Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Phuket Vegetarian Festival
PHUKET, THAILAND - OCTOBER 10: Vegetarian festival devotees invite the spirits of gods to possess their bodies at the Bang Neow shrine in Phuket, Thailand on October 10, 2013. Ritual Vegetarianism in Phuket Island traces it roots back to the early 1800's. The annual 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. The ritualized mutilation is performed at a local Buddhist shrine under a trance-like state and is careful supervised. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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