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Body piercing rituals at Thai Vegetarian Festival

Body piercing rituals at Thai Vegetarian Festival
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Warning, these images may cause distress.
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A devotee from the Sapam Shrine (Phuket) with multiple knives piercing his cheek.
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A devotee from the Sapam Shrine (Phuket) with a spike piercing his cheek.
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A young devotee of the Sapam Shrine with a toy gun piercing his cheek.
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A devotee from the Sapam Shrine (Phuket) with multiple spikes piercing through his cheek.
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A devotee from the Sapam Shrine (Phuket) with multiple spikes piercing his cheek.
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Mediums endure long hours of preparation before the procession kicks off.
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A devotee of the Sapam Shrine with multiple spikes through his cheek.
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Mediums endure long hours of preparation before the procession kicks off.
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Mediums endure long hours of preparation before the procession kicks off.
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A devotee of the Sapam Shrine with multiple spikes in his cheek.
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A devotee from the Sapam Shrine (Phuket) with multiple knives piercing his cheek.
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A devotee from Sapam Shrine gets assistance from his personal attendant while on a procession through Phuket Old Town.
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Also women participate as mediums and get pierced, although less spectacularly than men.
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The processions are accompanied by heavy fireworks and consequent smoke.
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Decorations of the mediums include Taoist symbols.
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A devotee of the Sapam Shrine being assisted by a personal attendant for a blood spill.
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A medium bestowing blessings during the ceremony at the Sapam Shrine.
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A devotee of the Sapam Shrine with real flowers being inserted in his cheek.
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Mediums endure long hours of preparation before the procession kicks off.
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A devotee of the Sapam Shrine with toy swords piercing his cheek.
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Mediums endure long hours of preparation before the procession kicks off.
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Mediums endure long hours of preparation before the procession kicks off.
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Mediums endure long hours of preparation before the procession kicks off.
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A devotee of the Sapam Shrine experiencing trance.
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  • Body piercing rituals at Thai Vegetarian Festival
  • Body piercing rituals at Thai Vegetarian Festival
  • Body piercing rituals at Thai Vegetarian Festival
  • Body piercing rituals at Thai Vegetarian Festival
  • Body piercing rituals at Thai Vegetarian Festival
  • Body piercing rituals at Thai Vegetarian Festival
  • Body piercing rituals at Thai Vegetarian Festival
  • Body piercing rituals at Thai Vegetarian Festival
  • Body piercing rituals at Thai Vegetarian Festival
  • Body piercing rituals at Thai Vegetarian Festival
  • Body piercing rituals at Thai Vegetarian Festival
  • Body piercing rituals at Thai Vegetarian Festival
  • Body piercing rituals at Thai Vegetarian Festival
  • Body piercing rituals at Thai Vegetarian Festival
  • Body piercing rituals at Thai Vegetarian Festival
  • Body piercing rituals at Thai Vegetarian Festival
  • Body piercing rituals at Thai Vegetarian Festival
  • Body piercing rituals at Thai Vegetarian Festival
  • Body piercing rituals at Thai Vegetarian Festival
  • Body piercing rituals at Thai Vegetarian Festival
  • Body piercing rituals at Thai Vegetarian Festival
  • Body piercing rituals at Thai Vegetarian Festival
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The vegetarian festival in Phuket sees a great deal of devotional activities in the Chinese communities. Trance and heavy piercing are part of the tradition. Phuket, Thailand. 29th September 2011.

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