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Flaming Coconut Football Sports

12 November 2012
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The scorching coconut football is popular in many Islamic boarding schools across East Java and is a traditional Indonesian martial art. The aim of the pre-match rituals, and the match itself, is to give the players psychological toughness and spiritual strength.

Flaming Coconut Football Sports

The fuel for this match is kerosene, in which the coconut gets soaked for two days. As the flames begin to die, the players prepare for another ball - they might go through six balls during a match.

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