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The Art of Being Luis Marden



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Fire Walking in Fiji
Photograph by Luis Marden

“Barefoot Believers in Their Own Magic Cross Steaming Stones Unharmed,” reads the caption from Marden’s October 1958 story, “The Islands Called Fiji.” What accounted for the natives’ ability to walk across a pit of red-hot stones without wincing or suffering blisters on their feet? Self-hypnosis induced by deep faith, according to one physician.






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