Extreme piercings put devotees in soul-cleansing trance at Thai festival

Extreme piercings put devotees in soul-cleansing trance at Thai festival

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Devotees say the piercings symbolize repentance for sins and are meant to ward off evil spirits.

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Extreme piercings put devotees in soul-cleansing trance at Thai festival

1. A medium man with his mouth pierced is portrayed while in trance during the Kathu Shrine procession of the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket Town, Thailand, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Extreme piercings put devotees in soul-cleansing trance at Thai festival

2. A medium woman with her mouth pierced is portrayed while in trance at the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket Town, Thailand, October 2. Worshippers on Thailand's Phuket island have celebrated a nine-day Taoist festival, with many piercing their faces with metal spikes and walking on hot coals to show devotion to deities. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Extreme piercings put devotees in soul-cleansing trance at Thai festival

3. A medium man with his mouth pierced is portrayed while in trance during the Ban Tha Rue Shrine procession amidst celebrations of the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket Town, Thailand, September 30. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Extreme piercings put devotees in soul-cleansing trance at Thai festival

4. A medium woman with her mouth pierced is portrayed while in trance during the annual vegetarian festival, October 2. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Extreme piercings put devotees in soul-cleansing trance at Thai festival

5. A medium woman with her mouth pierced is portrayed while in trance, October 2. Devotees, who abstain from sex, alcohol, and meat during the festival, say the piercings symbolize repentance for sins and is meant to ward off evil spirits. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Extreme piercings put devotees in soul-cleansing trance at Thai festival

6. A medium man with his mouth pierced is portrayed while in trance during the Bang Neow Shrine procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket Town, Thailand, October 1. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Extreme piercings put devotees in soul-cleansing trance at Thai festival

7. A medium woman with her mouth pierced is portrayed while in trance during the Jui Tui Shrine procession amidst celebrations of the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket Town, Thailand, October 2. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Extreme piercings put devotees in soul-cleansing trance at Thai festival

8. A medium man with his mouth and body pierced is portrayed while in trance, October 3. The tradition goes back some 150 years. Legend has it that a Chinese opera troupe fell ill in Phuket but made a full recovery after observing a vegetarian diet and performing rituals to the Emperor Gods. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Extreme piercings put devotees in soul-cleansing trance at Thai festival

9. A medium man with his mouth and body pierced is portrayed while in trance, September 29. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Extreme piercings put devotees in soul-cleansing trance at Thai festival

10. A medium woman with her mouth pierced is portrayed while in trance during the Kathu Shrine procession during the vegetarian festival in Phuket Town, October 3. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Extreme piercings put devotees in soul-cleansing trance at Thai festival

11. A medium woman with her mouth pierced is portrayed during the Jui Tui Shrine procession of the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community, in Phuket Town, October 2. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Extreme piercings put devotees in soul-cleansing trance at Thai festival

12. A medium man with his mouth pierced is portrayed while in trance, October 1. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Extreme piercings put devotees in soul-cleansing trance at Thai festival

13. A medium woman Patcharaporn Phromchai with her mouth pierced is portrayed while in trance during the Ban Tha Rue Shrine procession amidst celebrations of the annual vegetarian festival, September 30. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Extreme piercings put devotees in soul-cleansing trance at Thai festival

14. A medium man with his mouth pierced is portrayed while in trance, September 29. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Extreme piercings put devotees in soul-cleansing trance at Thai festival

15. A medium man with his mouth pierced is portrayed while in trance, September 29. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Extreme piercings put devotees in soul-cleansing trance at Thai festival

16. A medium man with his mouth pierced is portrayed while in trance during the Samkong Shrine procession amidst celebrations of the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket Town, Thailand, September 29. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Extreme piercings put devotees in soul-cleansing trance at Thai festival

17. A medium man with his mouth pierced is portrayed while in trance, September 29. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Keywords: Piercings | Extreme piercings | Thai festival | Festival | Holidays | People | Extraordinary people | Evil spirits | Traditions

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