Dances Sacred and Profane  

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"I finally met Fakir at Annie Sprinkle's New York apartment in 1980. The next year Fakir and I worked together on a feature film by Mark and Dan Jury titled Dances Sacred and Profane, in which Fakir not only explains but demonstrates his philosophy and practices. The climax of the film shows Fakir doing the Native American Sun Dance ritual. He performed a preliminary ritual at Devils Tower in Wyoming--a sensational sacred site. Then Fakir found a remote wooded area, consecrated a cottonwood tree, and suspended himself with flesh-hooks while he left his body and communicated with the Great White Spirit. The footage was awesome, and when the film opened at San Francisco's Roxie Theater in 1985, there were lines around the block. Lots of people were interested in these rituals." - Charles Gatewood

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Dances Sacred and Profane (1985) is a film by Dan Jury and Mark Jury, written by Charles Gatewood. It is a "mondo" style documentary about body modification, modern primitives and Fakir Musafar. It premiered at the Antwerp Film Festival and was screened at American theaters to critical acclaim.

The film follows Fakir Musafar to South Dakota with Jim Ward for the photoshoot of a "Sun Dance" ceremony that featured Fakir hanging in a A Man Called Horse-style sun dance (O-kee-pa) from his chest piercings.


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