Hinduism Fire Parade

The Secrets behind of Hinduism Fire Parade

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I think there are few people who don’t know the traditional Hindu fire march. In Burmese, that traditional festival is called the Fire Parade. Hindus call it Thimithi.

A hot coal, Or, it is a tradition rooted in the Namil Nadu region of southern India, where the stones are laid on a path with bare feet. It is learned that the Hindus celebrate this festival in reference to one of their deities, the goddess Draupati. Before the fire march, there are festivals based on the background of the culture. It’s a kind of sacrifice that Tamil women do. After all those matches, this fire-treading match came. 

According to Hindus, if their devotion to their goddess is true, they can cross the fire barefoot without getting burned. So, that fire march is really because they have genuine faith in religion, Protected by the goddess, can you walk barefoot across the blazing fire floor? 

What if there is a scientific solution to this…

It is explained in physics and thermodynamics. It will mainly be related to the nature of thermal conductivity called Thermal Conductivity. 

If we look at the fire marches, usually the fire paths that are paved for treading are charcoal. Burning charcoal and paving the fire road. Charcoal is, in other words, a kind of carbon element. 

Carbon elements are generally poor conductors of heat. The main concept of Thermal Conductivity is that thermal energy is a type of vibrational kinetic energy in the molecules in a substance. If this kinetic energy is transferred to the molecules in the substance, it can become thermal conductivity. It is a kind of courage to transfer the heat energy that he has from one novel to another novel. 

Carbon materials, which are mainly used in fire fighting, do not promote thermal conductivity very much. Due to poor thermal conductivity, it takes a long time to transfer heat from one novel to another. That is, if you step on those charcoal blocks, it takes a long time for the heat in the charcoal block to continue flowing into your feet. It means that the heat takes time to change the legs. 

Those who have seen the fire march will know, Many of those who walked walked very quickly and sparingly. During the walk, the steps are quite fast, so the heat from the charcoal cannot travel to the legs in such a short time. That’s why there is no injury to the feet. 

Another thing you’ll notice is that most fire marches take place at night. If you look closely, you can see ash sprinkled on the coals along the footpath. They can see it during the day, but they don’t really notice it at night. The ashes sprinkled on the coals are just like the coals. They are elements with weak thermal conductivity. Of course, it was between the legs with charcoal. So, while the heat coming from the charcoal takes a long time to reach the feet, it is as if there is a layer of buffer between the heat coming from the bottom and the feet due to the ashes on top. So it takes more time for the heat to flow to the legs. 

And then there’s the fact that physicists have speculated why the trampers didn’t feel the heat. That is called the Leidenfrost effect. Those who have been in the kitchen will know. Open the pan without adding anything to it and wait a while for it to get hot. If you think it’s hot enough after a while, try putting a drop or two of water drops on top. If those water droplets don’t evaporate at once, you’ll see small droplets breaking out and running here and there.

This is called the Leidenfrost effect. If the surface (surface) that is not touching the droplet just dropped has a temperature higher than the liquid boiling point of that water, the droplet will not evaporate spontaneously. Instead, some of the water molecules below the droplet evaporate and become a layer of water vapor that separates the fire from the upper part of the droplet for a period of time. It’s like there’s a layer of water in the middle, so it’s like he’s shielding the water dispenser body from below, and the rest of the part above doesn’t evaporate immediately. 

When stepping on fire, some people who step on fire may experience this feeling if their feet are wet. As it is separated from the soles of the feet, it does not feel the heat for a certain amount of time. The temperature of coals in fire pits is much higher than the boiling point of water. They average around 250-500 degrees Celsius. In other words, even if some amount of heat can be transferred to the foot, the callus on the bottom of the foot is tougher than other skins, so it can still withstand the heat for a while.

Anyway, fire marches are quite dangerous. If you don’t know how to step/walk rhythmically like professional fire walkers, If you accidentally slip and trip while walking, Otherwise, if you don’t walk slowly and walk slowly, you can burn your feet. But it must be said that such a burning process is rare. The next step is to step on materials like carbon instead of stepping on iron plates and steel plates, which have strong thermal conductivity, so you won’t feel the heat as quickly. The scientific explanation is just that. 

If those beliefs are really true, try walking the fire marches on a hot iron instead of on charcoal. I would like to advise you to invite those who can have real faith and try to stop the fire instead of ‘stepping’ on it. In fact, if your beliefs are true, standing on the iron plate for an hour will not be enough of a problem. 

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