The unnamed Danish man (pictured) waiting patiently for the coming-of-age ritual, before being accidentally set on fire by friends

The unnamed Danish man (pictured) waiting patiently for the coming-of-age ritual, before being accidentally set on fire by friends

A video has emerged of a Danish man being set on fire after a light-hearted tradition went horribly wrong.

The unmarried man believed to be 25, can be seen engulfed in flames after friends threw cinnamon on him in the bizarre coming-of-age ritual.

The tradition sees unmarried men (and women) in Denmark covered in spices when they reach the milestone age.

It stems from the sixteenth century, where Danish spice salesmen were so caught up with work they ‘didn’t have time to date’.

In the clip posted by video sharing website Liveleak, the unsuspecting man can be seen with a dust mask on and hands tied behind his back as his mischievous companions gather for the peculiar right-of-passage.

He is splashed with water before the spices are thrown on him. Just seconds later he is engulfed into a ball of flames, before falling to the floor in agony.

‘Because he had a dust mask on and his friends poured water on him first, he was mostly unharmed, he only suffered from minor burns on his legs.’

‘Normally you just cover the victim in cinnamon, it’s not part of the tradition to accidentally light your friend on fire.’, the poster on Liveleak said.

It is thought the dust cloud around the victim ignited.

SOURCE: Daily Mail