20 of History’s Most Powerful Photos

3. The Burning Monk

When fire meets skin doused in gasoline, it can spread in seconds, showing little hesitation to swallow the being wrapped in flesh. This burning being was a Buddhist Monk in Vietnam who wanted to protest against policies and laws that were pro-catholic and discriminatory of Buddhists in 1963. For ordinary people like us, this fatal sacrificing of the self is hard to fathom, but Vietnamese monks have been practicing it for centuries, usually to honor Gautama Buddha.