Traditional Bijago Fire Dance Pic. Courtesy:

Traditional Bijago Fire Dance Pic. Courtesy:

He jumped up and down and his feet stomped the ground

Fire burning, feeling nothing, he swirled round

His head light, light from the high

The high of communing with the gods

He was with them and them with him

Fire burning, burning higher

On the grounds he danced, on the floor he marched on

Fire never burning him, Fire not burning them

They jumped high, they danced with their bodies gyrating

They were high, high from being with the gods

Fire burning, feeling nothing, they swirled round

          Thots by Abi

*The traditional Bijagos Fire Dance is performed by the people of the Orango Grande Island in the Bijagos Archipelago off the coast of Guinea Bissau*