Saudi men shoot at their own feet in folk war dance

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The Taasheer folk dance is traditionally performed in the western Saudi Arabian province of Taif. Wearing traditional headdresses, the male members of the clan, both young and old, load their guns with gunpowder without bullets, before taking centre stage to showcase their dancing skills. They fire at their feet, creating the illusion of being propelled off the ground. Also known as the “fire dance”, the tribal tradition is performed at weddings, festivals and other special occasions.

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