yet as you watch the concentration and precision as the firedancer spins his way into an almost zen like state, Poi’s ancient tribal origins don’t seem too far away.