Photo of the Day 12 June 2008

Fire Dancer, Bora-Bora, Society Islands, 1997
Photograph by Jodi Cobb

A riot of light illuminates the night at a Bora-Bora resort. Fire dancing is a relatively recent Polynesian tradition, originated by a Samoan dancer in 1946. It is performed with knives wired with cotton towels soaked with a flammable liquid.