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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Vegetarian Festival celebrated with cheek piercings (Warning: Graphic)

A devotee of the Chinese shrine of Kathu Shrine, pierces his body with needles during a procession at the Vegetarian Festival on October 4, 2011 in Phuket, Thailand. Ritual Vegetarianism in Phuket Island traces it roots back to the early 1800's. The festival begins on the first evening of the ninth lunar month and lasts for nine days. Participants in the festival perform acts of body piercing as a means of shifting evil spirits from individuals onto themselves and bring the community good luck.