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Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2013.

Added on by Srdjan Stepanovic.
A man in trance at a Chinese temple in Phuket during the annual vegetarian festival. The chosen spirit mediums or "mah songs" are the devotees through which the gods communicate. They often self-mutilate their bodies in order to absorb evil spirits and bring good luck to the community.

A man in trance at a Chinese temple in Phuket during the annual vegetarian festival. The chosen spirit mediums or "mah songs" are the devotees through which the gods communicate. They often self-mutilate their bodies in order to absorb evil spirits and bring good luck to the community.

Jui Tui shrine in Phuket just before the morning rituals.

Jui Tui shrine in Phuket just before the morning rituals.

Warriors line up to receive blessings at a Chinese shrine in Phuket, Thailand. 

Warriors line up to receive blessings at a Chinese shrine in Phuket, Thailand. 

Prayer for a man with his tongue pierced by a sword. Jui Tui shrine, Phuket.

Prayer for a man with his tongue pierced by a sword. Jui Tui shrine, Phuket.

A boy supporting the hand of a devotee who is getting pierced by needles.

A boy supporting the hand of a devotee who is getting pierced by needles.

Extreme piercings at Jui Tui shrine, Phuket.

Extreme piercings at Jui Tui shrine, Phuket.

Street procession of warriors in Phuket during the annual vegetarian festival.

Street procession of warriors in Phuket during the annual vegetarian festival.

Firecrackers.

Firecrackers.