Dimitris Xygalatas

Dimitris Xygalatas is assistant professor in the department of anthropology at the University of Connecticut and director of the Experimental Anthropology Lab there.

Written by Dimitris Xygalatas

A Tamil man falls into a trance-like state as he performs the Vel Kavadi ritual. Photo by Mark Henley/Panos

Trial by fire

From fire-walking to the ice-bucket challenge, ritual pain and suffering forge intense social bonds

Dimitris Xygalatas