Many Chinese traditions date back thousands of years and have evolved with the times, but one remaining folk Han Chinese tradition during the Spring Festival comes off as more than a little creepy.

In several provinces, fire worship, a product of witchcraft and totem worship, is still performed. Because fire is considered to be indispensable to human survival, it is seen as a spirit to worship. The following photos are from the blood fire performance:

Notice the man smiling in the background.

The scissors picture stands out as the most gruesome.

These could be photos from the Chinese version of A Nightmare on Elm Street.