Gallery: Shocking rituals of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival | Travel Asia with CNNGo.com – The Insiders Guide to Travelling in Asia

“Body-piercing urban hipsters have got nothing on devotees at the Phuket Vegetarian Festival.

During this annual religious event, Phuket’s Thai-Chinese residents observe a 10-day vegetarian — or full-on vegan — diet as part of a spiritual cleansing and merit-making session. Offerings and rituals are conducted at various Chinese shrines and temples on the island.

OK, nothing shocking about that.

It’s the aesthetic displays, such as walking barefoot over hot coals, facial piercing and trips up ladders with bladed rungs performed by entranced devotees known as ‘Ma Song’ that make the event memorable — and a spectator challenge of its own kind for the easily nauseated.” Read more: Shocking rituals of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival | Travel Asia with CNNGo.com

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~ by Jen C. on 14/11/2009.

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