|Bolas de Fuego|
Ritual can act as a form of vaccination. We deal with a small piece of what terrifies us. This small dose can be beaten by our defenses. Throwing the balls ourselves gives us a sense of control over the unpredictable. Getting hit by a flaming ball, we survive and relish the excitement.
Does the festival prevent us from being decimated by another volcanic eruption? Do I want this festival to take place in my neighborhood? No and No. However, it does provide the residents of Nejapa with a way to approach and deal with the overwhelming, and that is the powerful quality that ritual brings to our approach to the difficult and insurmountable issues that confront us in life and death.