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Thaipusam is a day for penance and atonement among the Hindu community. The festival begins with a grand procession of the silver chariot bearing the statue of Lord Subramaniam. A striking feature of the procession is the sight of thousands of coconuts being thrown on the streets and devotees carrying kavadis or wooden steel yokes with longspiles and metal hooks pierced into their bodies.

The picture is the typical scene you will see during this festival. take a hard look on the rope attached by a metal hooked to the skin at the back of the guy in red. i know is not clear but if you look closely you will notice his back skin stretched out... looks painful but they say they don't feel anything because they are in trans

*** sorry about the quality this was taken by a disposable camera. i just scanned it and made some post processing in PSP

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