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October 30, 2006

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Chinese men walk barefoot over burning coals on the final day of the Nine Emperor Gods festival at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 30, 2006. The festival falls on the ninth day of the ninth moon in the Chinese lunar calendar.

Firewalkers stick to strict vegetarian diets for days before the painful ceremony to purify their bodies. The gods are believed to bestow healing, good health, and longevity to those who take part.

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